Agricultural Crown Lands Leasing Program

  • Programs and Services
  • Auction for lease and permit allocation
  • Eligibility
  • Fees
  • Policies
  • Appeal Tribunal
  • Contact

Program and Services

  • Allocate leases and permits via auction
  • Manage agricultural Crown lands, including all leases and permits
  • Promote improvement in the productivity and the sustainable use of agricultural Crown lands

Agricultural Crown Lands Lease and Permit Auction

New! Announcing online auctions for agricultural Crown lands

Manitoba News Release - Manitoba Agricultural Crown Land Auctions To Be Held Online - January 11, 2021

A complete listing of agricultural Crown lands available for rent can be found online at:

or a Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development office.

Online bidding will take place February 8, 2021 through February 12, 2021 at Garton's Auction Service.

Available units will be listed for viewing on the auction website starting on February 1, 2021. All bidders will be required to complete and ACL Registration Form (PDF 736 KB), in addition to registering to bid on the online auction platform. The ACL Registration Form (PDF 736 KB) can be completed ahead of the auction and submitted to or faxed to 204-867-6578.

Please note that you may be ineligible to bid in an agricultural Crown lands lease auction if you have not made payment in full for your existing 2021 lease or permit by February 1, 2021.  

For information about participating in a Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Crown Lands Auction, please refer to the Fact Sheet (PDF 158 KB).

Samples of the standard Forage Lease Agreement (PDF 894 KB) and Cropping Lease Agreement (PDF 883 KB) are available for review. Although the lease will apply to most parcels, there may be specific additional provisions that apply to specific parcels.

Auction Results

Eight auctions were held for agricultural Crown land lease allocations in six locations across Manitoba between November 27, 2019 and December 6, 2019. Sixty-two forage leases and eighteen cropping leases were allocated through this new streamlined process. As per auction rules, winning bids and bidders were announced at each auction following each allocation.


An individual must be at least 18 years of age, and be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada).

Corporations, forage cooperatives, partnerships, Hutterite colonies, and First Nation bands can also be eligible to acquire an agricultural Crown lands lease.

Please refer to the Eligibility Policy for further guidance.  


  • Allocation is done via auction process with an administrative reserve in place
  • Annual rent for cropping leases is determined by successful auction bid
  • Annual rent for forage dispositions is determined by formula
    • Forage Rent Formula = A x 3.5% x B
    • A is the average price of beef, determined by the average sale price per hundred pound weight for the previous 36 months, ending September 30 for 500 to 600 pound heifers and steers in the province as published by Canfax (an operating division of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association)
    • B is the forage capacity for the land, being the number of animal unit months that the land is capable of producing in an average year, as determined by Manitoba Agriculture
    • 2021 rent = $7.23/AUM
  • Annual payment in lieu of municipal taxes is calculated by Real Estate Services Division, Department of Finance
  • For additional information on upfront costs and annual fees, please see the Allocation and Rent Policy
  • A transfer fee of $200 is applicable to transfers and name changes on lease agreements. Please see the Transfer Policy
  • Community pasture rent is determined by the Association of Manitoba Community Pastures
  • Development (land improvements) is done at lessee cost and rental rates are not increased for an agreed-upon number of years, depending on the extent of the development 

Supporting Policies

Appeal Tribunal

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 and Resource Development
Agricultural Crown Lands
PO Box 1286
36 Armitage Avenue
Minnedosa MB R0J 1E0
Office: 204-867-6550
Fax: 204-867-6578



Manitoba Agriculture, Farm Production Extension Specialists, Crown Lands District Offices.