Property Rights and Trespassing

Year: 2016

Number: 29-16M

Department: Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice

Midterm: Yes

WHEREAS in 2009 the Province passed The Trespass to Property Act; and

WHEREAS The Trespass to Property Act clearly holds the private landowner responsible to ensure it is visible that trespassing is not allowed on their property; and

WHEREAS SARM recently received a response from the Ministry of Justice for resolution 31-12M submitted in 2012 requesting all land be deemed to be posted “No Trespassing” and the onus be on the Public to obtain permission from the property owner; and

WHEREAS the Ministry of Justice has responded that amendments to The Trespass to Property Act will not be recommended; and

WHEREAS trespassing causing damage to property, livestock, and crops is still problematic and causing financial hardships to the property owners;

BE IT RESOLVED that the SARM Board meet with the Ministry of Justice, provincial officials and any others deemed necessary to lobby for legislative changes to The Trespass to Property Act to require the Public to obtain permission from property owners, excluding commercial properties, prior to entering privately owned land.

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