About the SLSA


A Brief History of the SLSA - by J. H. Webb, SLS (Life Member), CLS, ALS (Life Member)

 

Mandate

The Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association, duly incorporated in 1910, is an organization of land surveyors and professional surveyors who are registered to practice in accordance with the provisions of The Land Surveyors and Professional Surveyors Act, Chapter L-3.1, of the revised statutes of Saskatchewan.

As a self-governing professional organization, our Association has been entrusted with the stewardship and standards of the legal survey profession with responsibility for the establishment, re-establishment and maintenance of survey monuments defining the Provincial Cadastre which serves as a basis for the Torrens Land Registration System in the province providing the foundation for land tenureship and virtually all development of land.


Objectives

The objectives of the Association are:

  • to ensure the proficiency and competency of its members to the public;
  • to regulate its members in the practice of professional land surveying and the practice of professional surveying; and
  • to govern its members in accordance with the Act, Bylaws and any other Acts or laws.


Mission

The Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association is an organization of professional land surveyors who are registered to practice in accordance with the provisions of the Land Surveyors and Professional Surveyors Act of Saskatchewan. Professional land surveyors are responsible for the confirmation of existing property boundaries and creation of new boundaries through the subdivision process.

As a self-regulated profession, the Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association administers the profession and regulates the practice of land surveying for the protection of the public. In order to maintain the public's expected standards of integrity and technical knowledge, the association establishes minimum standards for admission to the profession, continuing education of its licensed members and the practice of professional land surveying. It also investigates formal complaints from the public, and disciplines its members when necessary.


Values

We are committed to carrying out our mission and goals with integrity, impartiality, honesty and excellence.


What We Do

The members of our association have been, and continue to be, engaged in the determination, measurement and establishment of boundaries of land and related activities. Land surveyors are public officers. They do not represent a single client in establishing client's boundaries but rather they represent society at large. Every boundary monument marks a boundary between at least two adjoining properties. Surveyors therefore must be fair and impartial to all parties; they cannot give undue consideration to their clients' interests and disregard those of their clients' neighbors and potential adversaries. Here, their responsibilities are quite different than those of doctors, lawyers or accountants, each of whom normally need act only with the interest of a single party in mind. They must preserve in all their work, the judicial mind and impartial attitude of an arbitrator rather than the bias of an advocate. In cases of litigation, the land surveyor's testimony will be accepted as evidence to which the greatest weight is attached.