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Provincial Capital Commission

Inspiring pride and fostering connections to Saskatchewan’s Capital City

Walter Scott Statue

The Commission is dedicated to providing enhanced visitor experiences and educational programming in Wascana Centre and at Government House to inspire pride in Saskatchewan's capital city while focusing on stewardship. The Commission is also responsible for the promotion of the Legislative Building and the Conexus Arts Centre.

Vision

Inspiring pride and fostering connections to Saskatchewan's Capital City.

Mission

To enhance quality of life by creating community partnerships, promoting visitor experiences and providing stewardship of the land and assets within the Provincial Capital Commission.

Mandate

Enhance the quality of life for our citizens through the celebration and creation of opportunities, stewardship of the land, and engagement of our youth about our democracy and provincial history. Promote, preserve and strengthen our diverse heritage and culture to ensure that Saskatchewan's Capital City is a source of provincial pride and significance. The Provincial Capital Commission is an agent of the Crown within the Province of Saskatchewan.

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1. Purpose of a Capital

A Capital:

  • is a city that is the official seat of government;
  • reflects the history, aspirations and democratic traditions of its citizens;
  • is a place to remember and explore our collective past, showcasing significant milestones, objects and symbols through museums, historic sites, heritage buildings and stories;
  • is a place to celebrate the present;
  • is a location of festivals, ceremonies, democratic processes and visits by important dignitaries;
  • is a place to envision and realize the future;
  • is a centre for advancing cultural arts, education, technology, recreation and athletics, conservation and preservation and justice; and
  • is a symbol of the people to which it belongs, their way of government and way of life.

The Capital as a Seat of Government

A Capital city is where the three components, known as the "seat of government" are located. The three components are:

Political
The elected representatives who make laws and policy and work in the Legislative Building (or City Hall for municipal government).

Administrative
The public servants who draft policies and laws and administer government services work in government offices.

Judicial
The judges and lawyers in courts who uphold the laws as part of the legal system and work in the courthouse.

Our system of government is a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy. In Canada, the head of state is The Queen and her representatives who act on her behalf. Each Capital in Canada has a vice-regal representative.

Canada has one federal Capital – Ottawa, Ontario – 10 provincial capitals and three territorial capitals.

Our Political System

Canada's political system has three main components:

Parliamentary Democracy
Canada's system of government has three branches of Parliament; Governor General, House of Commons and the Senate, that debate laws before they vote on them. The monarch appoints the Governor General as her representative on the advice of the Prime Minister. The Governor General appoints the senators to represent regions on the advice of the Prime Minister. The members of the House of Commons, however, are elected by the people to represent them in their ridings, therefore creating a parliamentary democracy. This system of "responsible government" means the ministers must retain the confidence of a majority of the elected members in the House of Commons (federal) or Legislative Assembly (provincial).

Federal State
There are two concurrent jurisdictions in Canada: the central government in Ottawa and the 10 provincial governments. These jurisdictions are "co-sovereign," in that each has exclusive constitutional responsibilities as well as some shared ones; together they make up the Canadian State. The three territories, while receiving their authority from the Parliament of Canada, have been granted the right to exercise many powers similar to those of provinces. Their form of government continues to evolve.

Constitutional Monarchy
The Canadian Head of State is a hereditary monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, who reigns over Canada's parliamentary democracy and federal state. The Queen is personally represented by the Governor General for Canada as a whole, by the Lieutenant Governor in each of the ten provinces and by Territorial Commissioners in each of the three territories. They carry out most of her functions as Head of State.

The Lieutenant Governor is a tenant of Government House.

Visit Canadian Heritage to learn more about the Canadian Monarchy.

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2. Minister and Board of Directors

The Provincial Capital Commission Board Members function as stewards of Government House and Wascana Centre. Its partners (Government of Saskatchewan, City of Regina and University of Regina) have statutory responsibilities and an obligation to manage the affairs and the business of PCC in accordance with The Provincial Capital Commission Act.

Minister

As outlined in the Act, the PCC is responsible to a minister for the performance of its duties and exercise of its powers. Currently, that minister is the Honourable Lori Carr, Minister of Government Relations.

Lori Carr

Board Members

As outlined in the Act, the Board of Directors is comprised of five members. Three members are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. One of the members is appointed by resolution of the council of the City. One of the members is appointed by the Board of Governors of the University of Regina. The current Board is comprised of:

Government of Saskatchewan

Greg Miller

J. Greg Miller
PCC Board Chair
Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Government Relations
Biography


Don McMorris, MLA for Indian Head-Milestone

Mr. Don McMorris
MLA for Indian Head-Milestone
Biography


Laura Ross, MLA for Regina Rochdale

Ms. Laura Ross
MLA for Regina Rochdale
Biography


City of Regina

Barbara Young, City of Regina Ward 1 Councillor

Ms. Barbara Young
Ward 1 Councillor, City of Regina
Biography


University of Regina

David Button, University of Regina Vice-President

Mr. David Button
Vice-President (Administration), University of Regina
Biography


Board Observers

  • Government of Saskatchewan - Mr. Grant Hilsenteger
  • City of Regina - Councillor Mike O'Donnell
  • University of Regina - Mr. Dale Eisler

Contact Us

Your thoughts and opinions are very important to us. We value your feedback and welcome any comments you have to help improve our programs and services. Thank you for your time and input!

Provincial Capital Commission Feedback
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3. PCC Seat of Government Programs

Charles Knight Youth Mentorship Program

The Charles Knight Youth Mentorship Program provides an opportunity for Northern Saskatchewan students in Grades 9 through 12 to learn about the democratic process, explore post-secondary education opportunities and careers in government, and learn about the history of our province.

Students who participate will meet the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, Cabinet Ministers and MLAs, along with various government officials to get an inside perspective of government and the legislative process. Students will also participate in a Mock Parliament in the Chamber of the Legislative Building.

Students will tour the following:

  • Legislative Building;
  • Government House;
  • University of Regina;
  • First Nations University of Canada;
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic – Regina Campus; and
  • RCMP Depot Division.

All expenses to participate in the program are covered by the Province through the Provincial Capital Commission. Students and chaperones stay in residence at the University of Regina. Transportation from either La Ronge or Prince Albert, depending on applications, is also included.

What students have said about the program

97% of the students said they would recommend the program to other students.

  • "Visiting the university has given me a broader view. It showed me all the opportunities available, and the supports the students receive."
  • "Highlights of the program were the Mock Parliament with the Speaker and touring Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Regina Campus."
  • "I will remember touring the RCMP Training Academy and meeting the Lieutenant Governor."

How to apply

Students must complete an application form and prepare a written essay, explaining in 250 words or less how they have demonstrated leadership abilities to foster a healthy lifestyle in their school or community and why they are interested in participating in the Charles Knight Youth Mentorship Program.

Applications for the 2019 program will be available in February 2019.

Charles Knight Youth Mentorship Program

A Day in the Legislative Assembly

A Day in the Legislative Assembly program provides Grade 8 students from southern Saskatchewan the opportunity to visit and tour the Legislative Building and learn about our democratic system of government. The students are introduced in the Legislative Assembly and invited to watch the proceedings. The program has been coordinated and delivered by the Provincial Capital Commission since 2012 and is offered twice a year (during the fall and spring sessions of the Legislative Assembly).

A Day in the Legislative Assembly Program

Provincial Military Liaison

The Provincial Military Liaison role was created in November 2008 to help co-ordinate the relationship between reservists, members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the provincial government. 

The Government of Saskatchewan, through this role, recognizes and supports the military in their work by having the Provincial Military Liaison attend events, highlight milestone anniversaries and recognize the top cadets in the province.

The Provincial Capital Commission has organized commemorative ceremonies to recognize the contribution of Afghanistan soldiers, the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, and other events and initiatives.

Other examples of support include Veteran Care Kits, creating the "Highway of Heroes" signage, "Support our Troops" decals for government vehicles and military licence plates.

Provincial Military Liaison

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4. Land Use Regulations

Wascana Centre is home to the Legislative Building, the University of Regina, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, the Conexus Performing Arts Centre, the Saskatchewan Science Centre, Royal Saskatchewan Museum, MacKenzie Art Gallery, the Habitat Conservation Area and many others. These sites combine to create a unique place with urban development and major recreational assets for Regina.

Wascana Centre has had a Master Plan in place since 1913 to guide developments and land use within the park. The Plan is updated on a regular basis, following comprehensive public input and review. The Master Plan will continue to guide the development of structures, infrastructure and landscapes throughout Wascana Centre, now and into the future.

The Provincial Capital Commission and its Board of Directors, with guidance from their Architectural Advisory Committee, are responsible for regulating and stewarding this land. The following provides background and information on proposed development within Wascana Centre.

  • Land Use and Development Policy
    This policy establishes guidelines for permitted land use and development of new buildings and structures, additions and exterior renovations to existing buildings and structures within Wascana Centre.
  • Proponent Development Checklist
    This checklist is provided to the proponent and outlines the current audited steps in the Master Plan 2016 that are required of all development projects within Wascana Centre.
  • PCC Internal Process Checklist
    For reference, this document is the internal process checklist used by the Provincial Capital Commission to guide them through the full technical process of any development in Wascana Centre. 
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5. Plans and Annual Reports

The Provincial Capital Commission's 2018-19 Annual Report presents the organization's results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019. It provides results of publicly committed strategies, key actions and performance measures identified in the Provincial Capital Commission's Plan for 2018-19.

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