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.
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.
Urban Update (August 8, 2016): Have Your Say: Marijuana Legalization and Regulation
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.
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.
Have a question on the issues we are raising? This document should answer it. If we missed something, please send your question to email@example.com 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 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.
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!
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.
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
This 8 ½ x 11 document is provided for you to print and post or distribute throughout your community. Poster/Leaflet
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
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.
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:
Municipal Revenue Sharing (funding for operational expenses)
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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
CTV Saskatoon (our story appears around the 1:50 mark)
Prince Albert Daily Herald
John Gormley Show
Blue Sky on CBC
60 Seconds with John Gormley
Saskatoon StarPhoenix editorial
Regina Leader-Post (An unsolicited Letter to the Editor supporting additional funding for municipalities and infrastructure)
Melfort Journal (Letter to the Editor from Doug Terry, Mayor of Melfort)
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)
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)
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)
Lloydminster Source (Letter to the Editor from Norm Campbell, CEO of Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association)
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)
CTV Morning Live - Regina
Humboldt Journal (Letter to the Editor from Malcolm Eaton, Mayor of Humboldt)
Global Morning Show - Regina
Southwest Booster (Letter to the Editor from Jerrod Schafer, Mayor of Swift Current)
Join the Conversation
Check the Facebook page for the campaign to see what is happening with the campaign and in Saskatchewan cities.
Find Out More
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.
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:
Quality of life
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
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
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)
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.
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.