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Communities in the Province of
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, Canada include incorporated municipalities,
unincorporated communities An unincorporated area is a region not governed by a local municipal corporation. Similarly, an unincorporated community is a Human settlement, settlement not governed by its own local municipal corporation, but is administered as part of larg ...
and
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s communities. Types of incorporated municipalities include urban municipalities, rural municipalities and northern municipalities. Urban municipalities are further classified into four sub-types –
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cities
,
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town
s,
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village
s and resort villages. Northern municipalities, which are located in the
Northern Saskatchewan Administration District The Northern Saskatchewan Administration District (NSAD) is the Unincorporated area, unorganized area of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Overwhelmingly larger than the province's other communities, it encompasses approximately half of Saskat ...

Northern Saskatchewan Administration District
(NSAD), are further classified into three sub-types – northern towns, northern villages and northern hamlets. Rural municipalities are not classified into sub-types. Types of unincorporated communities include
hamlets A hamlet is a small human settlement. In different jurisdictions and geographies, a hamlet may be the size of a town A town is a human settlement. Towns are generally larger than villages and smaller than city, cities, though the criteria ...
and organized hamlets within rural municipalities and northern settlements within the NSAD. The administration of rural municipalities, towns, villages, resort villages, organized hamlets and hamlets is regulated by ''The Municipalities Act'', while the administration of cities is regulated by ''The Cities Act''. Administration of northern towns, northern villages, northern hamlets and northern settlements (those within the NSAD) is regulated by ''The Northern Municipalities Act''. In the
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, Saskatchewan's communities combined for a total provincial population of 1,033,381.


Municipalities

Saskatchewan presently has 786 municipalities of various types (urban, rural and northern municipalities) and sub-types (cities, towns, villages, resort villages, northern towns, northern villages and northern hamlets).


Urban municipalities

Saskatchewan has 466 urban municipalities, which includes the sub-types of cities, towns, villages and resort villages.


Cities

In Saskatchewan, towns must have a population above 5,000 in order to be granted
city status City status is a symbolic and legal designation given by a national or subnational government. A municipality may receive city status because it already has the qualities of a city, or because it has some special purpose. Historically, city status ...

city status
. A city does not automatically revert to town status if the population drops below 5,000; this only occurs if the city council requests it, the majority of electors vote to revert to town status or the appropriate provincial minister is of the opinion that the reversion to town status is in the public interest. The city of Melville retains city status as of 2010 despite dropping below 5,000 population in the 1990s. Saskatchewan has 16 cities, including
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and not including
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Flin Flon
.


Towns

In Saskatchewan,
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town
s are formed from villages or resort villages with a population of at least 500 people. The council of the village or resort village must request the change to town status. When a town's population exceeds 5,000 people, the council may request a change to
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status, but the change in
incorporation Incorporation may refer to: * Incorporation (business), the creation of a corporation * Incorporation of a place, creation of municipal corporation such as a city or county * Incorporation (academic), awarding a degree based on the student having ...
level is not mandatory. Towns with shrinking populations are allowed to retain town status even if the number of residents falls below the 500 limit. For example, the towns of Fleming,
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, and
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have populations that have dropped under 500 people and are still qualified under town status. Towns with populations below the limit may, however, revert to village or resort village status if the town council requests it. Saskatchewan has 146 towns.


Villages

The people of an organized hamlet may request that the hamlet be incorporated as a village or resort village. In order to qualify, the hamlet must have been an organized hamlet for at least 3 years, have a population of at least 100 in the most recent census, and contain at least 50 separate dwelling units or business premises. Saskatchewan has 260 villages.


Resort villages

Saskatchewan has 40 resort villages.


Rural municipalities

A rural municipality is created by the Minister of Municipal Affairs by ministerial order via section 49 of ''The Municipalities Act''. Saskatchewan has 296 rural municipalities, which are located in the central and southern portions of the province. Saskatchewan has 296 rural municipalities.


Northern municipalities

Saskatchewan has 24 northern municipalities, which includes the sub-types of northern towns, northern villages and northern hamlets.


Northern towns

A northern town is a town in the
Northern Saskatchewan Administration District The Northern Saskatchewan Administration District (NSAD) is the Unincorporated area, unorganized area of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Overwhelmingly larger than the province's other communities, it encompasses approximately half of Saskat ...

Northern Saskatchewan Administration District
. Its administration is regulated by ''The Northern Municipalities Act''. A northern village may apply for town status when the actual resident population is at least 500. Saskatchewan has two northern towns.


Northern villages

A northern village is located in the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District, and its administration is regulated by The Northern Municipalities Act. A northern hamlet may apply for northern village status when the population is at least 100 and the northern hamlet contains at least 50 separate dwelling units or business premises. Saskatchewan has 11 northern villages.


Northern hamlets

A northern hamlet is located in the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District, and its administration is regulated by The Northern Municipalities Act. A northern settlement may apply for northern hamlet status when the population is at least 50 and the northern settlement contains at least 25 separate dwelling units or business premises. Unlike hamlets and northern settlements, northern hamlets are municipal corporations. Saskatchewan has 11 northern hamlets.


Unincorporated hamlets

In Saskatchewan, a
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is an unincorporated community that is under the jurisdiction of a
rural municipality A rural municipality is a classification of municipality A municipality is usually a single administrative division Administrative division, administrative unitArticle 3(1). , country subdivision, administrative region, subnational enti ...
. It has at least five occupied dwellings situated on separate lots and at least 10 separate lots, the majority of which are an average size of less than one
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. The Government of Saskatchewan recognizes three different types of hamlets – generic "hamlets", "special service areas" and "organized hamlets". Some organized hamlets in Saskatchewan are recognized as
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s by
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, while unorganized hamlets are not.


Hamlets

Generic hamlets in Saskatchewan are under the jurisdiction of a rural municipality and do not have any decision-making powers or independent authorities. The following are hamlets that are neither special service areas nor organized hamlets.


Special service areas

Like a generic hamlet, a special service area is under the jurisdiction of a rural municipality and does not have any decision-making powers or independent authorities. Unlike a generic hamlet, a special service area may form its own electoral division within the rural municipality and may have a different tax regime within the rural municipality compared to a generic hamlet.


Organized hamlets

Saskatchewan has 151 organized hamlets that are established via ministerial order and under the jurisdiction of rural municipalities within southern and central Saskatchewan. The people in a hamlet may apply for organized hamlet status within the rural municipality in which the hamlet is located. The minimum requirements for organize status include a permanent population of at least 80 residents, 40 separate dwelling units or places of business, a taxable assessment of at least $4 million, and any other factor the minister may consider appropriate.


Northern settlements

A northern settlement is an unincorporated community in the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District, and its administration is regulated by The Northern Municipalities Act. Saskatchewan has 11 northern settlements.


Ghost towns

A
ghost town A ghost town or alternatively deserted city or abandoned city is an abandoned village, town, or city, usually one that contains substantial visible remaining buildings and infrastructure such as roads. A town often becomes a ghost town because ...
is a
town A town is a human settlement. Towns are generally larger than villages and smaller than city, cities, though the criteria to distinguish between them vary considerably in different parts of the world. Origin and use The word "town" shares a ...

town
that once had a considerable population, that has since dwindled in numbers causing some or all of its businesses and services to close, either due to the rerouting of a
highway A highway is any public or private road A road is a wide way leading from one place to another, typically one with a specially prepared surface which vehicles and bikes can use. Roads consist of one or two roadways (British English: ...

highway
,
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railway
tracks being pulled, or exhaustion of some
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.


First Nations communities


Indian reserves


Metis settlements


See also

*
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* List of designated places in Saskatchewan


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