Trespass Law

Res #: 22-21A
Number: 22
Year: 2021
Midterm: No
Expired: No
Responses Received: Yes
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice

WHEREAS the Provincial Government has moved to strengthen the trespass laws in Saskatchewan to make it the responsibility of individuals to obtain permission of landowners before entering private property; and

WHEREAS Trespassers show no concern toward the lands they enter without consent and in which damage to property, livestock, and crops is problematic and causes financial hardships to the property owners; and

WHEREAS this legislation has been in development for a number of years and the legislation has all but been proclaimed.

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Provincial Government to proclaim this legislation and have it fully enacted and become enforceable law in Saskatchewan.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Ministry of Justice to call for the current trespassing legislation to be better communicated, and landowners be better educated on trespass law; including details on what constitutes and does not constitute trespassing.

Responses From: Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice and Attorney General

May 3, 2021

We are working closely with other ministries impacted by the amendments to The Trespass to Property Act to ensure a smooth roll-out. This includes a careful consideration of public communication and education regarding the rules under the amendments.

In addition, we are continuing to monitor the development of the Sasklander application, and we appreciate the supportive role SARM has played regarding this new technology. We understand that the developers are entering into a more expansive phase of the project and look forward to seeing how this application will facilitate communication between land owners and users.

The Honourable Gordon S. Wyant, Q.C. – Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice and Attorney General