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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.


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


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.


Provides for the operation, management and stewardship of provincial assets that include Government House and Wascana Centre, enhancing quality of life and creating pride in the capital city through educational programming, public events and celebratory opportunities. The commission acts as a regulator for all land use within Wascana Centre.


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:

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

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

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 and by the Lieutenant Governor in each of the 10 provinces; they carry out most of her functions as Head of State. Territories are under federal jurisdiction; they do not have Crown representatives. Territorial governments are instead headed by commissioners who are appointed by the federal government, an authority the commissioner represents in the territory.

Visit Canadian Heritage to learn more about the Canadian Monarchy.


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, The Provincial Capital Commission Regulations and the PCC Governance Manual.


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 Don McMorris, Minister of Government Relations. View his biography.

Picture of Minister Don McMorris taken in 2021.

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

Picture of Deputy Minister Greg Miller, Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations

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

Photo of MLA Derek Meyers

Mr. Derek Myers
MLA for Regina - Walsh Acres

Photo of MLA Mark Docherty

Mr. Mark Docherty
MLA for Regina - Coronation Park

City of Regina

Bob Hawkins, City of Regina Ward 2 Councillor

Mr. Bob Hawkins
Ward 2 Councillor, City of Regina

University of Regina

David Button, University of Regina Vice-President

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

Board Observers

  • City of Regina - Councillor Cheryl Stadnichuk
  • University of Regina - Ms. Lisa Mitchell

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

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.

The 2020 program has been postponed temporarily. Application forms will be available here once the program resumes.

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

Bill-Ding Laws

In January of 2020, Government House partnered with Visitor Services in the Legislative Building to pilot a program called Bill-ding Laws, where students had an opportunity to learn about the passing of a bill and becoming law.

This year, seven classes of Grades 8-10 students ran through the process of drafting a bill and met their MLA before visiting Government House to learn about Royal Assent and the participation of the Lieutenant Governor in the democratic process.

This program received positive feedback from educators. There are plans to adapt and expand the program in future years.

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


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
    The policy establishes the criteria for the Provincial Capital Commission's approval of improvements and all land use within Wascana Centre and at Government House.
  • Proponent Development Checklist
    This checklist is provided to the proponent and outlines the current audited steps in the Wascana Centre – Master Plan 2016 that are required of all development projects within Wascana Centre.
  • Definitions: Public Participation Policy and Procedures
    These are the definitions used in the public participation policy, public participation for major development procedure, and public participation for Wascana Centre – 2016 Master Plan procedure.
  • Public Participation Policy
    This policy establishes guiding principles and standards for public participation activities within the decision making processes for the Provincial Capital Commission.
  • Public Participation for Major Developments Procedure
    This document describes the process for the development, review and approval of public participation plans for major developments initiated by proponents and the steps that must be taken by the proponent to implement the public participation plan.
  • Public Participation for Master Plan Procedure
    This document describes the process for the development, review and approval of public participation plans for the review and renewal of the Wascana Centre – 2016 Master Plan and for major amendments to the Master Plan, and the steps that must be taken to implement the public participation plan.
  • Public Participation Policy and Procedures Reference Manual
    This document outlines and provides references for: the Spectrum of Public Participation (International Association of Public Participation – IAP2 – www.iap2.org), Public Notice Standards, Example of Public Participation Activities, Master Plan Public Advisory Committee, and Public Participation Stages for Review and Renewal of the Master Plan.
  • Tenant Land Use Application Policy
    This policy outlines the land use criteria that must be approved by the Provincial Capital Commission before finalizing any lease agreement between between the property owner, lessor or sub-lessor, and the tenant.

5. Plans and Annual Reports

The Provincial Capital Commission's Plan for 2021-22 outlines the strategies and key actions the PCC has identified for the current fiscal year.

The Provincial Capital Commission's 2020-21 Annual Report presents the organization's results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020. It provides results of publicly committed strategies, key actions and performance measures identified in the Provincial Capital Commission's Plan for 2020-21.


6. Legislation


7. PCC Newsletters

The Fall 2021 PCC Newsletter is now available.

To receive your copy of the quarterly PCC Newsletter, please email your subscription request with your full name and preferred email address to pccnewsletter@gov.sk.ca.

Past newsletters can be viewed below:


8. News Releases

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