Truth and Reconciliation

Cannabis Legalization

Solid Waste Management Strategy

Provincial Budget Hurts Hometowns

Provincial Downloading

Revenue Sharing

Amalgamation

Saskatchewan Transportation Company

You Count so be Counted! - 2016 Census

SUMA’s 2016 Provincial Election Advocacy Hub

Fine Revenue Distribution

STARS Air Ambulance

Climate Change Adaption

Rail Safety

Provincial Recreation

Immigration and Settlement

Firefighter Compensation for Motor Vehicle Collisions (MVCs)

Partners in Building Our Saskatchewan - One Point of PST

Urban Growth Agenda

Partners in Building Our Saskatchewan

SUMA’s 2015 Federal Election Advocacy Hub

This page is dedicated to providing SUMA members and hometown residents with information on SUMA's advocacy work as we approach the July 1, 2018 legalization of recreational cannabis. Here you will find templates to raise the issue in your municipality and with the provincial government, links to resources, and media coverage of this issue. We will update this page with new information as it becomes available. 

Template Letters

Engage your local media with this template letter to the editor you can personalize and send to nearby outlets — newspapers, radio stations, and TV stations. 

SUMA members have a powerful collective voice, so you can use our template letter to Justice Minister Don Morgan and join our call for the Province to share their plan so our members can prepare.

In the News

See SUMA's media engagement, and keep up with what SUMA and our members are saying in the media.

SUMA Media Release (October 31): SUMA Calls on the Saskatchewan Government to Implement Cannabis Legalization Strategy

Sask. cities say they need to see province's pot legalization strategy

SUMA urging province to move on marijuana consultations

SUMA wants to see Saskatchewan’s cannabis legalization strategy

Municipalities worried Sask. is lagging on pot legalization: SUMA says province is holding up municipal planning

Municipalities want Sask. government to lay out pot laws

Fight for legal marijana revenue heats up, as cities make their case

How the provinces are planning for pot legalization

Feds willing to give more pot tax revenue to provinces to help municipalities

SUMA Social Media Platforms

Facebook

Twitter

Suggested Hashtag: #skpoli

What Members are Saying

If you talk to the media about this issue, or submit a letter to the editor, email us with the details and we can share it here. 

Letter to Minister Morgan from Regina City Councillor Andrew Stevens

Resources

SUMA, other municipal associations around the country, and some provincial governments are compiling and sharing information to help municipalities prepare for July 1, 2018. These resources may be helpful, and you can email us with suggestions for resources to add

SUMA

Urban Update (August 8, 2016): Have Your Say: Marijuana Legalization and Regulation 

Urban Update (May 8, 2017, May 23, 2017): Government of Canada Introduces Legislation to Legalize Cannabis

Urban Update (June 19, 2017): Have Your Say: Cannabis Legislation

Member email (September 27): Latest Round of Cannabis Consultation

Member email (November 9): SUMA Calling for a Provincial Cannabis Legalization Strategy

Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Cannabis legalization (overview)

Cannabis legalization primer: how municipalities can get ready

Union of British Columbia Municipalities

Cannabis Regulation

Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities

Cannabis Legalization Symposium

Article: Cannabis Legalization — Weeding Out the Regulations

Association of Municipalities Ontario

Backgrounder

Saskatchewan Government

Cannabis Legalization and Regulation public consultation

Alberta Government

Alberta's approach to cannabis legalization

British Columbia Government

Statement on Cannabis Legalization Task Force Report

BC Cannabis Regulation Engagement

Manitoba Government

Province Issues Expression of Interest for Production, Distribution and Retail of Cannabis in Manitoba

Province Announces Hybrid Model for Distribution and Retail of Cannabis

New Brunswick Government

Report of the New Brunswick Working Group on the Legalization of Cannabis

Newfoundland and Labrador Government

Public Asked to Provide Input on Legalization of Cannabis in Newfoundland and Labrador

Northwest Territories Government

GNWT Cannabis Legislation

Ontario Government

Cannabis Legalization

Consultation paper: Cannabis legalizalization in Ontario

Quebec Government

Forum d'experts sur l'encadrement du cannabis au Québec (Expert Forum on Cannabis Frameworks in Quebec)

Yukon Government

Cannabis legalization in Yukon

This page is dedicated to providing SUMA members and the public with information on SUMA's advocacy work in the wake of the 2017-18 provincial budget. Here you will find information on the issues we are raising, links to social media platforms, and articles covering our response to the budget. Check back often, as we will update this page with new information as it becomes available.

Important Resources from SUMA
Background • Key Messages • FAQs
Template Letters • Policy Positions 
Member Communications

Amplifying Our Voice
SUMA Social Media Platforms
Suggested Hashtags
 

In the News What Members and Partners Are Saying

Important Resources from SUMA

 

Background

Looking for details on payments in lieu? Want to know why reserves can't make up the difference? Get those details, and find out what you can do in this background document.

Key Messages

Preparing for a council meeting or preparing to go talk to your MLA? Get the key points on all the cuts affecting Saskatchewan's hometowns in easy-to-understand bullet points, including specific requests you can make.

FAQs

Have a question on the issues we are raising? This document should answer it. If we missed something, please send your question to suma@suma.org and we will work on getting an answer for you.

Template Letter to the Editor

Engage your local media with a letter you can personalize and send to nearby newspapers — even to radio and TV stations in your area. We've created two versions of the letters, allowing you to use the letter that best covers how this budget is hurting your municipality.

Template for municipalities losing payments in lieu
Template for municipalities focused on downloads and lack of meaningful consultation 
 

Template Letter to Government MLAs/Cabinet Ministers

The templates below are intended for government (i.e., Saskatchewan Party) MLAs. You may also want to send a letter to Government Relations Minister Donna Harpauer, Premier Brad Wall, and other members of cabinet, especially if your local MLA is a member of the official opposition. 

Template for municipalities losing payments in lieu
Template for municipalities focused on downloads and lack of meaningful consultation 
Addresses for all MLAs
Address for Premier and cabinet ministers that attended the March 29 meeting with SUMA representatives

Policy Positions

This budget was rife with downloading. See SUMA's existing policy position for details on how the provincial government downloads to Saskatchewan hometowns.

SUMA has long said that the Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) is vital to our hometowns. See our existing policy position for more details. 

The municipal revenue sharing program has been leading edge in Canada. SUMA defends it at every opportunity. Our policy position has more details. 

Member Communications

March 24: Details on Cuts to Grants in Lieu in 2017-18 Provincial Budget

March 24: SUMA Fighting for Outraged Members
Comparison of revenue sharing amounts to payments in lieu

March 26: Messaging on Provincial Budget Impacts for SUMA Members 

March 28: SUMA Website Now Loaded With Details for Members

March 30: President's Update — From Budget to Board Meeting and Beyond

April 7: Have Your Say on Provincial Budget Cuts

April 13: Update on Legal Action on Payments in Lieu

May 19: End of Session Wrap Up

Amplifying Our Voice

Throughout the campaign, we encourage you to share and retweet our content, and alert us to yours by tagging or mentioning us. 

SUMA Social Media Platforms

Facebook

Twitter

Suggested Hashtags

#skbudget

#skpoli

In the News

See SUMA's media releases, and keep up with what SUMA and our members are saying in the media.

Sask. cities want to avoid budget day surprises next year

What you need to know about why cities might sue the province

Early estimated property tax increase for 2018 near seven per cent

'They may want to drive that point home': Fighting Bill 64 could score political points even if it fails, expert says

Province moves to axe clause preventing legal challenges of Bill 64

Tank: Biggest Saskatoon property tax hike in a decade coming

Melfort looks at 4.07 percent tax increase

Letter: SUMA says Sask. Party sowing confusion about payments-in-lieu

Taylor has provincial issues on his mind at council

Editorial - Bill that prevents cities from suing Province is heavy-handed

Council passes tax, fine hikes to deal with provincial cuts

Saskatchewan towns losing $33M to province: SUMA

Province 'ripping up contracts' that provide millions to cities: SUMA

OPINION: Town reserves not for funding day-to-day expenses

Sask. cities have 'no realistic' hope of challenging a $33 million cut, legal expert says

Province 'ripping up contracts' that provide millions to cities: SUMA

SUMA creates information website following Saskatchewan Budget

OPINION: Town reserves not for funding day-to-day expenses

'Because they were going to': Government defends legislation amendment prohibiting legal action

SUMA still waiting for clarity on SaskPower, SaskEnergy grant cuts

'I think they've been misguided': SUMA defiant on government decision to cut grants worth $33M

'It's just sort of mind-blowing': NDP questions government grants-in-lieu cuts

PlayEscapes and lawn bowling saved in amended city budget, mill rate goes up 2.5% (Regina)

Municipalities decry 'lack of respect' from provincial government

Melfort re-examining Spruce Haven Plan

Regina council hikes taxes, cuts programs to fill money gap

Tax increase and untouched reserves likely as council addresses 'very concerning' financial situation

CBC's Political Panel talks split between Sask. Party and former allies

Wall's government alienating the allies it needs most

Melfort examining cuts to Main Street, tourism promotion by chamber

Saskatoon city manager says reserves can't be used to fund deficit

Sask. premier insists cities use reserve funds to account for budget shortfalls

Potential scrapping of Regina's Playescapes program 'discouraging for families'

No easy decisions for council on amended budget, says Fougere

Meewasin Valley Authority closing river access sites, reducing staff after budget cuts

Regina, province still butting heads on funding shortfall

City council to return April 18 to consider amended budget

Municipalities still angry at province over budget funding

No need for municipal tax hikes: Premier says after budget cuts

City of Saskatoon addresses budget shortfall

Saskatoon Urban Municipalities Association pushing for more budget talks

Saskatchewan cities, towns say they're insulted by government action

Muench Highlights Budget Options in City Minute

N.B. mayor says 30% grant return not enough

Grants-in-lieu loss leading to tax increases and service cuts in Saskatchewan towns

Provincial cuts, downloading costs Saskatoon $59M, city says

Saskatchewan should take note: Libraries are sanctuaries of civil society

'Unexpected circumstance' bringing on cost reductions and mill rate increase, says Mayor Fougere

On the mess that is Saskatchewan today

Library cuts "drastic" for region

City of Regina mulls 6.49% tax hike after provincial budget cuts

City proposes additional 2.5% tax hike, $4.1M in cuts

Additional 1.69 per cent property tax increase proposed

Protesters Drop Everything and Read at MLA office rallies

SUMA strategizing next move

Saskatoon Public Library, facing $800K deficit, prepares to make 'substantial' cuts

Grants-in-lieu: How does it all work?

Grants-in-lieu loss leading to tax increases and service cuts in Saskatchewan towns

Sask. libraries still reeling from budget cuts

City of Saskatoon still mulling over how to tackle $9M funding shortfall

Because of cuts to funding in the recent budget, Saskatchewan libraries are ending the 'One Province, One Card' sharing program

Library-to-library loans shut down after provincial cuts

Libraries in Sask. forced to stop inter-library transfers due to budget cuts

Laid-off library workers speak out about budget cuts

City would need 4.45 per cent tax hike to make up shortfall: Totland

Don't shut down library-to-library loans, urges minister despite funding cuts

Stacks in danger

Cooper: Credit where credit is due

Government alters course on grants-in-lieu

Province caps grants-in-lieu reductions

New poll shows Wall's popularity falls as taxes and cuts rise

Advocates continue fight despite minister's suggestion libraries on the decline

Payments in lieu issue explodes at legislature

Province caps reduction to grants-in-lieu funding

Government to cap grants-in-lieu reductions but 100 communities still in 'exact same situation': Mayor Clark

Province reduces cuts to municipal grants after backlash

Sask. government walks back cuts to grants-in-lieu for some municipalities

The Queen City Improvement Bureau podcast

Province has 'high level' talk with cities about changes to revenue sharing

Mayors upset with mass funding cuts in Wall budget

Provincial budget tough for Humboldt

Humboldt Management Digs into Budget Effects

Government of Saskatchewan release: Province Caps Grants-In-Lieu Reduction

Mayors meet with ministers over grants-in-lieu funding

Meeting between Sask. ministers, mayors starts 'positive' conversation

Council 'blindsided' by provincial budget

Budget clawback takes a chunk out of urban municipalities’ finances: SUMA

Budget was bad news for Estevan

Municipalities get hit hard

North Battleford considers legal action against Saskatchewan government

Revenue sharing should 'be reflective' of provincial revenue: Premier Brad Wall

Wall hints at revenue sharing changes as budget defence continues

Paulsen: 11.4 million reasons to sing the blues

Grants-in-lieu tax grab an insult to Regina, Saskatoon

Provincial cuts equivalent of 15% tax increase for city

Moose Jaw, Sask. reeling from provincial budget

Council outraged at provincial budget; $2 million in cuts for city

Calls to reverse grants in lieu decision increase

Moose Jaw Council Isn't Sure How to Respond to Provincial Cuts

SUMA calls decision to end payments in lieu "outrageous" and "short-sighted"

SUMA says cities being forced to do the province's 'dirty work'

SUMA calls on Saskatchewan government to reverse payments in lieu decision

Municipalities urge province to stop budget cuts; claim dire finances

Saskatoon may not be alone in taking province to court over lost grant-in-lieu revenue

City of Regina struggles to fill the hole the province blew in its budget 

North Battleford hit hard by loss of grants in lieu 

Yorkton facing 'unprecedented hit' after Sask. budget scraps grants program

Budget back-and-forth plays out between Sask. Party, SUMA

Loss of grant-in-lieu funding leaves Sask. municipalities short

Regina Council to revisit city budget on April 10

Reserve dipping a last resort as council deals with grants-in-lieu shortfall

Tax hikes or service cuts looming for Saskatoon after provincial budget

Grant cuts could deal $10M blow to Regina, says mayor

Some cities losing half of provincial funding, says Sask. Urban Municipalities Association

What are grants-in-lieu and why are they important?

Saskatoon's budget battle with province heads to court

Media Releases

May 12 (SUMA): SUMA Renews Call for Meaningful Consultation as Bill 64 Becomes Law

April 24 (SUMA): Province’s Bill 64 Strips Hometowns of Revenues and Rights
Livestream of media conference

April 10 (SUMA): SUMA Calls for Meaningful Consultation as Hometowns Reopen Budgets
Livestream of media conference

March 28 (SUMA): Provincial Government Punishing Hometowns
Livestream of media conference

March 22 (SUMA): SUMA Relieved "Solemn Promise" of Revenue Sharing Kept, Disappointed by Continued Downloading

What Members and Partners Are Saying

Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism (SSM): Concerns and questions from the SSM board

Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism: Questions you might want to ask about issues of key importance to seniors

April 12 (City of Humboldt): We're forced to manage the impacts imposed on us by #skbudget, see how we're doing so

April 10 (City of Saskatoon): Mayor & Councillors Approve Balanced Plan to Fill Provincial Budget Shortfall

April 7 (City of Regina): Proposed Amended Budget

April 5 (City of Saskatoon): Provincial Budget Funding Impact

April 3 (Town of Kindersley): Town Determining Impact of Provincial Budget 2017

March 31 (Mayor Charlie Clark's Office): Provincial Cap to Grants-In-Lieu does not help Saskatoon or 99 other cities, towns and villages.

City of Yorkton: Impact of the Loss of SaskPower and SaskEnergy Payments to Urban Municipalities

March 28 (City of Regina): Council calls on province to reverse funding cuts

March 27 (City of Yorkton): Provincial Budget Has Huge Implications for Yorkton

March 26 (City of Saskatoon): City Council Seeking Legal Measures Among Other Options to Address Provincial Gov’t Refusal to Pay Grants in Lieu of Property Taxes

March 24 (City of Saskatoon): Provincial government cuts push financial burden onto City residents & taxpayers: Choices facing City Council are to raise property taxes or cut City services

March 23 (City of Humboldt): City Significantly Impacted by 2017 Provincial Budget

You Count so be Counted banner with SUMA Amplify Our Voice logo and icons for a firehall, bridge, water tap, and trees with a recycling bin

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association is reminding all eligible Saskatchewan residents to complete the 2016 long-form census to help shape the future of their communities and the services they rely on.

Local decision makers rely on the data collected through the census to make informed decisions that affect the lives of everyone who lives in their communities. 

YOU COUNT so be COUNTED!

Help us spread awareness of how important it is to complete the 2016 Census!

This hub includes a variety of resources on the 2016 Census including:
What is the census?
Who uses census data?
How is census data used?
How your community benefits from the 2016 Census
Additional census information
Media articles
Tools for urban municipalities to Amplify Our Voice
    Letter to the Editor
    Poster/Leaflet
    Social Media

What is the census?

Statistics Canada conducts a census every five years. The next census will take place in May 2016. Every household in Canada is included, as well as Canadians and their families who are working abroad for the federal and provincial governments, Canadian embassies, or the Canadian Armed Forces. All residents of Canada are legally required to complete either the short- or long-form census questionnaire, according to the Statistics Act. 

Who uses census data?

All orders of government, businesses, and various social service organizations and ethno-cultural organizations use information collected by the census. The census data is available to decision-makers as a basis for setting policies in various fields: education, health, welfare, dealing with various levels in the population, housing and development, transportation, and other services. 

How is census data used?

The census is designed to provide information about people in Canada based on their demographic, social and economic characteristics, and is the primary source of reliable demographic data for specific groups such as lone-parent families, seniors, new Canadians, and language groups. 
Census information is vital as it is used in the administration of government programs and in planning pensions, healthcare, employment programs, new schools, public transit, hospitals, daycare centres, and recreation facilities, to name just a few.
Examples

  • Population Count: This information is used to establish funding transfers from Gas Tax, Provincial Revenue Sharing and other funding programs. It is also vital to planning infrastructure projects such as water treatment facilities and schools. Census statistics help forecast the number of children who will be going to school, and is then used to ensure there are enough schools within the area.
  • Residency and Workplace: This information is used to plan commuting routes and anticipate future transport needs. This includes major upgrades and planning for streets, bridges, car parking and cycling lanes. 
  • Population Age/Sex Breakdown: This information is used to assess recreation needs in communities across the province and improve the services offered to residents. This includes leisure facilities, libraries and parks. Census data are also important in planning services for visitors, such as providing more recreational facilities or activities, depending on the characteristics of the population. Census data also provides information needed to support seniors in living independently at home. 
  • Family/Household Sizes and Composition: This is needed for community planning to establish services needed such as household waste removal, fire hall locations, policing requirements, and emergency planning (centres for evacuation, etc). 
  • Income Levels: This is important to assist with community planning such as accessible housing.
  • Cultural/Ethnic Make Up: This information helps with service delivery and leisure programs such as library programs and culturally sensitive programming.
  • Education Levels and Employment Profiles: This is used to assist with economic development promotion. Census data on education levels is essential for investors to have a thorough understanding of the local workforce and whether or not it will meet the educational requirements of potential businesses. 

How your community benefits from the 2016 Census

Additional census information:

Government of Canada 2016 Census Website 
Frequently Asked Questions on the Census
The Census and Confidentiality
The Census and You
Census Information in Other Languages
Want to make sure you don’t forget to complete your census? Sign up for a reminder from Statistics Canada.

Statistics Canada Twitter Page
Statistics Canada Facebook Page

Media articles

Why the census matters
The Tragedy of Canada’s Census

Tools for urban municipalities to Amplify Our Voice

The following tools have been developed for local mayors, councils and administrators to use to amplify our voice and to help educate residents about the census, the importance of completing it, and how census data is used to plan for the future needs of our urban municipalities.

Letter to the editor

This Word document is provided for you to personalize with your municipality's information and send to your local newspaper(s). 
Letter to the Editor 

Poster/Leaflet 

This 8 ½ x 11 document is provided for you to print and post or distribute throughout your community.
Poster/Leaflet 

Social Media

Throughout the month of May, we encourage you to share and retweet our social media content. We’ve also included a list of suggested hashtags to ensure our messages spread as widely as possible.
SUMA on Facebook
SUMA on Twitter

Recommended Hashtags:
#2016Census
#YouCountSoBeCounted
#skmuni
#cdnmuni
#skpoli 

You can also share the following banners through your community’s own Facebook and/or Twitter accounts.
Facebook Banner
You Count so be Counted banner with SUMA Amplify Our Voice logo and icons for a firehall, bridge, water tap, and trees with a recycling bin
 

Twitter Banner
You Count so be Counted banner with SUMA Amplify Our Voice logo and icons for a firehall, bridge, water tap, and trees with a recycling bin

 

This page is dedicated to providing you with information on SUMA’s advocacy campaign during the 28th Provincial General Election. Here you will find information on the key issues we’ll be raising (in various forms), links to social media platforms, and recent articles relating to the issues we are championing. Please check back often, as this page will be updated throughout the course of the election campaign until after the election on Monday, April 4, 2016.

Campaign Overview 

For the 2016 Provincial Election Campaign, SUMA has identified two key issues that we will be discussing in a variety of forums throughout the campaign:

  1. Municipal Revenue Sharing (funding for operational expenses)
  2. Infrastructure Funding (funding for capital expenses)

We are calling on all provincial parties to present platforms that:

  • commit to a permanent municipal revenue sharing agreement; and
  • commit to a Made-in-Saskatchewan infrastructure program that is permanent, long-term, sustainable, and predictable.

Important Resources from SUMA

 


Backgrounders

These documents explain the key issues SUMA is highlighting in this campaign. Review these carefully to ensure you understand the issues. 
Municipal Issues Backgrounder
Municipal Issues Info Card

Letters to the Editor Templates

These Word documents are provided for you to personalize with your municipality's information and send to your local newspaper(s). We will be focusing our advocacy work on our two main issues for a week each, so your letters would be best sent so they publish in the weeks noted below.
Revenue sharing (week of March 14)
Infrastructure (week of March 21)

Letters to the Candidates Template

This Word document is another one for you to personalize on behalf of your municipality. When it is personalized, you can send a copy to each candidate in your riding.
Municipal issues letter to candidates

Questions for Political Debates

The following debate questions have been prepared for you to use at any local candidate debates in your community. There there are questions covering the issues outlined in the Municipal Issues Backgrounder, including some context. Feel free to personalize the questions with issues from your municipality.
Word version (personalizable)
PDF version (easy to download and print)

Platform Grid

This document is a quick-view guide to what the parties' platforms and announcements contain compared to the needs and fixes we've identified.
Platform Grid

President's Update

As the campaign progresses, members should watch their email for updates from SUMA President Debra Button.
February 4 President's Update (SUMA's Provincial Election Advocacy)
February 29 President's Update (Launching Phase Two)
April 7 President's Update (Campaign Wrap Up)

 

Amplify Our Voice

Throughout the election campaign, we encourage you to share and retweet our social media content. We’ve also included a list of suggested hashtags to ensure our messages spread as widely as possible — and especially to those who need to see them.

SUMA Social Media Platforms

Facebook
Twitter
 

Suggested Hashtags

#skvotes
#skpoli
#skmuni
#Infrastructure
#MunRevenueSharing
#QualityOfLife

 

In the News


February 2016

SUMA focus remains constant (Editorial in Yorkton This Week)

 

March 2016

SUMA calls for commitment to permanent revenue sharing and infrastructure funding (Media release)
SUMA calls on all parties to commit to permanent municipal revenue sharing (Media release)
SUMA challenges all parties for Saskatchewan solution (CBC Saskatoon article)
Sask. Party promises continued revenue sharing (Moose Jaw Times-Herald article)
Broten reacts to revenue sharing (Moose Jaw Times-Herald article)
SUMA calls for permanent Made-in-Saskatchewan infrastructure program (Media release)
SUMA has wish for whatever party wins April 4 Saskatchewan election (620 CKRM article)
What municipalities want (Leader-Post article)
 

 

Other Online Resources

Provincial party websites:
Green Party of Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Liberal Party
Saskatchewan's New Democrats
Saskatchewan Progressive Conservative Party
Saskatchewan Party

In 2012, SUMA and the City Mayors' Caucus launched a campaign called Partners in Building Our Saskatchewan. The campaign focused on thanking the provincial government for sharing one point – or 20 per cent – of the PST with local governments. 

Early in 2015, with the promise of revenue sharing in potential jeopardy, SUMA and our members began to rally around this message once again. The promise of the revenue sharing agreement was stable, long-term, predictable funding. As Partners in Building Our Saskatchewan, urban governments have supported the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth, and done their part. We continue to ask the provincial government to maintain the partnership by honouring the commitment to share one point of the PST with municipalities. 

The push began in earnest with a letter to Premier Wall from SUMA. Our members quickly emphasized their support for maintaining the program as it was originally designed: 99 members have sent a letter to the Premier saying so, as of February 10. 

This support was solidified at Convention 2015, when members unanimously passed the following resolution: 

Whereas the Premier chose  PST as the basis for revenue sharing, and made a commitment to honour the revenue sharing agreement as long as his party formed government in Saskatchewan; and

Whereas PST provides a fair and predictable base for revenue sharing, allowing municipalities to develop budgets in a timely fashion; and

Whereas the current revenue sharing arrangement reflects shared interests between municipalities and the Province, including policing, recreation, transit, and the environment; and

Whereas it is essential that the Province consult with SUMA prior to making any changes to the current revenue sharing regime;

Therefore be it resolved that the SUMA membership unanimously express its appreciation for the Government of Saskatchewan’s commitment to the current revenue sharing agreement, based on one point of the Provincial Sales Tax; and

Be it further resolved that SUMA call upon the Premier and his colleagues to continue their solemn promise to share one point of the Provincial Sales Tax revenues with the municipal sector, whatever the fiscal state we face in this province, for as long as they have the honour to form the government of this province. 
 

 

The message from SUMA and our members is clear: We are Partners in Building Our Saskatchewan, and partners don't work alone.

 

SUMA members who have added their voice in support of maintaining the revenue sharing agreement as it was originally designed:

  1. Abbey
  2. Aberdeen
  3. Abernathy
  4. Allan
  5. Arcola
  6. Assiniboia
  7. Battleford
  8. Beechy
  9. Bengough
  10. Bethune
  11. Bienfait
  12. Bredenbury
  13. Broadview
  14. Cabri
  15. Canora
  16. Canwood
  17. Carlyle
  18. Carnduff
  19. Churchbridge
  20. Creelman
  21. Delisle
  22. Earl Grey
  23. Edenwold
  24. Elbow
  25. Esterhazy
  26. Estevan
  27. Eyebrow
  28. Fox Valley
  29. Goodsoil
  30. Hague
  31. Hodgeville
  32. Humboldt
  33. Hyas
  34. Jansen
  35. Kamsack
  36. Kinistino
  37. Langham
  38. Lanigan
  39. Lashburn
  40. Leader
  41. Leoville
  42. LeRoy
  43. Lloydminster
  44. Loreburn
  45. Lumsden
  46. Luseland
  47. Macklin
  48. Manitou Beach
  49. Manor
  50. Maple Creek
  51. Martensville
  52. Meadow Lake
  53. Medstead
  54. Melfort
  55. Melville 
  56. Milestone
  57. Montmartre
  58. Moose Jaw
  59. Moosomin
  60. Naicam
  61. Neville
  62. North Battleford
  63. Osler
  64. Outlook
  65. Parkside
  66. Pilot Butte
  67. Plenty
  68. Preeceville
  69. Prince Albert
  70. Radville
  71. Raymore
  72. Regina
  73. Regina Beach
  74. Rocanville
  75. Saltcoats
  76. Saskatoon
  77. Sceptre
  78. Shields
  79. Sintaluta
  80. Smeaton
  81. Southey
  82. Spiritwood
  83. St. Louis
  84. Star City
  85. Strasbourg
  86. Strongfield
  87. Stoughton
  88. Swift Current
  89. Thode
  90. Togo
  91. Torquay
  92. Vanguard
  93. Warman
  94. Watson
  95. Wawota
  96. Weyburn
  97. Wynyard
  98. Yorkton
  99. Zenon Park

 

The provincial government spent the summer consulting with stakeholders to determine what the Saskatchewan priorities for growth should be.  SUMA sent a letter to the Premier and all of Cabinet detailing our Urban Growth Agenda - how to prioritize current and future action to support growth. 

The Urban Growth Agenda explains that SUMA supports the provincial government's priority on growth. The Agenda provides specific recommendations for provincial investment in urban Saskatchewan and articulates how SUMA is prepared to partner with the province on achieving this shared vision.

SUMA looks forward to partnering with the government to determine the specifics of the "Saskatchewan Plan for Growth." SUMA and our members will also be active partners in working toward long-term infrastructure funding. See more information on our response to the plan in this media release.

Here's a short video explaining why urban governments and the Government of Saskatchewan are Partners in Building Our Saskatchewan.

A 30-second version is also available on our YouTube page
You can also watch the campaign launch press conference here.
 

Check out the Coverage

August 20:
Saskatoon StarPhoenix
CTV Saskatoon (our story appears around the 1:50 mark)
NewsTalk
Prince Albert Daily Herald 

August 21:
Metro Saskatoon 
John Gormley Show
Blue Sky on CBC
iPolitics

August 22:
60 Seconds with John Gormley
Saskatoon StarPhoenix

August 23: 
Saskatoon StarPhoenix editorial
Lloydminster Source

August 25:
Regina Leader-Post (An unsolicited Letter to the Editor supporting additional funding for municipalities and infrastructure)

August 28:
Melfort Journal (Letter to the Editor from Doug Terry, Mayor of Melfort)

August 29:
Estevan Mercury (Letter to the Editor from Gary St. Onge, Mayor of Estevan and Director - Southeast Region for SUMA)
Lloydminster Meridian Booster (Letter to the Editor from Jeff Mulligan, Mayor of Lloydminister)
Melville Advance (Letter to the Editor from Walter Streelasky, Mayor of Melville)

August 30:
Lloydminster Source (Letter to the Editor from Jeff Mulligan, Mayor of Lloydminster)
Yorkton News Review (Letter to the Editor from Mayor Jim Scarrow, Chair of the City Mayors' Caucus)

August 31:
Discover Moose Jaw (From the Desk of the Mayor column)
Moose Jaw Times Herald (From the Desk of the Mayor column) 
Weyburn This Week (Letter to the Editor from Debra Button, Mayor of Weyburn)
Southwest Booster (Letter to the Editor from Norm Campbell, CEO of Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association)

September 4:
Lloydminster Source (Letter to the Editor from Norm Campbell, CEO of Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association)

September 5:
Leader-Post (Premier Wall says his government should remain open to additional funding for municipalities.)
Estevan Mercury (Letter to the Editor from Mayor Jim Scarrow, Chair of the City Mayor's Caucus)
Estevan Mercury  (Letter to the Editor from Norm Campbell, CEO of Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association) 

September 6:
CTV Morning Live - Regina
Humboldt Journal (Letter to the Editor from Malcolm Eaton, Mayor of Humboldt)

September 10:
Global Morning Show - Regina

September 11:
Southwest Booster (Letter to the Editor from Jerrod Schafer, Mayor of Swift Current)
 

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Check the Facebook page for the campaign to see what is happening with the campaign and in Saskatchewan cities.


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Investing In Infrastructure Graphic

This graph shows how the money urban governments and the Province spend on infrastructure flows back to each level of government. 

This infographic shows more on how the road to a stronger economy runs straight through our cities.

The Municipal Operating Grant (MOG) is a long-term, predictable and sustainable source of unconditional funding for operational work in Saskatchewan municipalities from the provincial government. This fact sheet gives some more details, including what the MOG may fund in cities, towns and villages.
This page is dedicated to providing you with information on SUMA’s advocacy campaign during the 42nd Federal Election. Here you will find information on the key issues we’ll be raising (in various forms), links to social media platforms, and recent articles relating to the issues we are championing. Please check back often, as this page will be updated throughout the course of the election campaign until Canadians go to the polls on October 19, 2015.
 

Campaign Overview

 
For the 2015 Federal Election Campaign, SUMA has identified four key themes that we will be discussing in a variety of forums throughout the campaign:
  1. Public safety
  2. Infrastructure
  3. Quality of life
  4. The mandatory long-form census
We are calling on all federal parties to present platforms that:
  • empower municipalities to ensure our communities are safe, affordable, provide a high standard of living, and attract investment and jobs; 
  • provide proper funding to build modern and climate-resistant infrastructure and ensure existing infrastructure meets national standards; 
  • increase access to affordable housing; and
  • allow municipalities to plan and monitor their changing communities and ensure they receive accurate per capita funding from other orders of government through the return of the long-form census.
As part of our advocacy efforts, we will also be working closely with our partners at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The FCM’s national campaign, Hometown Proud, will bring attention to common issues facing municipalities across the country. This campaign includes A Roadmap for a Strong Canada, which we encourage you to review.

 

Important Resources from SUMA

 

Backgrounders

These documents will explain the key messages and background of the issues SUMA is highlighting in this campaign. Review these carefully to ensure you understand the issues. Print versions of these are also being sent to member municipalities, with a copy of each for council members and one for administration. 
Municipal Issues Backgrounder
Municipal Issues Info Card
 

 

Letters to the Editor Templates

These Word documents are provided for you to personalize with your municipality's information and send to your local newspaper(s). We will be focussing our advocacy work on one issue per week, so send your letters in for the corresponding week below. 
Public Safety (week of September 14)
Infrastructure (week of September 21)
Quality of Life (week of September 28)
Mandatory Long-Form Census (week of October 5)
 

 

Letter to Candidates Template

This Word document is another one for you to personalize on behalf of your municipality. When it is personalized, you can send a copy to each candidate in your riding.
Municipal Issues
 

 

Questions for Political Debates

The following debate questions have been prepared for you to use at any local candidate debates in your community. There is one question for each of the issues outlined in the Municipal Issues Backgrounder, including some context. Feel free to personalize the questions with issues from your municipality.
Word version (personalizable)
PDF version (easy to download and print)
 

 

Platform Grid

This document is a quick-view guide to what the three major parties' platforms and announcements contain compared to the needs and fixes we've identified. 
Platform Grid
 

 

President's Update

As the campaign progresses, members should watch their email for updates from SUMA President Debra Button.
August 17 President's Update (Amplify Our Voice: SUMA working for our members during federal election campaign)
September 4 President's Update (Local Issues are Federal Issues: Kicking off SUMA's 2015 federal election advocacy campaign)
September 30 President's Update (Update on our Federal Election Advocacy)
October 20 President's Update (Wrapping Up the 2015 Federal Election Advocacy Campaign)


Other Online Resources

 

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)

Federal Election Advocacy Campaign: Hometown Proud 
Roadmap for a Stronger Canada 
Canada’s Cities. Canada’s Future
 
Municipal Information Network  
 
Canadian Construction Association Election Portal  
 
Vote Infrastructure (Association of Consulting Engineering Companies) 
 
Housing For All – The Canadian Housing & Renewal Association 
 
Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce  
 
Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) 
 

 

Amplify Your Voice

 
Throughout the election campaign, we encourage you to share and retweet our social media content, as well as that of the FCM. We’ve also included a list of suggested hashtags to get our messages spread as widely as possible — and to those who need to see them.
 

 

SUMA Social Media Platforms

Facebook  
Twitter
 

 

FCM Social Media Platforms

Facebook  
Twitter 
 

 

Suggested Hashtags

#Elxn42
#CDNmuni
#VoteInfrastructure 
 

 

In the News

 

August 2015

 
These are the issues Federal Party Leaders Should be Debating (FCM President, Raymond Louie)
Celine Cooper: Canadians need a national conversation on the state of our cities
 

 

September 2015


Cooper: Return to long-form census data
Reviving the census debate
Bring census back, says SUMA 
John Gormley Show (SUMA CEO, Laurent Mougeot, on the long-form census)
5 Questions for Federal Leaders on the Economy (FCM President, Raymond Louie)
Mayor looking for more federal talk on infrastructure (Moose Jaw Mayor, Deb Higgins)
SUMA Waiting for Affordable Housing Promise in Election Campaign (620 CRKM)
Mayor calls for a national disaster strategy (Melfort Mayor, Rick Lang)
New federal infrastructure program needed (Melfort Mayor, Rick Lang)
SUMA's election wish
 

 

October 2015


3 Easy Steps to Voting for Your Hometown in This Federal Election (FCM President, Raymont Louie)
Municipal Issues series (blog of Mayor of Kindersley, John Enns-Wind)
Atchison welcomes Trudeau government
Sask. cities eager for Liberals' infrastructure plan