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Manitoba Crown Land Right-of-Way (3-MB-b)

Information current as of 2019
In Manitoba, a developer may need an Easement and a Work Permit from the Lands Branch of the Sustainable Development Department (Lands Branch) if the project is located upon, over, under, or in respect of any Crown lands. C.C.S.M., c. C340, s. 7(1)(e). "Crown lands" includes "land, whether within or without the province, vested in the Crown, and includes "provincial lands" wherever that expression is used in an Act of the Legislature." C.C.S.M., c. C340, s. 1. If approved, the Minister may require the developer to apply for and be issued a Work Permit that authorizes the developer to perform specified work upon Crown lands. C.C.S.M., c. C340, s. 7(1)(c), 7.1(1).


The Lands Branch regulates the use of Crown land in Manitoba pursuant to the Crown Lands Act. The Manitoba Department of Finance Real Estate Services Division (Real Estate Services Division) is responsible for the processing and administration of land transactions involving provincial government land, providing a single point service to the public.



Crown Land Right-of-Way Process


3-MB-b.1 – Application for Crown Land Easement

The developer must submit an Application for Crown Land Easement (Application) to the Real Estate Services Division with a sketch or map and the appropriate fee. The developer may also want to include a photo of the site or any other information that could be relevant to the Application or the land in question. Crown Land Application Review Process Info Sheet.

3-MB-b.2 to 3-MB-b.3 – Review Application for Completeness

The Real Estate Services Division reviews the Application for administrative and technical completeness. The Application must be neat and carefully prepared and submitted with the appropriate application fees or it may be rejected. Crown Land Application Review Process Info Sheet.

3-MB-b.4 to 3-MB-b.5 – Circulate Application to Relevant Parties

The Real Estate Services Division must circulate the Application to all relevant government departments, municipalities, planning districts, conservation districts, and communities for comment. Crown Land Application Review Process Info Sheet. The Real Estate Services Division estimates that the circulation process may take ten (10) + weeks.

3-MB-b.6 – Review Application for Approval

The Lands Branch and the Real Estate Services Division collectively review the Application for approval, taking into consideration all the responses received from the parties to which the Application was circulated. The Real Estate Services Division determines the fair market value of the land at the time of the Application. Crown Land Application Review Process Info Sheet.

3-MB-b.7 to 3-MB-b.8 – Provide Notice of Decision

After a decision is made on the Application, the applicant will receive a letter stating whether the Application was approved or denied. The initial approval is in the form of an interim general permit until the work is complete and a Plan of Survey is provided prior to the Easement being registered. Crown Land Application Review Process Info Sheet.

3-MB-b.9 to 3-MB-b.11– Crown Land Easement

The developer may have to pay additional costs for final administrative and legal document preparation work, and if so, those details are included in the decision letter. Crown Land Application Review Process Info Sheet. As a condition of the Easement, a Work Permit is required pursuant to the Crown Lands Act prior to undertaking work on the Crown lands in question. C.C.S.M., c. C340, s. 7(2), 7.1(1).

3-MB-b.12 – Application for Crown Land Work Permit (If Applicable)

The developer must submit a complete Application for Crown Land Work Permit (Application) to the Sustainable Development district office relevant to the project’s location. Depending on the project, the developer may first be required to obtain an Environmental Act License. Work Permit Application Info Sheet. For more information, see:

Provincial Environmental Review:
9-MB-a


3-MB-b.13 to 3-MB-b.14 – Review Application for Approval

A routine work permit application may be reviewed and approved in one day or is some cases up to five (5) business days from receipt of the Application to issuance depending on the complexity. Work Permit Application Info Sheet.

3-MB-b.15 – Crown Land Work Permit

The Crown Land Work Permit may have conditions attached. C.C.S.M., c. C340, s. 7.1(2). The developer may be required to maintain various pieces of functional fire suppression equipment at the site depending on the time of year and the type of project underway. For more detail on those requirements, see the Work Permit Application Info Sheet, p. 1.

3-MB-b.16 to 3-MB-b.17 – Request Review of Manitoba’s Decision

An Applicant whom has their Application denied may request a review of Manitoba’s decision and the reasons for denial through the Real Estate Services Division. A review must be requested by the applicant by letter within 30 days of the notice of the denial. Those parties that did not support the original application will be asked to confirm whether their recommendation to deny the application stands after consideration of information contained in the applicant’s letter requesting the review.


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