Last Updated: September 18, 2009
Civic elections will be held across Saskatchewan in the coming weeks. Before people go to the polls they may want to understand the role that municipal government plays in the life of a community. Municipalities are created by provincial legislation. They exist to provide local government to communities throughout the province. In Saskatchewan there are three types of municipalities: urban, rural, and northern.
The recent addition of Martensville and Meadow Lake brings the number of cities in Saskatchewan to 15. As well, there are now 145 towns, 266 villages, 40 resort villages, 296 rural municipalities, two northern towns, 11 northern villages and 12 northern hamlets in the province.
Municipalities are governed by local councils. These councils are made up of people from the community elected by the community. The make-up of the local council depends on the type of municipality.
CITIES - mayor and an even number of councillors, minimum of two.
TOWNS & NORTHERN TOWNS - mayor and two or more councillors.
VILLAGES & RESORT VILLAGES - mayor and two or more councillors.
NORTHERN VILLAGES - mayor and an even number of councillors, minimum of two.
NORTHERN HAMLETS - mayor and two or four councillors.
RURAL MUNICIPALITIES - reeve and a councillor from each division of the municipality.
It is difficult to categorize all of the things that municipalities do on a daily basis for their communities. However, more than any other level of government, municipalities directly impact the daily lives of their citizens.
In general cities, towns, villages, resort villages and rural municipalities have the power and the duty to…
- provide good government
- provide services, facilities and other things that, in the opinion of the council, are necessary or desirable for all or part of the municipality
- develop and maintain a safe and viable community
- foster economic, social and environmental well-being
- provide wise stewardship of public assets
Northern municipalities (northern hamlets, northern villages and northern towns) have similar general powers and duties.
Municipalities provide many services that are essential to the quality of life in communities including services such as...
- police and fire protection
- water and waste water treatment
- recreational areas and activities
- planning and controlling development
- local transportation
For more information about Municipal Government visit the Municipal Affairs website at www.municipal.gov.sk.ca.ISBN/ISSN number: 1918-1728