Saskatoon is growing and as a result, the Municipal Wards Commission must establish new ward boundaries. 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 statistics show the populations of wards 5 and 8 fall below the variation limit and wards 7 and 10 exceed the limit. Aside from population, the Commission also considered special diversity or communities of interest present in the ward as well as future growth areas.
Ward Boundary Approach
The Commission sought insight and information from citizens of Saskatoon at two public consultation meetings (June 19 and September 25, 2019). Citizens had three methods to submit feedback on three proposed boundary options:
- Entering a submission in a comment box in the City Hall lobby
- Online through the City's engagement page
- Emailing or sending a written letter to City Clerk's Office
One hundred thirty-eight (138) online submissions were received through the engagement page. All feedback was considered by the Commission.
The Commission will conduct its deliberations by reviewing all submissions and presentations in accordance with the principles for reviewing boundaries. An option will be chosen by the Commission then the Commission will file a report with the City. Public notice will be given to inform citizens that the report is available for public inspection. The Commission anticipates filing its report with City Council in the next couple months.
New ward boundaries will take effect with the 2020 municipal and school board elections to be held November 9, 2020.
View current wards with updated population statistics that will be used to set ward boundaries for the 2020 elections:
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.
Start by entering the first 2-3 letters or numbers of your street name in the street name field; a list of options will populate. Select your street name then enter the building # in the building # field. Select the "submit" button. Wait for the page to refresh with your ward number.
"Avenue" is shorted to "ave"
If a problem continues, contact the Office of the City Clerk at 306-975-3240.