Newfoundland and Labrador have a total population of 508,087. The capital city is St Johns, which has a population of 171,105. The area of the province is 100,127,885 acres , of which 95% is Crown Land (also known as public land.) The Federal government holds less than 1% of the Crown Land; the remainder is held by the Provincial government. Less than 5% of the province is private land.


How Newfoundland and Labrador is owned

The crown owns all physical land.

Freehold Home tenure

There are a total of 189,040 homes in Newfoundland and Labrador. Of these, 147,370 are held in freehold tenure by the occupant. 78% of residents have freehold tenure


Provincial Parks cover 55,881 acres in Newfoundland and Labrador. National Parks cover a total of 8,355,896 acres


There are 643 farms in Newfoundland and Labrador, covering a total area of 100,268 acres. The average area of each farm is 155 acres. 383 of these farms are held in freehold tenure by the operator, covering a total of 29,660 acres. The remaining farms are rented or leased, and cover a total of 70,601 acres.


Principal minerals mined in Newfoundland and Labrador are gold and iron ore. Significant mines include Hammerdown (gold), Wabush (iron ore), and Carol Lake (iron ore).


Total Forest Land held by the Province: 48,967,807 acres.

Forest Land held by the Federal Government:

Federal Aboriginal Land: 0

Other Federal Land: 237,216 acres

Total: 237,216 acres

Privately held land (held by individuals, companies, municipalities):

Industrial: 165,557 acres

Nonindustrial: 0

Other: 217,448 acres

Total: 383,005 acres


Percentage held by Provincial Government: 99%

Percentage held by Federal Government: Less that 1%

Percentage of Forest Land Privately held: 1 - 2%

Percentage of holders of Industrial land who are Private holders: Estimated 30%

Landholders in Newfoundland and Labrador:

The Provincial Government, The Federal Government, Iron Ore Company of Canada, Acme Steel Co, Cleveland-Cliffs Incorporated, Dofasco Incorporated, Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Income Fund, Mitsubishi Corporation, Rio Tinto, Stelco Incorporated.


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