In all Canadian jurisdictions, including Saskatchewan, there are certain requirements to run as a candidate at an election or to establish a registered political party.
How do I become a candidate?
- determine if you're eligible
- 18 years of age on election day
- Canadian citizen
- living in Saskatchewan for at least 6 months before election day
- file nomination papers
- pay a $100 nomination deposit
- collect signatures of 4 electors in your constituency
Before seeking nomination or being a candidate in a provincial election, it is your responsibility to ensure you are in compliance with any policies or guidelines established by your employer with respect to political activities. For example, if you work in the federal, provincial or municipal sector or hold a public appointment or office, there may be legislation related to employee participation in the electoral process.
The Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan also provides information on becoming an MLA:
In Saskatchewan, any person who meets the requirements of The Election Act, 1996 can become a candidate. A person may be either a potential candidate of a registered political party following a nomination contest, or they may be endorsed by the party anytime between elections.
A person may also register as an independent candidate anytime between elections. Between elections, a person who is interested in becoming a potential candidate should complete the pre-writ forms and submit them to Elections Saskatchewan.
Whether or not a person has been nominated by a registered party, or intends to run as an independent candidate, the person must be officially nominated as a candidate after the call of an election in accordance with the Act to be eligible to run for a seat in the Legislative Assembly. More information on this process will be provided closer to the date of the election.
Forms and guides
Officially Nominated Candidates
Now that the writs of election have been issued for the April 4 election, candidates must file their nomination papers before they are considered an official candidate. The below list of official candidates will be updated here daily from March 8 to the close of nominations on March 19 at 2 p.m.