Suspension of the Acceptance of all Applications to Purchase Crown Land and Property

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.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.

Lands is accountable for the classification, designation, allocation, planning and management of hundreds of thousands of square kilometres of Crown lands.  This includes reviewing and approving or denying applications, setting fees and specifying conditions for sale, lease, permit, or other like dispositions.  The Branch is also responsible for a number of high profile programs such as the delivery of the Government’s multi-million dollar 2,000 lot cottage subdivision development initiative,  the review and identification of land transfer requirements associated with the fulfilment and resolution of provincial obligations to Indigenous people in approximately 700,000 hectares of land in accordance with treaty land entitlement and flood compensation agreements, and the development of land management plans and the Pimachiowin Aki UNESCO World Heritage Project nomination for more than 2 million hectares of Crown land on the east side of Lake Winnipeg.

The Branch operates under The Crown Lands Act, The Wild Rice Act and The East Side Traditional Lands and Special Protected Areas Act.

The Lands Branch of Sustainable Development has offices throughout the province.  The Neepawa office is home to the Treaty Land Entitlement unit staff. The Director and the balance of the Crown Land Programs and Land Management and Planning staff are located in Winnipeg at 200 Saulteaux Crescent.

Sustainable Development is comprised of four Divisions: Finance & Crown Lands, Parks & Regional Services, Environmental Stewardship and Water Stewardship & Biodiversity. The Lands Branch falls within the Finance and Crown Lands Division and is made up of the following program sections:

  • Crown Land and Aboriginal Land Programs Section
    • Treaty Land Entitlement
    • Cottage Lot Program/First Nation Partnerships
    • Crown Land and Federal Land Programs
    • Other Land Settlement Programs
    • Wild Rice Program
  • Land Management and Planning  Section  
    • Crown Lands Assistant Deputy Ministers Committee Technical Support
    • Interdepartmental Operational Crown Land Plans
    • Municipal Land Planning
    • East Side Traditional Land Planning Initiative
    • Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Project
  • Manitoba Geographic Names Program

Crown Lands and Property Agency (CLPA), a special operating agency in the department of Infrastructure, provides real estate services to Government Departments, Boards, Commissions, Corporations and Agencies.  These services include appraisal and acquisition of property, disposal or leasing of property surplus to government requirements.

If you wish to use or purchase Crown land, please see the application page to download the appropriate application form.