Saskatchewan is introducing The Trespass to Property Amendment Act, 2022. 

The proposed legislation would require federal employees to comply with trespass laws, provincial employees are already required to comply with the Act.

Minister of Justice and Attorney General Bronwyn Eyre says the act prohibits individuals from entering private land without the owner's consent.

"After agricultural producers in our province raised concerns about federal employees testing water on their private land without consent, Health Canada admitted that federal employees had, in fact, been testing for pesticides."

Existing exemptions for emergency services personnel, utility providers and inspectors remain in place. 

She notes that seeking the consent of landowners prior to access is simply best practice and common courtesy, and we see no reason for federal government employees to not meet this standard," Eyre said. 

The Trespass to Property Act prohibits a person from entering premises except with the consent of the occupier or while acting under legal authority. 

Failure to comply with the rules of the Act will constitute an offence that could incur fines of up to $200,000. 

Landowners can report suspected incidents of trespassing to their local RCMP or police services.