The gouvernement du Québec manages the development of public land by allocating land rights to private citizens and enterprises for various projects (e.g. lease, sale and permit). Rights are allocated with due regard for different uses, in accordance with the applicable legislation, regulations, by-laws and land use plans.

Public land planning

The public land planning process is structured by public land use plans (known by their French acronym PATP) and regional plans for public land development (known by their French acronym PRDTP). The characteristics of public land are analyzed and described in territorial profiles.

Public land use plans

Public land use plans are prepared by administrative regions. They set out the government’s orientations for the use and protection of public land.

They guide the management and development of land and resources in Québec’s regions, with due regard for their individual characteristics.

Public land use plans usually comprise:

  • A territorial analysis
  • A summary document
  • A review of follow-up actions
  • Numerous maps 

Public land use plans are available in the French version of this page This hyperlink will open in a new window..

The Montreal, Laval, Montérégie and Centre-du-Québec regions do not have a public land use plan because they have very little public land.

Regional Plans for Public Land Development

The regional plans for public land development (PRDTP) regulate promotional projects in Québec’s major regions.

You may consult the regional plans for public land development of the following sectors:

  • Recreation and tourism development;
  • Implementation of wind turbines.

Territorial Profiles

The territorial profiles describe the economic, environmental and social aspects of the region’s public land.

You may consult the territorial profiles (in PDF format) of some administrative regions in the French version of this page This hyperlink will open in a new window.

Management delegated to RCMs

The government has delegated the management of specific areas and categories of land rights to regional county municipalities (RCMs).

The delegate RCMs are responsible for:

  • Analyzing applications to use public land
  • Allocating and renewing rights
  • Controlling the occupation of delegated public land

Generally speaking, vacation leases and rough shelter leases are managed by the delegate RCMs, while commercial and industrial leases and other land rights (e.g. servitudes, permits) are managed by the gouvernement du Québec.

List of delegate RCMs

Below is a list of delegate RCMs, grouped by administrative region, along with the responsibilities entrusted to them.

Ville de Rouyn-Noranda This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel

MRC de La Vallée-de-l’Or This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel

MRC de Témiscamingue This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel

MRC d’Abitibi This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel

MRC de Kamouraska This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel

MRC de La Matapédia This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel
Intramunicipal public land
Parc régional de la Seigneurie du Lac Matapédia

MRC de La Mitis This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel
Intramunicipal public land

MRC Les Basques This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel
Intramunicipal public land

MRC de La Matanie This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel

MRC de Rimouski-Neigette This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel
Intramunicipal public land

MRC de Rivière-du-Loup This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel
Intramunicipal public land

MRC de Témiscouata This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel
Intramunicipal public land

MRC de Charlevoix  This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel
Intramunicipal public land

MRC de Charlevoix-Est This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel
Intramunicipal public land

MRC de La Côte-de-Beaupré This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel
Intramunicipal public land

MRC de La Jacques-Cartier This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel

MRC de Portneuf This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel
Parc régional de Portneuf

MRC de Bécancour This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Intramunicipal public land

MRC de l’Érable This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Intramunicipal public land

MRC des Etchemins This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Parc régional du Massif du Sud

MRC de Bellechasse This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Parc régional du Massif du Sud

MRC de Caniapiscau This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel

MRC La Haute-Côte-Nord This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel
Intramunicipal public land

MRC de Manicouagan This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel
Intramunicipal public land

MRC de Minganie  This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel

MRC de Sept-Rivières This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel

MRC de Matawinie This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel
Intramunicipal public land
Parc régional de la Chute-à-Bull
Parc régional de la Forêt Ouareau
Parc régional du Lac Taureau
Parc régional des Sept-Chutes

MRC D’Autray This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Sand and gravel
Vacation leases: managed by the Municipality of Matawinie

MRC de Montcalm  This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Sand and gravel
Vacation leases: managed by the Municipality of Matawinie

MRC des Laurentides This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel
Intramunicipal public land

MRC d’Antoine-Labelle This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel
Intramunicipal public land
Parc régional de la Montagne du Diable
Parc régional du Poisson blanc

MRC d’Argenteuil This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Sand and gravel
Vacation leases: managed by the Laurentides RCM

MRC de La Rivière-du-Nord This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel

MRC des Pays-d’en-Haut This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Sand and gravel
Terres publiques intramunicipales
Vacation leases: managed by the Laurentides RCM

Ville de La Tuque This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel

MRC de Maskinongé This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel

MRC de Mékinac This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel

MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Sand and gravel
Vacation leases: managed by the Pontiac RCM

MRC de Papineau This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel
Intramunicipal public land

MRC de Pontiac This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel
Intramunicipal public land

MRC de la Vallée-de-la-Gatineau This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel
Intramunicipal public land

Ville de Saguenay  This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel
Intramunicipal public land

MRC de Lac-Saint-Jean-Est This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel
Intramunicipal public land

MRC du Domaine-du-Roy  This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel
Intramunicipal public land

MRC de Maria-Chapdelaine This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel
Intramunicipal public land

MRC du Fjord-du-Saguenay This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Vacation leases, sand and gravel
Intramunicipal public land

Questions about public land

Toll-free line: 1 844 282-8277