Gravel Resources on Crown Land

Res #: 29-23A
Number: 29
Year: 2023
Midterm: No
Expired: No
Responses Received: Yes
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

WHEREAS gravel resources within the province are becoming scarcer and municipalities are facing increased costs
associated with availability and hauling of aggregate greater distances.

WHEREAS the Ministry of Agriculture enters into lease agreements with private individuals and corporations to extract
gravel resources from Crown land at a below market value rate.

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Ministry of Agriculture to increase the gravel royalty on existing private lease
holders to fair market value.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Ministry of Agriculture to place a moratorium on gravel resource
expansion and development to private interests.

Responses From: Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

May 3, 2023

The MoA is currently reviewing sand and gravel leases and is exploring policy options. The ministry recognizes there is increased public demand from the provincial government and RMs for aggregates. Ministry officials are working in partnership with the Ministries of Environment and Highways to review sand and gravel policies to achieve a one government approach. 

The Honourable David Marit – Minister of Agriculture