2020 Ward Boundaries – Saskatoon Municipal Wards Commission
Following its first public meeting on June 19, 2019, and having considered all public feedback to date, the Municipal Wards Commission has developed three ward boundary options.
Saskatoon is growing and as a result, the Municipal Wards Commission must establish new ward boundaries. The current boundaries came into effect in 2016 and, under The Cities Act, each ward must meet the legislated population variance requirement, meaning they are within the required population range of 24,372-29,787. Recent population estimates show the populations of wards 5 and 8 fall below the variation limit and wards 7 and 10 exceed the variation limit. Aside from population, the Commission also considered special diversity or communities of interest present in the ward. The Commission considers all public input prior to making a final decision.
Citizens are invited to comment and provide feedback on these options or to share any other ideas. How to submit comments:
- Email the Municipal Wards Commission
- Join the ward boundaries discussion on saskatoon.ca/engage
- Mail or drop off written submissions to the City Clerk's Office, City Hall - 222 3rd Avenue North, Saskatoon
Written submissions will be received until 5:00 pm Tuesday, September 24, 2019.
You are invited to attend the second public consultation:
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 7 PM
Committee Room "E"
City Hall (door No. 1 - 4th Avenue entrance)
Public parking available in the City Hall staff lot after 6 PM
All public input will be received and taken into consideration by the Commission.
Provide Your Feedback Online
Provide your input on three proposed ward boundaries options at saskatoon.ca/engage.
Ward Boundary FAQs
Who makes up the Municipal Wards Commission?
The Municipal Wards Commission is a body appointed by City Council pursuant to section 58 of The Cities Act, and is comprised of
- Mr. Justice Richard Danyliuk, Chair - Court of Queen's Bench
- Professor Joseph Garcea - University of Saskatchewan
- Joanne Sproule - City Clerk
Why do ward boundaries have to change?
Due to factors like growth and construction, the population of some city wards has exceeded what is allowed under The Cities Act. The Act requires that each ward must contain –as nearly as is reasonably practicable– the same population and that ward populations cannot vary by more than 10% from the quotient, set by dividing the total population of the city by the number of wards into which it is divided. The Municipal Wards Commission must review ward boundaries at least once every three election cycles or when the population of a ward exceeds the acceptable variation limit of 10%.
When was the last review of ward boundaries in Saskatoon?
The last review of ward boundaries was in 2016.
What is the population estimate and which wards vary by more than 10%?
Saskatoon is growing and neighbourhoods are shifting. Recent population statistics show a total population of 270,079 (source: Sask Health 2018) and indicate the population of ward 7 and ward 10 exceeds the 10% variation limit, while the population of ward 5 and ward 8 is below. For these reasons, the Municipal Wards Commission must establish new ward boundaries.
Aside from population, what else is considered when determine ward boundaries?
The Municipal Wards Commission must also consider the following factors when establish ward boundaries:
- Current and prospective geographic conditions
- Density and relative rate of population growth
- Any special diversity or community of interest of residents
The Commission has traditionally respected community of interest in neighbourhoods by not drawing ward boundaries through neighbourhoods.
What is a community of interest?
A community of interest is a network of people who share the same knowledge, understanding, and topics of common interest. Its members take part in the community to exchange information, obtain answers to questions or problems, improve their understanding of a subject, or share common passions or to play.
Will I have an opportunity to review ward boundary options?
Yes. The first of two public consultations was held June 19, 2019. Based on feedback received, the Municipal Wards Commission created three proposed ward boundaries options. A second public consultation meeting will be held September 25, 2019 in order to receive additional citizen input prior to a final decision being made. Citizens are invited to provide feedback online through www.saskatoon.ca/engage.
What happens if my ward boundary changes?
If your ward boundary changes, the shape of your ward and your city councillor change. This means you would vote in the new ward you will live in for the 2020 municipal election. Any change in wards does not affect your tax rate or anything else related to your residency.
Use this form to find out in which ward you currently live.
If your address is a multi-unit dwelling and contains a unit and building number, separate them with a hyphen. For example: "A-123 Ave O S". Do not include periods when abbreviating address components. For example: type "1234 8th St E" instead of "1234 8th St. E." If a problem continues, contact the Office of the City Clerk at 306-975-3240.