Updated Rape Legislation Going into Effect January 1 in Saskatchewan | The Canadian News

The amendments to the intrusion legislation will go into effect on January 1 in Saskatchewan.

Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said the provincial government worked hard to balance the rights of landowners in rural Saskatchewan with those of recreational land users.

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“I am pleased to see the legislation go into effect and I want to thank everyone who has worked and consulted with us in its development,” Wyant said in a press release.

The legislation clarifies existing laws to ensure consistency in the rules on illegal entry.

The amendments shift responsibility from rural landowners to people seeking access to the property. It responds to concerns expressed by rural property owners about trespassers while still offering Saskatchewan residents the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and hiking.

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Under the new legislation, those wishing to access a rural owner’s property for recreational purposes must obtain the owner’s consent. Consent can be provided in writing, electronically online, orally or by signposting.

The province added that most people in Saskatchewan are already seeking permission to access rural property for recreational purposes, and these changes are intended to “formally support that best practice.”

The legislation also provides legal protection to landowners and occupants against property damage and the risk of agricultural diseases. It also limits any liability that may arise from the presence of an intruder on your property.

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The province added that police and provincial compliance officers will continue to be responsible for filing charges related to trespassing.

Anyone who thinks someone is trespassing on their property should contact the local police service.

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