Government and Laws
Canada is a democracy with three founding peoples - the First Nations (Aboriginal people of Canada), the French and English. Through immigration, Canada has become multicultural. It has federal, provincial and municipal levels of government, all elected by its citizens.
Saskatchewan's government is made up of people who are both elected and appointed to their positions.
Programs and Services
The Government of Saskatchewan has many ministries, crown corporations, boards and agencies that provide programs and services for people in the province. Ministries deal with many areas of important concern such as health, education, immigration, highways and agriculture. The provincial ministry in charge of provincial immigration is the Ministry of the Economy.
To find programs and services offered by the Government of Saskatchewan, visit www.saskatchewan.ca. You can also find programs and services by searching for government telephone numbers in the Blue Pages of your telephone book. These pages include local government, provincial and federal telephone numbers. Learn more about the programs and services of the government of Canada, other provinces, or cities in Saskatchewan.
Voting and Elections
In Saskatchewan people can run in an election either as part of a political party or independently without political party support. Saskatchewan has many political parties and you are allowed to join any of them.
Voting in a Canadian election is free, confidential and democratic. Before an election, a list of eligible voters is made. To vote in Saskatchewan, you must be a Canadian citizen on Election Day, be at least 18 years of age, and meet the Saskatchewan residency requirements. Visit Saskatchewan's electoral system to learn more.
Many multicultural and intercultural organizations speak to the government on behalf of immigrants. However, Members of the Legislative Assembly for your constituency are there to hear the needs of people in their area, including newcomers. If you would like to meet with your MLA, you can call his or her office to make an appointment. You do not need to wait until you are a Canadian citizen. Find Your Constituency or Member of the Legislative Assembly.
Canadian federal elections are traditionally held at approximately four-year intervals. Canada does not have fixed election dates.