Programs and Services
Canada Community Pasture Program Transition
The Saskatchewan Government is making patrons of federal community pastures the priority after the federal government announced its plans to wind-down the federal community pasture program and transfer the land back to the provinces in the spring of 2012. The community pastures will be transferred to the province and to patron controlled operation by 2018.
Throughout the summer of 2012, the province consulted with federal pasture patrons on the transition of federal community pastures to patron-controlled ownership and operation.
In October 2012, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced the first 10 federal community pastures to be transferred to the province and to patron-controlled operation for the 2014 grazing season.
In November 2012, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced funding to help pasture patron groups prepare to assume operation of federal community pastures. Pasture patron groups are eligible for a maximum benefit of up to $120,000 per group. Funding will be provided under the Saskatchewan Farm Business Development Initiative.
In March 2013, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced further options to help federal community pasture patrons assume operation of their community pasture. Patron groups will have the opportunity to either lease or purchase their pasture. If a patron group chooses to lease, the provincial government will offer a 15 year lease term. The provincial government will also provide use of fixed assets to patrons at no cost, provided patrons perform regular maintenance. Patrons also have the option to purchase these improvements at zero per cent interest over the term of their lease, if they wish to do so in order to gain equity.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will patron groups have the option to lease pastures rather than purchasing?
Will the Saskatchewan Government sell the pastures to the highest bidder?
How is the government's priority to support patrons balanced with the responsibility to all Saskatchewan taxpayers?
What support is available for patron groups as they prepare to take over their pastures?
Will there be environmental easements on the land?
What will happen to land that is subject to The Wildlife Habitat Protection Act?
For more information, contact the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, Lands Branch at 306-787-5322.
The Canada Community Pasture Transition Program offers funds to Canada Community Pasture Program patrons so they can develop legal entities, operational business plans and technical skills in order to lease or purchase Saskatchewan pasture land.