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Act updated, election dates unchanged

Legislation updated and modernized to meet the needs of municipalities and their residents.
Changes will make a few process improvements such as give returning officers more flexibility and authority.

REGINA — Government Relations Minister Don McMorris announced the Government of Saskatchewan has introduced a bill to amend The Local Government Election Act, 2015 (the Act). These changes will make a few process improvements to the act with no changes to elections dates.

The amendments featured in the bill will:

  • give returning officers more flexibility and authority, such as the ability to temporarily postpone an election if there is an emergency or inclement weather;  
  • better enable the use of voters' lists and electronic record-keeping;
  • improve voter accessibility by making it easier to set up polling places in hospitals and personal care facilities, and requiring all municipalities to establish at least one advance poll; and
  • a variety of efficiency and process improvements, as suggested by stakeholders.

There is no change to the dates for municipal and school board elections to keep consistency across the province. This will result in co-ordination, improved public awareness and the ability for voters to vote for school boards at the same time as municipal councils.

The Ministry of Government Relations consulted extensively on the changes in the bill since the 2020 municipal elections.

The bill is expected to pass in spring 2023.