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Allow yourself more than a day to make a decision. It would be unreasonable to be rushed to make a decision that same day.

A signing bonus may be presented to you as an incentive to sign the same day. A cheque in hand might address some current financial needs but may not address the longer term impacts of sharing the space on your land.

Take some time and be sure you understand the agreement before you sign. Request the land agent leave the contract with you to complete your own research and follow up.

Be sure to document all agreements made with an agent and capture everything in writing. A handshake deal will not withstand regulatory or legal processes.

Be as reasonable in your negotiating as you would expect the resource company to be with you.


If you have further questions about your options or rights during discussions with land agents or companies, be sure to be in touch with the Farmers Information Service office.

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