Kathy Ritchie, Returning Officer
Tel: (306) 786-1717
Fax: (306) 786-6880
Term for the Current Municipal Council and School Board Members expire in the Fall of 2016
- The City of Yorkton Mayor and Six (6) Councillors
- The Good Spirit School Division No. 204 - Yorkton at Large - Three (3) Board Members
- The Christ the Teacher Catholic Separate School Division No. 212 - Yorkton at Large - Four (4) Board Members
for the term of Fall 2016 to the Fall of 2020 will be accepted by the City of Yorkton - Returning Officer, during regular business hours from Tuesday, September 6th to Tuesday, September 20th (8:00am - Noon and 1:00pm - 4:00pm) and on Wednesday, September 21st from 9:00am through to 4:00pm (cst).
Details applicable to the Election have been compiled in the Candidate's Information Booklet (please click this link to view and download a copy). Additional questions can be directed to the City Clerk's office at (306) 786-1717.
Should an election be held, Election Day will be Wednesday, October 26, 2016.
Responsibilities of City Council
City Council in the City of Yorkton consists of a Mayor and six Councillors.
The purpose of City Council is to govern the City, authority is given to us from the Province of Saskatchewan through legislation, The Cities Act for one or more of the following purposes:
(a) to provide good government;
(b) to provide services, facilities and other things that, in the opinion of Council, are necessary and desirable for all or a part of the City;
(c) to develop and maintain a safe and viable community;
(d) to foster economic, social and environmental well-being; and
(e) to provide wise stewardship of public assets.
Qualifications for Candidates
A person is qualified to be nominated for and to hold the Office of the Mayor or Councillor of the City of Yorkton if he or she is at least eighteen (18) years of age on the day of the election and, at the time of submitting the nomination paper:
- is a Canadian citizen;
- has resided in Yorkton for at least three (3) consecutive months immediately preceding the date on which the nomination paper is submitted; and
- has resided in Saskatchewan for at least six (6) consecutive months immediately preceding the date on which the nomination paper is submitted.
None of the following persons are qualified to be nominated, elected or to hold office as a member of council:
- a judge of a court;
- an auditor or solicitor of the municipality.
No person is disqualified from being nominated, elected or holding office as a member of a council by reason of having an interest in a contract with the municipality.
An employee of a municipality or of a council committee may seek nomination and election if they have first obtained a leave of absence in accordance with subsection 2-54(1) of The Saskatchewan Employment Act. If that employee is elected, he or she is deemed to have resigned from the position of employment on the day before the day on which he or she is declared elected unless for any reason the results of the election are overturned.
School Board Candidates
A person is qualified to be nominated for the school boards if that person:
- will be eighteen (18) years of age or older on Election Day;
- is a Canadian citizen at the time of submitting nomination papers;
- has resided in the school division for at least three (3) consecutive months immediately preceding the time of submitting nomination papers;
- has resided in Saskatchewan for at least six (6) consecutive months immediately preceding the time of submitting nomination papers; and
- for the separate School Board nominations, is a member of the Roman Catholic faith.
An employee of the Board of Education may seek nomination and election if he or she has first obtained a leave of abscence in accordance with subsection 2-54(1) of The Saskatchewan Employment Act. If that employee is elected, he or she is deemed to have resigned from the position of employment on the day before the day on which he or she is declared elected unless for any reason the results of the election are overturned.
Qualifications for Voting
If an Election is held, eligibility to Vote is as follows:
To be eligible to vote for the Mayor and Councillors an elector must meet the following qualifications:
- Must be at least 18 years of age on Election Day;
- Must be a Canadian citizen;
- Must have resided in Yorkton for at least three months immediately preceding the day of election and in Saskatchewan for at least six months immediately preceding the day of election; or the elector must own assessable land within Yorkton, which must be registered in the Individual's name.
To be eligible to vote for the School Boards within the City of Yorkton:
- Individuals are entitled to vote for only one School Board.
- The qualifications listed above apply.
- In order to vote for the Separate School Board you must be of the religious faith of the minority that established the separate school division (If the Separate School Division was established for people of the Roman Catholic faith, then you must be of the Roman Catholic faith. However, if the Pope in Rome is recognized as the leader of your church, for example, Ukrainian Catholic, you are considered a member of the minority Catholic faith thereby becoming an "elector" for the Roman Catholic separate school board).
The residence of a person is the place where that person normally resides. A person who is temporarily absent from the place where he or she normally resides does not lose his or her residence. If a person has more than one home in the Province, that person must choose one as his or her residence.
Voters lists are not utilized in the City of Yorkton. You must register to vote when you come to your polling place.
Electors must produce identification at the polls before receiving a ballot. There is a long list of criteria acceptable as voter identification so that all those eligible to vote are not excluded. However, Photo ID is your best choice. Most people will use their Saskatchewan Driver’s Licenses. You will only require one original piece of identification if it has your photo, name and address and it is issued by a federal, provincial or municipal government. If you are a non-driver, you may still obtain Photo ID from SGI at a small cost. If you do not have Photo ID, then you will need to provide two pieces of approved identification.
Non-Photo ID Options
If you don't have photo identification and are unable to obtain photo-ID before Election Day, you can present two other pieces of information as long as both contain your name and at least one contains your address.
Identification Options - click to learn more
If an Election is held, please see Polling Information for Election Day Polls, Polling Places and all other poll information.