News Release - January 10, 2000
NEW LAND TITLES SYSTEM UNVEILED
Saskatchewan will soon have the most advanced land information system in Canada
with the establishment of the Land Information Services Corporation.
The new Crown Corporation will be responsible for completing the Land Titles
Automated Network Development Project (LAND Project). The LAND Project will
automate Saskatchewan's outdated paper-based land titles system and integrate
it with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology.
In addition to providing the public with a superior land registration system,
the corporation will also seek markets for the new products and services made
possible because of the new integrated land information system. Its head
office will be in Regina.
Fraser Nicholson, most recently the Deputy Minister of Economic and Co-
operative Development, has been appointed President and Chief Executive
Officer. Nicholson brings 25 years of public sector experience in Saskatchewan
and Atlantic Canada, including work on the development of Service New
Brunswick, which provides access to government programming through a network of
electronic service channels and 'one stop' service centres.
"A commercial Crown corporation is the most efficient management structure for
completing the planning, development and implementation of Saskatchewan's new
land information system," Crown Investments Corporation Minister John Nilson
said. "I am pleased to have a public servant of Mr. Nicholson's wide
experience available to lead the new corporation."
The Saskatchewan Land Information Services Corporation assumes the assets and
operations of the provincial land titles system, previously part of
Saskatchewan Justice, as well as the SaskGeomatics Division of Saskatchewan
Property Management Corporation.
"The LAND Project will establish Saskatchewan as a leader in land information
systems and provide a platform for the future on-line delivery of many other
government services," Justice Minister Chris Axworthy said. "The new system
will offer simpler, more accessible service and consistent 24 to 48 hour title
registration processing across the province. The integration with GIS
technology will allow users to see computerized images of parcels of land, and
allow for future access to other information about that land such as forest,
soil and water cover."
President of the Law Society of Saskatchewan Randy Baker said, "The legal
profession has been actively involved with the LAND Project and welcomes all
measures that facilitate the successful delivery of a modern land information
"The real estate industry is anxious to see this vital automation project
completed in order to provide the industry, and all buyers and sellers of
property, with improved province-wide access and service," Saskatchewan Real
Estate Association Executive Vice-President Kirk Bacon said.
"The successful completion of this project is vital to the future economic
development of the province, as improved access to integrated information about
all land will speed up everything from real estate transactions, to geological
surveys, to new economic development projects," Saskatchewan Land Surveyors
Association President Roy Pominville said.
"The creation of the Saskatchewan Land Information Services Corporation is an
important demonstration of the government's commitment to Saskatchewan's
information technology industry. The LAND Project will create employment
opportunities for system developers, data entry and GIS experts, providing
local information technology workers important experience with leading edge
technology," Managing Director of the Saskatchewan Division of EDS Systemhouse
Dennis Poulin said, the company responsible for the design and implementation
of the new system.
The LAND Project will provide 384 person-years of employment over the next
three years to information technology workers.
For more information, contact:
Chief Executive Officer
Saskatchewan Land Information Services Corporation
Phone: (306) 787-9841