The City of Saskatoon is divided into ten wards. Boundaries of these current wards were established by the Municipal Wards Commission in 2016, in accordance with provisions of The Cities Act. The Act stipulates 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, which is obtained by dividing the city's total population by the number of wards into which the city is divided. Ward boundaries are also used by the Public School Board for trustee elections.
The Act also states that the Municipal Wards Commission must review ward boundaries at least once every three election cycles or when population of a ward exceeds the acceptable variation limit of 10%.
According to 2018 population statistics, the population of ward 7 and ward 10 now exceeds the 10% variance, while the population of ward 5 and ward 8 is below. Accordingly, the Municipal Wards Commission will establish new ward boundaries to be in effect for the city's municipal election and school boards' elections in fall 2020.
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
The Saskatoon Municipal Wards Commission held the first of two information sessions for citizens, seeking insight and information on ward boundary changes as the Commission looks to establish new ward boundaries for the municipal/school boards’ elections in fall 2020. Citizens are now asked to provide feedback via the online engagement survey or sending email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All public input will be received and taken into consideration by the Commission. Once ward boundaries have been drafted, a second public meeting will be held later in the fall to receive input prior to final decisions being made.
For more information, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at 306-975-3240.
Provide Your Feedback Online
Complete a brief survey at saskatoon.ca/engage to provide your feedback on the ward boundary review.
View current wards with updated population statistics that will be used to set ward boundaries for the 2020 elections:
View the current projected growth map to see where growth is occurring and planned to occur:
Ward Boundary FAQs
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. Following the first public consultation on June 19, 2019, the Municipal Wards Commission will draft boundary options. A second public consultation meeting will be held in the fall 2019 in order to receive additional citizen input prior to a final decision being made. Between the first and second public consultation 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.