List of communities in Saskatchewan

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Location of Saskatchewan in Canada

Communities in the Province of Saskatchewan, Canada include incorporated municipalities, unincorporated communities and First Nations communities.

Types of incorporated municipalities include urban municipalities, rural municipalities and northern municipalities. Urban municipalities are further classified into four sub-types – cities, towns, villages and resort villages. Northern municipalities, which are located in the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District (NSAD), are further classified into three sub-types – northern towns, northern villages and northern hamlets. Rural municipalities are not classified into sub-types.[1]

Types of unincorporated communities include hamlets and organized hamlets within rural municipalities and northern settlements within the NSAD.[1]

The administration of rural municipalities, towns, villages, resort villages, organized hamlets, and hamlets is regulated by The Municipalities Act,[2] while the administration of cities is regulated by The Cities Act.[3] Administration of northern towns, northern villages, northern hamlets, and northern settlements (those within the NSAD)[4] is regulated by The Northern Municipalities Act.[5]

In the 2011 Census, Saskatchewan's communities combined for a total provincial population of 1,033,381.[6]

Municipalities[edit]

Saskatchewan presently has 786 municipalities of various types (urban, rural and northern municipalities) and sub-types (cities, towns, villages, resort villages, northern towns, northern villages and northern hamlets).[1]

Urban municipalities[edit]

Map of urban municipalities by type in Saskatchewan as of 2013
Distribution of Saskatchewan's 16 cities, 146 towns, 264 villages and 40 resort villages

Saskatchewan has 466 urban municipalities, which includes the sub-types of cities, towns, villages and resort villages.[1]

Cities[edit]

In Saskatchewan, towns must have a population above 5,000 in order to be granted city status.[3] A city does not automatically revert to town status if the population drops below 5,000; this only occurs if the city council requests it, the majority of electors vote to revert to town status, or the appropriate provincial minister is of the opinion that the reversion to town status is in the public interest.[3] The city of Melville retains city status as of 2010 despite dropping below 5,000 population in the 1990s.

Saskatchewan has 16 cities,[1] including Lloydminster and not including Flin Flon.

Towns[edit]

In Saskatchewan, towns are formed from villages or resort villages with a population of at least 500 people.[2] The council of the village or resort village must request the change to town status. When a town's population exceeds 5,000 people, the council may request a change to city status, but the change in incorporation level is not mandatory. Towns with shrinking populations are allowed to retain town status even if the number of residents falls below the 500 limit. For example, the towns of Fleming, Francis, and Scott have populations that have dropped under 500 people and are still qualified under town status. Towns with populations below the limit may, however, revert to village or resort village status if the town council requests it.

Saskatchewan has 146 towns.[1]

Villages[edit]

The people of an organized hamlet may request that the hamlet be incorporated as a village or resort village. In order to qualify, the hamlet must have been an organized hamlet for at least 3 years, have a population of at least 100 in the most recent census, and contain at least 50 separate dwelling units or business premises.[2]

Saskatchewan has 264 villages.[1]

Resort villages[edit]

Saskatchewan has 40 resort villages.[1]

Rural municipalities[edit]

Map of rural municipalities in Saskatchewan as of 2013
Distribution of Saskatchewan's 296 rural municipalities

A rural municipality is created by the Minister of Municipal Affairs by ministerial order via section 49 of The Municipalities Act.[10] Saskatchewan has 296 rural municipalities,[1] which are located in the central and southern portions of the province.[11]

Saskatchewan has 296 rural municipalities.[1]

Northern municipalities[edit]

Map of northern municipalities by type in Saskatchewan as of 2013
Distribution of Saskatchewan's 2 northern towns, 11 northern villages and 11 northern hamlets within the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District

Saskatchewan has 24 northern municipalities, which includes the sub-types of northern towns, northern villages and northern hamlets.[1]

Northern towns[edit]

A northern town is a town in the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District. Its administration is regulated by The Northern Municipalities Act.[5] A northern village may apply for town status when the actual resident population is at least 500.

Saskatchewan has two northern towns.[1]

Northern villages[edit]

A northern village is located in the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District, and its administration is regulated by The Northern Municipalities Act.[5] A northern hamlet may apply for northern village status when the population is at least 100 and the northern hamlet contains at least 50 separate dwelling units or business premises.

Saskatchewan has 11 northern villages.[1]

Northern hamlets[edit]

A northern hamlet is located in the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District, and its administration is regulated by The Northern Municipalities Act.[5] A northern settlement may apply for northern hamlet status when the population is at least 50 and the northern settlement contains at least 25 separate dwelling units or business premises. Unlike hamlets and northern settlements, northern hamlets are municipal corporations.

Saskatchewan has 11 northern hamlets.[1]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Hamlets[edit]

In Saskatchewan, a hamlet is an unincorporated community with at least five occupied dwellings situated on separate lots and at least 10 separate lots, the majority of which are an average size of less than one acre.[2] The people in a hamlet may apply for organized hamlet status within the rural municipality in which the hamlet is located.

Many, but not all, organized hamlets in Saskatchewan are recognized as designated places by Statistics Canada, while unorganized hamlets are not.[citation needed]

Organized hamlets[edit]

Saskatchewan has 151 organized hamlets that are established via ministerial order and under the jurisdiction of rural municipalities within southern and central Saskatchewan.[10]

Other hamlets[edit]

The following hamlets do not have organized hamlet status.

Northern settlements[edit]

A northern settlement is an unincorporated community in the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District, and its administration is regulated by The Northern Municipalities Act.[5]

Saskatchewan has 11 northern settlements.[1]

Special service areas[edit]

Ghost towns[edit]

A ghost town is a town that once had a considerable population, that has since dwindled in numbers causing some or all of its businesses and services to close, either due to the rerouting of a highway, railway tracks being pulled, or exhaustion of some natural resource.

First Nations communities[edit]

Indian reserves[edit]

Metis settlements[edit]

See also[edit]

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Canadian Provinces and Territories
Communities in Canada's provinces and territories

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The balance of Flin Flon is located within Manitoba.
  2. ^ This population does not include 5,363 in the Manitoba portion of Flin Flon. The city's total population in 2011 was 5,592.
  3. ^ This area does not include 13.88 km2 (5.36 sq mi) in the Manitoba portion of Flin Flon. The city's total area in 2011 was 16.25 km2 (6.27 sq mi).
  4. ^ The balance of Lloydminster is located within Alberta.
  5. ^ This population does not include 18,032 in the Alberta portion of Lloydminster. The city's total population in 2011 was 27,804.
  6. ^ This area does not include 24.19 km2 (9.34 sq mi) in the Alberta portion of Lloydminster. The city's total area in 2011 was 41.53 km2 (16.03 sq mi).
  7. ^ Martensville is Saskatchewan's smallest city by area.
  8. ^ Melville is Saskatchewan's smallest city by population.
  9. ^ Regina is Saskatchewan's capital and was its first city, incorporated June 19, 1903. The Regina census metropolitan area (CMA) is formed around the City of Regina.
  10. ^ Saskatoon is Saskatchewan's largest city by both population and area. The Saskatoon CMA includes the cities of Martensville and Saskatoon.
  11. ^ Warman is Saskatchewan's newest city, incorporated October 27, 2012.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Types of Municipalities". Saskatchewan Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Saskatchewan Queen's Printer. "The Municipalities Act". Retrieved 2008-02-09. 
  3. ^ a b c Saskatchewan Queen's Printer. "The Cities Act". Retrieved 2008-02-09. 
  4. ^ Saskatchewan Queen's Printer. "The Northern Saskatchewan Administration District Boundaries Regulations". Retrieved 2008-02-09. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Saskatchewan Queen's Printer. "The Northern Municipalities Act". Retrieved 2008-02-09. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Saskatchewan)". Statistics Canada. May 28, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Search for Municipal Information". Saskatchewan Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Urban Municipality Incorporation Dates". Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an "Corrections and updates: Population and dwelling count amendments, 2011 Census". Statistics Canada. August 13, 2013. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "The Municipalities Act". Government of Saskatchewan. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Southern and Central Saskatchewan, Canada: Rural Municipalities". Saskatchewan Department of Government Relations and Aboriginal Affairs. 2002. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Rural Municipality Incorporations (Alphabetical)". Saskatchewan Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b c "Northern Communities Incorporation Dates" (PDF). Saskatchewan Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 

Other sources[edit]

  • Barry, Bill (1998). People Places : The Dictionary of Saskatchewan Place Names. Regina, Saskatchewan: People Places Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-1-894022-19-4.