Sask. receives more than 2,000 responses to question of stricter trespassing law

Amendments to Sask. trespass laws pass final reading in Legislature

More than 2,000 responses came in answer to a provincial government questionnaire about whether it should be an offence to enter someone's land without permission. 

The province posted the survey on its website in late summer. The survey has since closed.  

It asked: "Should Saskatchewan legislation provide that all access by members of the public to rural property requires the prior express permission of the rural land owner or occupier regardless of the activity and failure to secure that consent constitutes an offence?"

A spokesperson said work is now beginning to sift through the answers to decide what the government should do next. 

At this point, there is no timeline for when the review will be complete and when a decision could be made. 

The review follows calls from farmers to crack down on rural crime and strengthen property rights in Saskatchewan, which were heard again at the annual convention of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities back in March. 

--With files from Alicia Bridges