Election Procedures for Municipalities

Information on Election Procedures for Municipalities can be found on the Saskatchewan Government website.  This information is designed to help election officials and municipal administrators carry out their duties and responsibilities during a municipal election but is also helpful to the general public.  You will find information on all the legislation and Acts, elections and terms of office, nomination day, candidate eligibility, and voter eligibility.  Below are links to The Local Government Election Act and The Local Government Election Regulations:

Local Government Elections Act

Local Government Election Regulations, 2015

General Municipal Election Report – Election Cycle 2018-2020

The 2020-General-Elections-Report analyzes the 2018-2020 general municipal election cycle outcomes and outcomes in municipalities under 300 in the population (2016 Census).

Municipal Election Dates

General elections for each office are held every four years, except for Rural municipalities.  Upcoming municipal election dates are:

  • Wednesday, November 13, 2024, to elect the mayor and councillors in urban municipalities (cities, towns, villages) and reeves and councillors representing odd-number divisions in rural municipalities.
  • Monday, November 9, 2026, to elect councillors representing the even-numbered divisions in rural municipalities.

Residents may also vote in a municipal by-election to choose a new council member to fill a vacated office.

Running for Municipal Office

Can I be on the Council?

To be eligible to be a candidate in a municipal election, you must be:

  • 18 years of age on election day;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • not disqualified from a candidate (as per legislation); and
  • eligible to be nominated as provided for in Local Government Elections Act.

Interested in being on the Council?

Anyone interested in running for Council should review the links below to familiarize themselves with the requirements and expectations of elected officials.

Now that you have decided to run for Council, submit your nomination papers to the Returning Office during the nomination period. The province legislates nomination deadlines, which will be outlined in the Town’s Notice of Call for Nominations.


Who can vote?

To be eligible to vote, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen;
  • be at least 18 years of age and one of the following;
  • have lived in Saskatchewan for at least six consecutive months immediately before election day and:
    • lived in the municipality (or on land now in the municipality) for at least three consecutive months immediately before election day; or
    • be the owner of assessable land in the municipality (or land now situated in the municipality) for at least three consecutive months immediately before election day.

What do I need to vote?

On election day, you must provide proof of identity to vote. The best option is to provide a government-issued, valid photo ID that contains your name and address. Examples include:

  • valid Saskatchewan driver’s licence;
  • valid Saskatchewan ID card issued by SGI or any motor licence issuer: or
  • any other valid government-issued photo ID issued by a Canadian government, whether federal, provincial or municipal or an agency of that government, so long as it includes your name and address.

If you do not have a valid photo ID, other options are available as detailed on the Government of Saskatchewan Voting website, or you can acquire a non-driver photo ID from SGI.