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Monday, February 19, 2018

Saskatchewan provincial parks are home to a wide variety of visitor services made possible by longstanding private and public sector collaboration.  The private sector helps deliver high-quality services and facilities to park visitors.  Private lessees provide non-basic visitor services and recreational opportunities, such as rental accommodation, stores, golf courses, etc.  The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport focuses on providing conservation and basic visitor services and programs.

Businesses operate in the provincial park system under a commercial lease agreement or a business operating license agreement (BOLA) that outlines the operating requirements and operators pay lease fees for the use of park land.

Developing a Business in the Provincial Park System

So, you're interested in starting a business in the provincial park system. There are a few steps you'll need to take.

First, review the Checklist for Commercial Development Projects. This checklist will help you to understand the types of permits, licences and approvals that may be required. Requirements will vary based on the type of business you are proposing and the location.

Next, familiarize yourself with the Policies Affecting Business Operations in the Provincial Park System.

Finally, complete the Application to Develop a Business. All applications go through an internal review process to determine if the proposed project is appropriate for development.

Proposed developments that pass the internal review process then go to the stakeholder consultation process, which is used to obtain feedback from interested parties.

Following stakeholder consultation, the opportunity to develop will be advertised, typically through a Request for Proposals (RFP). The opportunity is publicly advertised to ensure that, given the limited development opportunities available in provincial parks, there is an equal opportunity for anyone wishing to develop a business within the provincial park system and to ensure the highest quality of development is undertaken. The project will be awarded based on the criteria outlined in the RFP.

In most cases, construction of facilities on park land requires a Commercial Development Agreement to be entered into between the developer and the province. The development agreement outlines the terms and conditions that must be followed when constructing facilities such as buildings or utilities. Developers are also required to follow standards and codes, including the National Building Code and the Uniform Building and Accessibility Standards Act.

Expanding a Business in the Provincial Park System

If you currently operate a business in a provincial park and are interested in expanding, follow these steps:


You should contact us well in advance of the time you envision your business starting to operate. Specific time frames for the processing of applications are difficult to provide, as the time to process depends on the type, size and complexity of the proposal, as well as the number of other applications in progress. Simple applications may take only a few months, while more complex applications may take much longer. The ministry will stay in contact with you throughout the process.

Depending on the scope of the project, Order-in-Council approval may be required. (ie: if invested capital is more than $250,000). In addition, approvals from other regulatory agencies may be required. All permits, licenses and approvals must be in place before construction may begin. Click here to see the business development review process.

Commercial Business Lease and Institutional Camp Policies

You can view each of the specific policies listed below by clicking on the name:

If you would like to comment or ask any questions about our Commercial Business Lease or Institutional Camp policies, please click here.

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