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Territorial Lands Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1525)

Regulations are current to 2024-05-28

Territorial Lands Regulations

C.R.C., c. 1525


Territorial Lands Regulations

 [Repealed, SOR/2003-116, s. 13]


 In these Regulations,


Act means the Territorial Lands Act; (Loi)

land agent

land agent means an employee of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development designated by the Minister as a land agent for an area of the Northwest Territories; (agent des terres)


Minister means the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development; (ministre)


Superintendent means the Superintendent of Resources for the Northwest Territories. (Surintendant)

  • SOR/2003-116, s. 14


 These Regulations apply only to territorial lands under the control, management and administration of the Minister.

Application to Purchase or Lease Territorial Lands

 Every application to lease or purchase territorial lands shall be made to the land agent for the area in which the land is situated and shall be accompanied by the application fee set out in the schedule.

  • SOR/96-111, s. 1

 Where application is made to a land agent to lease or purchase territorial lands that are not surveyed, the land agent shall accompany the applicant to the site of the lands he wishes to purchase or lease, prepare a sketch of the lands, and, if he deems it necessary, mark off on the ground the boundary limits of the land.

 Every person who wishes to purchase territorial lands shall enter into an agreement for sale with the Minister containing such terms and conditions as the Minister may deem necessary.

Sale of Territorial Lands

  •  (1) Every agreement for sale and every grant of territorial lands other than surveyed territorial lands in a townsite shall be deemed to contain the following reservations and conditions in addition to those prescribed by the Act:

    • (a) a reservation of such part or parts of the land as may from time to time be appropriated by Her Majesty in right of Canada for the purpose of a public road; and

    • (b) where the land sold has an area in excess of 10 acres, the condition that if the owner subdivides the lands or any portion thereof into townsite lots, one-third of the lots in the land so subdivided shall revert to the Crown.

  • (2) Lots to which the Crown is entitled under paragraph (1)(b) shall be selected as follows:

    • (a) the owner shall first select two lots, and

    • (b) the land agent shall then select one lot for the Crown,

    and this process shall be repeated until all lots are selected.

  •  (1) Where territorial lands have been inspected and appraised by a valuator appointed by the Minister and the value of the lands is less than $32,000, the lands may be sold by the Minister for not less than the greater of the appraised value and $200.

  • (2) Payment for territorial lands shall be made by

    • (a) payment in full at the time of sale; or

    • (b) payment of

      • (i) not less than 20 per cent of the purchase price at the time of sale and the balance of the purchase price in equal consecutive annual instalments over a period not exceeding five years, and

      • (ii) interest at the rate prescribed by the Act.

  • SOR/96-111, s. 2
  • SOR/2002-313, s. 1
  •  (1) The survey of all unsurveyed territorial lands shall be in accordance with the instructions of the Surveyor General and the cost thereof shall be paid by the purchaser.

  • (2) Letters patent for territorial lands shall not be issued until a plan of survey thereof has been approved and confirmed by the Surveyor General and registered in the appropriate land titles office.

Leasing of Territorial Lands

 Every lease of territorial lands shall be for a term of not more than 30 years, but the Minister may grant a renewal of the lease for a further term not exceeding 30 years.

  •  (1) The annual rental payable under any lease other than a grazing lease shall be not less than 10 per cent of the appraised value of the lands leased.

  • (2) The rental payable under a grazing lease shall be not less than the greater of

    • (a) $0.25 per hectare per year, and

    • (b) $50 per year.

  • (3) The rental payable under any lease other than a grazing lease shall be not less than $150 per year.

  • SOR/96-111, s. 3

 Every lease of territorial lands shall contain, in addition to such terms and conditions as the Minister may deem necessary, a reservation of

  • (a) all mines and of all minerals whether solid, liquid or gaseous which may be found to exist within, upon, or under such lands together with the full powers to work the same and for that purpose to enter upon, use and occupy the lands or so much thereof and to such an extent as may be necessary for the effectual working and extracting of the said minerals;

  • (b) the rights of the recorded holders of mineral claims and any other claims or permits affecting the lands;

  • (c) all timber that may be on the land;

  • (d) the right to enter upon, work and remove any rock outcrop required for public purposes;

  • (e) such right or rights-of-way and of entry as may be required under regulations in force in connection with the construction, maintenance and use of works for the conveyance of water for use in mining operations; and

  • (f) the right to enter upon the lands for the purpose of installing and maintaining any public utility.

  •  (1) When a lease is cancelled or expires and there are no arrears of rent or taxes, the lessee may, within three months thereof, remove any buildings or other structures owned by him that may be on the lands or the portion thereof withdrawn from the lease.

  • (2) Where a lessee described in subsection (1) does not remove his buildings or other structures within three months of the expiration or cancellation of a lease, a land agent for the area in which the lands leased are located shall make an appraisal of the buildings or other structures that have been left on the lands by the lessee and the Superintendent may direct the sale of the same by public auction.

  • (3) Where the buildings or other structures described in subsection (2) have been offered for sale by public auction and have not been sold, the Superintendent may authorize the disposal thereof by private sale.

  • (4) From the proceeds realized from the sale of a building or any other structure under this section, the land agent shall, after deducting any expenses of sale and any arrears of rent and taxes, pay to the former lessee the balance remaining from that sale.

  •  (1) A lessee who wishes to assign his lease shall pay all outstanding rent and furnish the Department with a properly executed unconditional assignment, in duplicate, of the lease together with the registration fee set out in the schedule and a certificate from the proper official of the Territorial Government, municipality or other local authority that all taxes on the territorial lands covered by the assignment have been paid.

  • (2) No assignment of a lease that is not approved by the Superintendent is binding on the Crown.

Grazing Leases

 A lease of territorial lands for grazing purposes shall contain a covenant that the lessee shall not during the term of the lease use or allow to be used any part of the lands leased to him for any purpose other than grazing purposes.

  •  (1) Every person who is a resident in a Territory to which these Regulations apply may each year, without permission of the Superintendent, cut on territorial lands not more than five tons of hay for each head of livestock owned by him.

  • (2) Hay cut pursuant to subsection (1) shall not be sold or bartered.

  • SOR/2003-116, s. 15


 The fees set out in Column II of the schedule are payable for the services set out in Column I thereof.


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