In June 2014, the MRC Pontiac signed an agreement with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife (MRNF) conferring the management of vacation leases on public lands. This new responsibility increases the MRC’s autonomy in regional development, and provides citizens with a single-point of service. In addition, 50% of revenues from public lands leases comes back to the MRC.Aside from the organization that enforces them, the operating rules for the occupation of public lands remain unchanged.
In terms of land management, the powers and responsibilities delegated to the MRC include the following:
- Vacation lease management, which allows citizens to rent land on public land to build a cottage;
- The sale of land for vacation purposes;
- Lot availability;
- Camping management;
- Control over land use by inspecting granted rights, monitoring the territory and tracking squatters.
This delegation of powers does not include the management of trapping territories and permits. Therefore, citizens that are affected must contact the Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune (MERN).
Frequently Asked Questions
Q : How can I obtain a lease on public lands?
The usual procedure is by random draw. However, there are no lots available for random draw at this time.
Q : I hold a vacation lot lease and would like to do work on the property. Are there rules to follow?
The non-organized (TNO) Lac Nilgaut territory is governed by planning regulations. Citizens or users of this territory must abide by this regulation. Also, a permit or certificate may be required depending on the type of work. Permits and certificates are issued by the MRC’s Regional Inspector – TNO and Environment, Richard Marenger. You can contact him by phone at 819-648-5689 ext. 237, or by email.
The complete Lac Nilgaut Planning Bylaws brochure is available in this site’s Document Centre.
Q : Can I transfer my vacation lot lease to someone else?
Yes, as long as you meet one of the following four conditions:
- You erected a building of a minimum value of $10,000 on the land;
- You sold the building on the land leased under a judicial sale, a tax sale, or the exercise of a mortgage law;
- The transfer is to your lawful of common-law spouse, or to a member of your immediate family, i.e., father, mother, brother, sister, child, or as a result of the tenant’s death;
- You have been the lease holder for more than five years.
Q : Are there any fees to transfer a lease?
Yes. An administration fee is charged for the transfer.
Q : How can I pay my lease?
By mail – Make a cheque or money order to MRC de Pontiac. Enter the 11-digit file number (e.g.,: 745001-00-000) that appears on the coupon at the bottom of your invoice on the back of your cheque or money order, or include the coupon with your payment.
In person – Bring your bill and payment (cash, cheque, money order, or Interac) to the MRC Pontiac’s reception desk at 602, Route 301 North, Campbell’s Bay (Québec), J0X 1K0. Our offices are open Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. except on public holidays.
At a financial institution – Bring the coupon at the bottom of your invoice to your financial institution. Make your payment to the order of: MRC de Pontiac – Vacation Leases indicating the 11-digit (e.g., 745000-00-000) reference number on the coupon at the bottom of your invoice.
By Internet – At the following financial institutions: Caisse Populaire Desjardins, National Bank, Laurentien Bank, and Bank of Montréal by following your bank procedure. For example, if you use the Caisse Populaire’s online banking service (AccèsD), you must add MRC de Pontiac – Baux de villégiatures to your list of suppliers and enter the 11-digit reference number on the coupon at the bottom of your bill, but without spaces and dashes.
If you have any problems making your payment, or if you would like additional information regarding your invoice, don’t hesitate to contact us at the number below.
Q : My account is overdue, or I’m having financial difficulties, what should I do?
To avoid additional charges, please contact us immediately to establish a payment agreement.
Q : I’m moving. How can I let you know my new address?
You must report any change in address in writing to the following address:
MRC de Pontiac – Vacation Leases, 602 Route 301, Campbell’s Bay (Québec) J0X 1K0
For more information, contact Joanne Dumouchel by email or by telephone at 819-648-5689 poste 217.