In 1972, Saskatchewan established its first independent commission to delimit provincial electoral boundaries. In the previous 67 years of the provinces’ history, the Legislative Assembly set provincial electoral boundaries.
The current commission, established on April 27, 2022 under The Boundaries Commission Act, 1993, is the 7th provincial boundaries commission.
The Act specifies that the Commission must recommend boundaries for the 59 constituencies south of the dividing line that separates the two northern constituencies, Athabasca and Cumberland.
The Commission is guided in its work by the principle that every vote should bear an equal value to the extent practical, subject to those variations considered necessary because of sparsity, density, or relative rates of growth; accessibility, size, shape, or physical features of regions; or special communities or diversities of interest, as permitted by the governing legislation.
The Commission will produce an interim report of new provincial constituency boundaries by the end of July. It will then conduct public hearings across the province to receive public comment. A final report will be tabled in the Legislative Assembly by the end of October.