Frequently Asked Questions About Freemasonry

What are the requirements to become a Mason?

Anyone meeting the following primary requirements may petition a Saskatchewan Lodge for membership:

  • You are an adult male (18 or older) of good character and recommended by a Saskatchewan Mason.
  • You believe in a Supreme Being - no atheist or agnostic can become a Mason - but we are not concerned with theological distinctions or your particular religious beliefs.
  • You are interested in becoming a Mason because you hold a favorable opinion of our institution; and, your decision to apply is based on your own "free will and accord" - no one compelled you to join.

How do I become a Freemason?


Because Masons have not traditionally recruited members, and do not hold public meetings, there has long been confusion about how to join the Fraternity. Does someone ask you? Do you ask? But if you meet the requirements above, it is really quite simple:

Most men can become a Mason by simply asking - like Sir John A. MacDonald, Tim Horton, and most every Mason from the past to the present day. Each Lodge manages the membership process for its candidates. In general, men seek out a Lodge near their home or work (the "Find a Lodge Near You" feature will help you find the nearest Lodge), or they ask a Mason to recommend a Lodge to them. Once you've found a Lodge you would like to join, let them know of your interest and they will provide you with a petition.

If you are unanimously elected by the members of a Lodge, joining the Fraternity involves going through three "Degrees": Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason. Every man accepted into the Fraternity goes through the Degrees, thereby making each an equal to the others in the Lodge. Typically they are conferred during a Lodge's monthly meeting over the course of three months.

What if I don't know a Mason who can recommend me?

It is quite possible you know a Mason, but you just don't realize it. If your father, uncles, or grandfathers aren't Masons, they probably know someone who is. You might also want to ask around your workplace or school, church, or gym - anywhere that you find a group of men, you might find a Mason. Although Masons tend to be very proud of their association with the Fraternity, they are often uncomfortable talking about it. It is particularly difficult for them to speak with their friends or family members because they don't want to push Masonry on them. They might very well be looking forward to the opportunity to speak with you; more importantly, they would be honored to sponsor you for membership.

If you don't know anyone who is a Mason and you are a complete stranger to all of the members of the Lodge, you are going to want to take some time getting to know them. But they are going to want to take some time getting to know you too. Once you are ready to ask, a member of the Lodge will sign your petition. Or contact the Grand Lodge of Saskatchewan.

What are the time and/or financial commitments of being a Mason?

Becoming a Mason takes several months from the time you complete your petition until you have finished your Degrees. Until you begin taking your Degrees though, very little is asked of you. Once the Degree work begins you will need to attend your Lodge's monthly meeting(s). There is some side work that you will need to complete that amounts to a little bit of homework. Every member of the Fraternity has gone through this process and your Lodge will assign a Brother to help you.

Once you have completed your three Degrees, we expect our members to attend their Lodge's "Regular Business / Emergent," or monthly meeting(s) once or twice monthly. Beyond that, there are other activities going on: community service, family and social outings, etc. that take place throughout the year. We hope our members will participate in the events that their time and interest allows. Like many things, you get out of Freemasonry what you choose to put into it; although we also recognize and understand the need for a balance between your family, work or school, and other interests and commitments.

There is a one-time initiation fee at NWMP Lodge #11 of $200.00. Members of our lodge pay annual dues of $160.00, with senior and non-resident members paying $150.00, and senior non-resident members paying $135.00.

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