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Québec's Borders

Use of Public Land

Géoboutique Québec

Leasing Public Land


Use of Public Land


More than 92% of Québec's territory is Crown land. This heritage and the natural resources that it contains are developed to contribute to the socioeconomic development of all regions of Québec.

Public land is used for a variety of purposes. The rights granted deal with:

  • Developing natural resources, including forestry, mineral, energy, and wildlife resources;
  • Developing natural spaces, including parks for recreation and conservation, ecological preserves, and wildlife refuges and habitats;
  • Developing infrastructure for the industrial and public utilities purposes as well as for leisure and vacation purposes.

The diversity of uses throughout a single territory represents a challenge in harmonizing usages in the face of growing demands, whether they be economic, recreational, or environmental. In its role of managing public land, the Department is responsible for developing the territory while taking into account this diversity within a perspective of sustainable development.