Agricultural Crown Land

The Manitoba government encourages sustainable use of Crown land for multiple uses. Crown lands suitable for agricultural use may be leased for grazing, haying or annual cropping, depending on the capability of the land.

Through a careful planning process, land use and watershed specialists determine how parcels of Crown land may be used, the intensity of use and how different parcels may be developed. Working together, they ensure that goals for water quality and quantity can be achieved within watershed boundaries.


NEW! Agricultural Crown Lands Program Modernization

Did you know the Crown Lands Act has been amended?

On November 8, 2018, Bill 35: The Crown Lands Amendment Act received Royal Assent but does not come into force until proclamation. This piece of legislation provides for the ability to protect Community Pastures through special designation, while also enabling a public auction mechanism for the allocation of agricultural leases and permits.

Although the Act has been amended, there is still ongoing work developing regulation and policy. Additional information is available on our Frequently Asked Questions page. Comments are welcome at:


NEW! Suspension of Unit Transfers and Crown Land Sales Applications

The Manitoba Government has recently conducted an internal review of the Crown land and property sales process as part of its ongoing efforts to ensure value for money for all Manitobans.

As a result of this review, the Manitoba Government has temporarily suspended the acceptance of all applications for the purchase of Crown land or property.

Efforts are currently underway to modernize and improve the process to identify Crown land and property available for sale and to develop a fair and transparent way of communicating this information.

Applications previously received at Real Estate Services Division (formerly Crown Lands Property Agency) will continue to be processed.

Furthermore, in response to consultations on the administration of the agricultural Crown lands leasing program, Manitoba Agriculture is temporarily suspending the acceptance of applications for unit transfers.

Unit transfers, the ability of an existing lease holder to assign their lease to the purchaser of their farm operation, was identified by stakeholders as an aspect of the leasing program that required more in-depth review to improve transparency and fairness to new and existing program participants.

Existing unit transfer applications will continue to be processed and additional stakeholder consultations on unit transfers will be scheduled over the winter.


Related links:

Manitoba Real Estate Services Division

Frequently Asked Questions


NEW! Manitoba Agriculture has released a summary report on the recent Agricultural Crown Lands (ACL)Program Modernization consultation. Visit the Surveys and Consultations page to review the report. 



The Agricultural Crown Lands Leasing Program administers leases and permits and promotes improvement of agricultural Crown lands.

The Agricultural Crown Lands Appeal Tribunal considers appeals from anyone unhappy with a decision regarding the management and administration of agricultural Crown lands.

Manitoba Agriculture Farm Production Advisors provide advice on farm production using agricultural Crown lands. Crown land district offices are noted with an asterisk on the Manitoba Agriculture Office page.