What is a right to use public land?
a right, granted by the government, to use public land for various
purposes. It is implemented, for a citizen or organization, by renting
land, obtaining a special permission, or any other interest in land.
In Québec, near 45,000 citizens and
private or public organizations have a right to use public land:
- near 42,000 are lessees (28,000 for vacation purposes,
11,000 for shelters, and 3,000 for commercial, recreation
and tourism, or other purposes);
- about 3,000 have another type of right to use public land,
such as rights-of-way or authorizations to
A few examples of land use:
- Rental for vacation purposes: a citizen can rent land to build
- Rental for a shelter: a citizen can rent land to build a hunting
or fishing camp.
- Rental for recreational and tourism purposes: a business enterprise
can rent land to build an inn for vacationers.
- Granting another type of right: a snowmobile club can obtain
permission to develop a trail.
Furthermore, every year, nearly 300 parcels
of public land are sold for recreational, residential, industrial,
commercial, public interest, or other purposes. For example, a citizen
can purchase land to build a home or a business enterprise can do
so to build a sawmill.
How to obtain a right to use public land or
Take part in a random draw:
Every fall, the Department holds a random draw
for the rental or sale of lots for vacation purposes on public land.
out about upcoming draws, please visit the page Taking
part in a random draw regularly or check public
notices in regional newspapers and press
releases issued by the Department.
Make a request:
Several other properties may be available; to obtain
a right to use public land or to purchase land, you must make
a request to use public land.