Most wards changed due to the increase in population in Wards 2 and 4 (Harbour Landing and Arcola East). Boundaries will come into effect for the 2020 municipal election.
The Commission determined the final ward boundaries after its March public hearing during the review and will submit its final report with City Council on Monday, June 24, 2019. This review process provided citizens with an opportunity to view the changes in ward boundaries and provide the Commission with input.
Following presentation to Council, the Final Report and Ward Boundary Maps will be available on the main floor of City Hall for in-person public viewing during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., June 25 to July 5.
Why do this now?
In accordance to Section 60 of The Cities Act, the City of Regina is required to review its ward boundaries after every three elections or when the population of a ward varies by more or less than 10 per cent from the average population per ward.
With the growth Regina has seen since the last boundary review in 2014, some wards now fall outside of the 10 per cent variation limit. The Municipal Wards Commission ensures that the population of each ward is similar in number. This makes sure every resident’s vote has the same value as that of the next person and that each resident has equitable representation from their ward councillors.
How was this done?
City Council establishes a Municipal Wards Commission that follows a common five-step process:
- Research and analyze population statistics and local communities
- Public engagement and feedback
- Develop ward boundary options
- Public engagement and feedback on ward boundary options
- Final report to City Council
What is the purpose?
- To evenly distribute population throughout the wards
- To look at communities of interest and neighbourhoods within the city
- To do our best to not split up well-established communities
- To consider other factors – ward’s history and physical or natural features
Who is responsible for decisions?
City Council is legislated to appoint the following three members to a Municipal Wards Commission:
- A Justice designated by the Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan who shall act as the Commission chairperson
- The City Clerk
- A representative of the University of Regina designated by the President of the University of Regina
Appointed Commission members are Madam Justice Lana Krogan (Chairperson); Jim Nicol, City Clerk; and Dale Eisler, U of R Senior Advisor of Government Relations.