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The Ministry of Agriculture has been selling off Crown lands regularly each year for decades, but this time it trying something new an online auction.
vacant Crown lands has always been a part of our business (An online action) is new for us, but I think that just where the sale of land has gone, said Wally Hoehn, executive director for land branch with the Ministry of Agriculture.
Starting Wednesday, the ministry put about 80 parcels of land on the auction block on Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers website. The parcels are divided into different districts, with staggered closing dates.
The ministry ran a pilot project in 2016 to give the format a try. that time, we wanted to test the platform, the online platform, and then just to see whether this would be a publicly accepted method of selling Crown land, Hoehn said.
The pilot project was smaller, including only eight parcels of land, and tested both a live and online auction format.
had very positive feedback from (people). And then the feedback afterwards from the online sales was very positive as well, being it very transparent and just the modern way to approach selling land, Hoehn said.
The land for sale has all been ecologically accessed, with 10 parcels rated at moderate ecological value. This land will be sold with conservation easements on it, and seven per cent of the sale will go into the province Fish and Wildlife Development Fund.
However, Trevor Herriot, co chair of the Public Pasture Public Interest group is concerned with the ecological value of the land.
opposed to the government selling any Crown lands right now. I think that all of our Crown land has ecological value; all farm land has ecological value, Herriot said.
The land for the auction has become vacant over the last year due to clients ending leases and the government cancelling leases.
we just had land vacant and then a client will identify that he interested in acquiring it, some kind of disposition on it. We put those through the review. If they eligible for sale we put them up for sale, Hoehn said.
None of the land up for auction was ever PFRA pastures according to Hoehn.
All of the land for sale is subject to the Farm Land Security Act meaning only Canadians can buy it. The ministry also has the right to reject any bids they see fit.
Richie Bros. was chosen through a formal request for proposal process (RFP) after the pilot project was completed last fall.
public RFP (was held) to identify who had the capabilities, who had experience that kind of thing. So we had multiple respondents to that and that why we decided to go with the professional, Hoehn said.