Access to the Legislative Building 

Visitors may have access to the Legislative Building to attend meetings, special functions, view sittings of the Assembly or meetings of legislative committees, use the services of the Legislative Library and the cafeteria, and take guided tours of the building.  

The Saskatchewan Legislative Building is open to the public as follows:

Winter Hours
Labour Day weekend (September) to Victoria Day weekend (May) – 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. 

Summer Hours
Victoria Day weekend (May) to Labour Day weekend (September) – 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. 

The building is closed on Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Visitors may enter through the main front doors or the wheelchair-accessible Prince of Wales entrance. As you enter, you will be greeted by a security officer. All visitors who want to attend a legislative sitting, or visit the library or cafeteria are required to register at the security kiosk. You must provide a piece of photo identification, such as a driver’s license. Then you will be given a visitor’s pass to wear at all times when you’re in the building and return to security as you leave. 

You may have access to the Legislative Building to meet with people who work in the building, but only if that meeting has been arranged in advance. 

All deliveries to the Saskatchewan Legislative Building must be made through the south entrance, where you must check in at the security kiosk. All mail and parcels delivered to the building are checked prior to distribution in the building.

  

Attending a Legislative Sitting

The Assembly does not meet year-round. Since 2006, the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly has followed a parliamentary calendar to determine when it will convene. Unless there is an election scheduled, the calendar sets out two legislative phases per year: a 6-week fall period beginning in October, and a 10-week spring period starting in March. In election years, the first session begins at the government’s discretion. 

During a legislative session, the Legislative Assembly sits Monday to Thursday. Question period usually begins within 20 minutes of the opening of the day’s sitting.

Monday and Tuesday 1:30 pm to 10:30 pm, with a recess from 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Wednesday 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Thursday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

The Assembly does not meet on designated holidays, including those that occur during a sessional period (e.g., Remembrance Day and Easter). 

There are two visitor galleries from which the public can watch the proceedings of the Legislative Assembly. A Visitor Services guide or a Security officer can direct you to the galleries. If you’re interested in finding a particular Member’s seat in the Chamber, Security staff at the gallery entrance have copies of the seating plan on hand. 

There are a few guidelines to follow when observing the Assembly. Visitors are asked not to participate in or interrupt the debate happening on the floor of the Chamber, so there is no cell phone use, loud speaking, applause, or photography. People should remain seated in the galleries, except when the Members of the Legislative Assembly rise for the parade that opens each day’s sitting, during prayers, or when the Lieutenant Governor arrives or departs. Visitors will be asked to turn their cell phones off. Cameras, radios, and recording devices are not allowed in the Chamber. 

Legislative committee meetings are also open to the public. Notices of committee meetings are posted here and in the Legislative Calendar. Meetings are generally held in the legislative Chamber or in room 8. When you come to observe a committee meeting, Security staff can direct you to the correct location. 

 

Tours of the Legislative Building

Tours of the Legislative Building are available seven days a week with the exception of Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year's Day when the building is closed. The tours are available in English or French and there is no charge.

Winter Hours
Labour Day weekend (September) to Victoria Day weekend (May) – 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Last tour at 4:00 p.m.)

Summer Hours
Victoria Day weekend (May) to Labour Day weekend (September) - 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. (Last tour at 4:30 p.m.)

For inquiries or to make a booking, call (306) 787-5358 or complete the Group Tour Request Form for groups of 10 or more.

Visiting the Legislative Library 

The Saskatchewan Legislative Library provides library services to the Members of the Legislative Assembly and their staff, as well as the officials of the Legislative Assembly, the Saskatchewan public service, and the public. To access the Legislative Library, you must provide photo ID and get a visitor’s pass at the building’s main entrance.

Regular Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Hours During Session:
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  

Legislative Building Restrictions

Advertising and soliciting

The Ministry of Central Services prohibits soliciting sales in government-owned, operated, or leased buildings. The Saskatchewan Legislative Building does not permit commercial advertising to be posted within the facility.

Animals

Only service animals are permitted in any areas of the Legislative Building.

Bicycles

Bicycle racks are located at the front entrance and the south entrance of the building. No bicycles are permitted inside the Legislative Building.

Public events

The Saskatchewan Legislative Building does not allow public events such as weddings, funerals, wakes, or other occasions that are not authorized by the government.

 

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