Saskatchewan Hometowns Welcome Provincial Strategy on Climate Change

December 05, 2017

Saskatchewan hometowns, as represented by the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA), resolved earlier this year to lead on carbon reduction strategies. SUMA and our members welcome the Government of Saskatchewan’s strategy on climate change, released this week.

“At Convention 2017, our members clearly acknowledged the leadership role of Saskatchewan towns, cities, villages, and northern communities,” said SUMA President Gordon Barnhart. “SUMA members play a vital role in climate change adaptation, from resilient infrastructure to energy efficiency, and finding innovations to green our municipal operations.”

See more in our full release below.

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SUMA Calls on the Saskatchewan Government to Implement Cannabis Legalization Strategy

October 31, 2017

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is calling on the provincial government to begin consulting on a cannabis legalization strategy, and provide a legislative framework for Saskatchewan hometowns to build on.

Our hometowns will be on the front lines of controlling cannabis production, sales, and consumption in Saskatchewan.

“Municipalities have to worry about where they will allow cannabis producers and retailers to set up shop, and how we will enforce bylaws on buildings, production, and consumption,” said SUMA President, Gordon Barnhart. “We can’t even begin some of that work until we know what kind of regulatory system the province will put in place.”

Read more in our full media release.

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SUMA Welcoming New CEO

October 02, 2017

Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) President Gordon Barnhart announced today that Jean-Marc Nadeau has been named SUMA’s new Chief Executive Officer.

“Jean-Marc is bringing a strong background of leadership and excellence to SUMA,” said President Barnhart. “His experience in policing, municipal administration, and strategic planning are sure to be assets for us, and the SUMA Board and staff look forward to working with Jean-Marc.”

Naudeau has more than 20 years’ experience with the RCMP across five provinces, and has been the city manager for Portage La Prairie, Manitoba since 2012.

“I’m very excited by the opportunity to work with President Barnhart, the rest of the SUMA Board of Directors, and the dedicated staff at SUMA,” said Nadeau. “I look forward to joining the SUMA team and getting out there to meet the members of the Association, listen to their challenges, and learn about their best practices.”  

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Training Partnership to Build Capacity in Saskatchewan Communities

September 19, 2017

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) and Southeast College are pleased to be partnering to offer Municipal Management Essentials (MME). This management training program is targeted to meet the needs of employees and elected officials in Saskatchewan hometowns.

The workshops include topics such as time management, organizational skills, communicating effectively, conflict management, safety planning and general leadership skills. Workshops are offered in conjunction with SUMA conventions and around the province to ensure as many SUMA members as possible can take in this opportunity.

Read more in our media release below.

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SUMA and MCoS Encourage Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Through Toolkit

August 28, 2017

The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) and the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) are encouraging Saskatchewan hometowns to commit to the Welcoming and Inclusive Communities (WIC) | #WelcomeHome150 initiative. To support the initiative, the two organizations are drawing attention to a toolkit designed specifically for Saskatchewan communities.

“Our hometowns are where the people of Saskatchewan come together — to live, work, and play,” said SUMA President Gordon Barnhart. “These hubs of activity are where various groups and types of people can build connections, making their communities stronger and more vibrant. This toolkit helps our hometowns facilitate those connections, making our hometowns beacons of welcome and inclusivity — SUMA encourages all our members to make the most of this resource.”

See more in our full media release

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Mayors Summer School with SUMA

August 21, 2017

Mayors and deputy mayors from more than 40 Saskatchewan hometowns are spending August 20–22 on the University of Regina campus filling their tool kit with new skills, knowledge, and confidence as they build networks with their peers around the province. The one-of-a-kind experience is put on by the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) as part of our core function to build capacity for members. This is the third Mayors Summer School, but the first one since last fall’s municipal elections.

Read more in the full media release below.

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SUMA Reacts to Premier Wall’s Retirement Announcement

August 10, 2017

In response today’s announcement that Premier Brad Wall will retire from Saskatchewan politics, the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) thanks him for his years of service, and looks forward to continued work with the provincial government.

“As a non-partisan organization, SUMA has had the pleasure of working with many premiers since our inception more than a century ago,” said SUMA President Gordon Barnhart. “We appreciate Premier Wall’s engagement with our organization during his time in Saskatchewan politics. SUMA will continue to work on behalf of Saskatchewan’s hometowns with his successor and all those who follow.”

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SUMA and SARM Respond to Bank and Credit Union Closures in Saskatchewan

July 14, 2017

The spate of recent bank and credit union closures in hometowns across Saskatchewan is raising concern for both the associations representing municipalities in the province. The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) and the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) want to ensure residents have access to banking close to home.

“SUMA believes in the importance of access to financial services for local governments, businesses, and residents in Saskatchewan’s hometowns,” said SUMA President Gordon Barnhart. “While we understand the financial industry needs to adjust to a changing landscape and an increase in online banking, we are concerned about these closures.”

Businesses owners and residents of rural and small-town Saskatchewan rely on convenient access to banking. The loss of banks and credit unions affects their ability to conduct business, and is compounded by the potential to lose business when locals are travelling to another community to do their banking. Farmers and ranchers rely on closer contact with loan officers within their local bank.

“SARM too understands the importance of financial services for local business and residents in rural Saskatchewan,” stressed Ray Orb, President of SARM. “Although we understand the trend toward online and mobile banking, rural broadband connectivity and reliability continues to be an issue for rural Saskatchewan, and the closure of rural banks across the province is cause for concern.”

At minimum, SUMA hopes these financial institutions will consider providing the full suite of services available at the counter through ATMs. This would allow everyday banking to continue in Saskatchewan’s hometowns, and provide access to more residents, businesses, and local governments.

Both associations recognize the important role the bank and credit union plays in rural and small-town Saskatchewan, and hope RBC, TD, CIBC and Credit Unions will reconsider their decision. They welcome the opportunity to discuss solutions for residents, business owners, and local governments across our province.

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SUMA CEO Retiring This Fall

June 26, 2017

Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) President Gordon Barnhart announced today that Laurent Mougeot is stepping down after 12 years as SUMA’s Chief Executive Officer.

Mougeot’s last day will be September 22, 2017. A search for SUMA’s new CEO will start in the coming weeks.

“Laurent has been a strong leader on the local government scene,” said Barnhart. “He has been an invaluable advisor and a good friend to many in the municipal world — in Canada and abroad. A true career civil servant, Laurent has worked with northern communities, rural municipalities, and the entire urban sector. I expect that he will continue to make a significant contribution to local governance in whatever role he decides to take on in the future. Our Board and staff will miss his wise counsel and his sense of humour.”

Mougeot said he plans to take some time off and travel before considering new opportunities.

“Forty years goes by quickly when one enjoys work as much as I did. I have met and worked with so many great people and developed strong friendships.” Mougeot said. “SUMA and our member municipalities play a key role in defining our quality of life. Every day we all access at least half a dozen of municipal services without ever thinking about the complexity of our municipal operations. Local governments matter a lot in our lives!”

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Local Government Summit

June 01, 2017

The second edition of the Local Government Summit was held today in Ottawa, in advance of a conference for provincial and territorial ministers of municipal affairs scheduled for July in Regina. Saskatchewan municipal association presidents Ray Orb (Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities) and Gordon Barnhart (Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association) co-chaired the summit of municipal association presidents from Canadian provinces and territories.

President Barnhart, co-chair of this year’s summit stated: “It was great to meet my colleagues from across Canada and listen to their challenges. Even in a large country like ours, our communities are very much facing similar fiscal pressures. This second edition of the summit was a success and paves the way for a bright future to meet the expectations of our residents.”

The summit reaffirmed three fundamental principles to build a new relationship between provincial and municipal governments.

First, recognizing the role of local governments is essential. Several Canadian provinces are moving in this direction. Quebec’s Bill 122 and New Brunswick Bill 44 are the most recent example of progressive legislation in this regard.

Second, it is important to continue to strengthen the partnership between the two orders of government. This relationship must be based on an ongoing dialogue on the issues and increasing municipal autonomy and responsibilities.

Third, the rapidly evolving role and responsibilities of today's municipalities require an in-depth review of their revenue sources. Currently available revenue sources are no longer appropriate for Canadian municipalities.

Presidents of provincial associations concluded the meeting with a commitment to continue these annual meetings and the ongoing dialogue on our common issues. They also agreed to undertake further work on the various sources of income of municipalities across the country to find the best tools for community development.

Towns and Villages Gather at SUMA Sector Meeting

May 25, 2017

More than 100 representatives from Saskatchewan towns and villages are meeting in Saskatoon today for the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) annual stand-alone sector meeting.

“This is a great chance for our members to discuss common concerns and solutions,” said Vice-President of Towns Rodger Hayward. “It’s the third year we’ve held a meeting like this outside our annual convention, because the response has continued to be so positive. Hometowns are where innovation happens — necessity is the mother of innovation after all — and SUMA is happy to facilitate these important discussions.”

“SUMA’s smaller members have a lot of knowledge to share,” agreed Vice-President of Villages, Resort Villages, and Northern Municipalities Mike Strachan. “These meetings are where we get to work together, sharing what works and finding new solutions. Everyone wins when we work together.”

Along with time to discuss shared issues and solutions, attendees will hear from Government Relations Minister Donna Harpauer and see a presentation on solid waste management, delivered by staff from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment.

“I know I speak for my co-host Mayor Strachan when I say it’s a pleasure to host an event like this,” said Hayward. “We are especially happy to have Minister Harpauer joining us. SUMA and our members always appreciate the chance to hear from our counterparts in the provincial government.”

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SUMA Renews Call for Meaningful Consultation as Bill 64 Becomes Law

May 12, 2017

Today, the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) renewed its call for meaningful consultation with the provincial government, following the passage of Bill 64, An Act to amend The Power Corporation Act and The SaskEnergy Act.

With the proclamation of Bill 64 today, the provincial government has taken $33 million in annual funding from 109 Saskatchewan hometowns, beginning in the 2017-18 fiscal year.

This has been a difficult time for hometowns. They’ve been put in a very tight spot and have to make tough decisions: hike property taxes, cut services or staff, or even defer vital infrastructure projects.

SUMA is thankful that the provincial government removed Section 6 from the bill in committee – the contentious section that would have denied local governments the ability to defend legal agreements, or be compensated for this loss of revenue.  We are currently in the process of consulting with legal counsel to reassess our options on this matter.

SUMA believes the provincial government’s lack of consultation on this decision affecting our hometowns simply did not work. The provincial government has promised to re-engage with us on the future of libraries, and we need a return to an open dialogue between both levels of government on municipal financing, from the ability for hometowns to generate own-source revenue to the future of municipal revenue sharing.

SUMA has more than 440 members across the province, in every provincial constituency. These hometowns are the engines of economic growth, vital to the future of Saskatchewan. We must be at the table to discuss the issues facing our cities, towns, villages, resort villages, and northern municipalities.

We look forward to participating in meaningful consultation on library funding, and on all other aspects of the provincial budget and operations that affect our members.

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Province’s Bill 64 Strips Hometowns of Revenues and Rights

April 24, 2017

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) voiced its objections again today against Bill 64, An Act to amend The Power Corporation Act and The SaskEnergy Act.

“Bill 64 strips 109 hometowns of payments in lieu they are legally entitled to, and gives the provincial government the power to redirect these royalties to the general revenue fund,” said SUMA Vice-President of Cities, Bob Maloney. “Even worse, the bill strips hometowns of their legal right to defend those agreements before the courts or be compensated for their loss.”

Responding to comments last week from Government Relations Minister Donna Harpauer, SUMA Vice-President of Towns Rodger Hayward said “She asks if it’s reasonable for two orders of government to spend money to fight it out in court. We ask if it’s reasonable to pass legislation that denies local governments the ability to defend legal agreements — or be compensated for this loss of revenue.”

These agreements covered capital investments and they included a guarantee that the municipality would forever get royalties on future sales of power. 

Read more in the full release below.

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SUMA Calls for Meaningful Consultation as Hometowns Reopen Budgets

April 10, 2017

The Executive Committee from the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association showcased a united front today, as they continued to push the provincial government to engage in meaningful consultation with the province’s more than 440 hometowns left reeling by the significant cuts and downloading delivered in the provincial budget.

In addition to stripping $36 million of payments in lieu from 109 hometowns, the provincial budget shuttered the Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC), suspended the Community Rink Affordability Grant, further reduced funding to urban parks, suspended the Main Street Saskatchewan Program, further cut funding to the Urban Highway Connector Program — which also funds the Town Urban Highway Program — and slashed funding to libraries.

“We were hopeful the meeting with four cabinet ministers on March 29 was a first step in meaningful consultation and further discussion with the provincial government,” said SUMA Vice-President of Villages, Resort Villages and Northern Municipalities Mike Strachan. “But less than two days later, before we could bring forward any suggestions, Minister Harpauer issued a press release. The decision to cap the payments in lieu cuts — but only for nine out of 109 hometowns and only at 30 per cent of their revenue sharing amount — came out of nowhere for us.”

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Provincial Government Punishing Hometowns

March 28, 2017

Saskatchewan hometowns are reeling this week as the reality of the provincial budget continues to sink in. The 2017 provincial budget stripped $36 million of payments in lieu from Saskatchewan’s urban municipalities — a move that the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is calling on the provincial government to reverse.

“We expected last week’s provincial budget to be tough, but nothing prepared us for the crisis some of our members now face,” SUMA President Gordon Barnhart said. “The province has eliminated $36 million in funding from more than 100 hometowns without consultation after most municipalities’ budgets have already been finalized. Many councils will need to hike property taxes to stay in the black.”

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SUMA Relieved “Solemn Promise” of Revenue Sharing Maintained, Disappointed by Continued Downloading

March 22, 2017

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) was relieved that today’s provincial budget maintains what Premier Brad Wall has called the “solemn promise” of the municipal revenue sharing program, but remains concerned about the many small ways Saskatchewan’s hometowns are forced to bear the burden through provincial downloading.

“Our cities, towns, villages, and northern communities are no strangers to making tough choices when it comes to their budgets,” said SUMA President Gordon Barnhart. “SUMA members balance providing programs and services that are vital to quality of life in this province, with limited ways to generate revenue and being unable to run operating deficits at all, let alone for several years.”

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Conference Board of Canada Report on Sustainable Public Policies

March 06, 2017

The Conference Board of Canada recently completed a report entitled “Reinventing the West: Sustainable public policies and fiscal regimes for the 21st century.” The report, commissioned by the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) examines recent demographic and economic trends in Saskatchewan, and takes a close look at the fiscal framework between the province and municipalities, all under the umbrella of the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth.

Up to date with the 2016 Census population data, the report reveals that, for the most part, new jobs, economic diversification, and population growth occurred within Saskatchewan’s urban municipalities. “Most of the province’s population growth is occurring in its urban centres: 77 per cent of the province’s population now lives in a city, town, village, or resort village,” says Henry Diaz, Economist for the Centre for Municipal Studies at The Conference Board of Canada. “These demographic shifts are tied to fundamental changes in the composition of the province’s economy, as urbanization goes hand-in-hand with the move towards services.”  

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SUMA Convention 2017 Wraps Up

February 08, 2017

More than 1,000 delegates from towns, villages, cities, and northern municipalities across Saskatchewan are heading home after a whirlwind four days at SUMA’s 112th Annual Convention. This was the first SUMA convention since the 2016 municipal elections, and there were many highlights.

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SUMA Elects New President

February 06, 2017

Today, Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) delegates elected Saltcoats Town Councillor Gordon Barnhart as their newest president on the second day of SUMA Convention 2017.

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Media Advisory: SUMA Convention 2017

February 01, 2017

February 5 – 8 nearly 1,000 representatives from Saskatchewan’s cities, towns, villages, and northern municipalities will gather in Saskatoon for the 112th Annual Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) Convention.
 
The annual convention gives SUMA members the chance to network with colleagues from around the province and discuss issues affecting their communities. They also have the chance to hear from the Premier and his Cabinet, and ask them questions directly. This year, delegates will decide who they want to lead the Association for the next four years, with the election of the SUMA President and sector Vice-Presidents.

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Media Representatives Invited to SUMA Convention 2017

January 18, 2017

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) invites all members of the media to attend the 112th Annual SUMA Convention, Shaping an Urban Saskatchewan, February 5 – 8, 2017 at TCU Place in Saskatoon.

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SUMA Pleased to See Further Investment in Infrastructure

November 02, 2016

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is pleased to see the Government of Canada expanding their investment in infrastructure as announced yesterday in the fall fiscal update.

Documents released show the government allocating an additional $81 billion over the next 11 years towards public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation projects, and importantly a new $2 billion fund to help rural and northern communities. Many SUMA members are considered rural in the federal context, so this funding will help our members with their infrastructure commitments.

Municipal infrastructure is vital to the day-to-day life of everyone in Saskatchewan’s cities, towns, villages, and northern municipalities. Local governments own and maintain nearly two-thirds of the country’s infrastructure and yesterday’s announcement by the federal government shows their commitment and recognition of the value of investing in municipal infrastructure. SUMA looks forward to further details on when and how this money flows from the federal government to our members. 

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SUMA Appreciates Municipal Funding Programs in 2016-17 Budget

June 01, 2016

Urban governments in Saskatchewan appreciate the provincial government’s support for our cities, towns, villages, and northern communities in today’s budget, says the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA).

“Urban municipalities understand the difficulties that come with preparing a budget with limited resources,” said SUMA President Debra Button. “We appreciate the recognition of municipalities today, through direct funding such as revenue sharing and shared funding such as the New Building Canada Fund.”

With the revenue sharing remaining as one point of the PST based on revenues from two years ago, municipalities will see $271 million, and funding remains steady for items such as policing, libraries, community rinks, the Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency, and the Urban Highway Connector Program.

“This funding from the provincial government allows our cities, towns, villages, and northern municipalities to make the most of our property taxes,” says Button. “It’s a relief to know that as engines of economic growth, we can focus on putting that money into the services and infrastructure our communities need and our residents expect.”

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City Mayors Meet with Minister Sohi, Talk Common Issues

May 26, 2016

Saskatchewan’s city mayors and managers are meeting in Meadow Lake to discuss common issues and meet with Minister Amarjeet Sohi, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

The minister met with the group last night, with the conversation focused on infrastructure funding — the New Building Canada Fund — and the new funding for transit and clean water and wastewater.

“It was a productive conversation between two orders of government,” said Mayor Malcolm Eaton, chair of the City Mayors’ Caucus. “It was a pleasure to meet the minister, and everyone was grateful that he took the time and energy to travel to Meadow Lake to meet with us.”

Along with infrastructure, the group is discussing provincial funding levels for highways that run through cities, the potential impact of aquatic invasive species, such as zebra mussels, and the rates paid to fire departments by SGI for attending motor vehicle collisions.

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SUMA Reminds Saskatchewan Residents to Complete Long-Form Census

May 06, 2016

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.

As of this week, Statistics Canada is sending out census letters and packages to all Canadian households. This is the first long-form census to take place in a decade. The long-form census was reinstated last fall by the newly elected federal government following its cancellation in 2010.

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SUMA calls for permanent Made-In-Saskatchewan infrastructure program

March 24, 2016

During the 2016 provincial election, the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) calls on all provincial parties to commit to a Made-In-Saskatchewan program that is permanent, long-term, sustainable, and predictable.

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SUMA Applauds Federal Investment in Infrastructure

March 22, 2016

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) applauds the Government of Canada for the infrastructure investments announced today in the federal budget. 

“Municipal infrastructure is vital to the day-to-day life of everyone in Saskatchewan’s cities, towns, villages, and northern municipalities,” said SUMA President, Debra Button. “Today, the federal government showed us they recognize the value of investing in municipal infrastructure, and SUMA is pleased — as I suspect our members are as well.”
Documents released this afternoon show money flowing to municipalities through an acceleration on the $9 billion available through the Provincial and Territorial Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund, and an additional $11.9 billion for infrastructure over the next five years. That $11.9 billion will be split roughly as follows:

  • $3.4 billion for transit;
  • $5 billion for water, wastewater, and green infrastructure; and
  • $3.4 billion for social infrastructure, such as affordable housing and recreation. 

The budget shows the government plans to cover up to half the cost of public transit projects and work on water and wastewater systems like pipes and treatment plants. This shift seems to recognize the imbalance between who owns and maintains infrastructure and their ability to pay for it. Municipalities own nearly two-thirds of the country’s infrastructure, yet only collect about eight cents of every tax dollar. 

Another $250 million will set up funds to be distributed through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), with $125 going to innovative green projects over two years, $75 million to climate change projects, and $50 million for asset management projects.

“This government has listened to municipalities,” said Button. “We’ve already seen SUMA’s efforts during the federal election this summer pay off with the return of the mandatory long-form census and work toward an inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women. Today’s announcements on infrastructure are a relief for Saskatchewan’s urban municipalities. However, we still need to see further details on these promises to ensure the dollars are accessible to all municipalities, and quickly. We simply can’t afford to miss another construction season.”

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SUMA calls on all parties to commit to permanent municipal revenue sharing

March 18, 2016

During the 2016 provincial election, the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is calling on all political parties to commit to a permanent municipal revenue sharing agreement.

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SUMA calls for commitment to permanent revenue sharing and infrastructure funding

March 07, 2016

During the 2016 provincial election, the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is calling on all political parties to commit to a permanent municipal revenue sharing agreement, and a Made-in-Saskatchewan infrastructure program that is permanent, long-term, sustainable, and predictable.

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Media Representatives Invited to SUMA Convention 2016

January 06, 2016

Regina – The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) invites all members of the media to attend the 111th Annual SUMA Convention, Adapt. Inspire. Motivate. What’s Your Aim? January 31 to February 3, 2016 at the Queensbury Convention

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SUMA Welcomes Return of Mandatory Long-Form Census

November 05, 2015

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) applauds the federal government for today’s announcement on the reinstatement of the mandatory long-form census. This was a major point in SUMA’s advocacy work during the federal election campaign.

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SUMA calls for reinstatement of mandatory long-form census

October 09, 2015

During the 2015 federal election, the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is calling for the reinstatement of the mandatory long-form census.

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New Building Canada Fund is inadequate and hinders growth: SUMA

September 24, 2015

During the 2015 federal election, the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is once again calling for a permanent, long-term, sustainable, and predictable infrastructure program that increases the overall amount of funding available for municipal infrastructure projects.
 

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Western Canadian Municipal Associations Meet in Regina

April 24, 2015

Today, representatives from municipal associations in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba met in Regina to discuss issues of common interest. The associations represent urban and rural municipalities across the Prairie provinces

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SUMA Thanks the Government for Honouring their Commitment

March 18, 2015

From our smallest villages to our big cities, urban municipalities across Saskatchewan applaud today’s announcement that the provincial government will honour their promise to share one point of the PST with municipalities. The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) welcomes this announcement, after months of uncertainty for our hundreds of member municipalities.

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SUMA Convention 2015 a Busy Four Days

February 10, 2015

Hundreds of delegates from towns, villages, cities, and northern municipalities across Saskatchewan gathered last week in Saskatoon for a whirlwind of excitement at SUMA’s 110th Annual Convention. Along with a rousing President’s Address from President Debra Button, there were many highlights.

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New Partnership Agreement to Benefit Older Adults and Urban Governments

December 10, 2014

Today, the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) and the Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism (SSM) announced a partnership agreement that will aim to improve public policy related to older adults and local governments. 

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SUMA Board Members Running for FCM Board

May 30, 2014

Beginning tomorrow, representatives from municipalities across Canada will gather in Niagara Falls, Ontario for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Annual Conference and Tradeshow. Four members of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) Board of Directors will be running for positions with FCM.

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Saskatchewan City Mayors Talk Infrastructure, Rail Safety, and More

May 08, 2014

Issues facing Saskatchewan cities are on the table as the mayors from Saskatchewan’s 16 cities meet in Lloydminster. They are discussing public safety, infrastructure, regional planning, and other issues affecting the city sector. The group saw presentations from Canada Post, and the Railway Association of Canada. They are meeting this afternoon with Saskatchewan Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter and on Friday morning with federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

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SUMA Pleased With Investment in Urban Governments

March 20, 2014

Urban governments in Saskatchewan are pleased with the provincial government’s continued support for our cities, towns and villages in their efforts to help our province grow.  
 
“Saskatchewan’s villages, towns and cities are experiencing unprecedented growth,” said Mayor Debra Button, SUMA President. “Urban governments across the province are on the frontline, providing the services and infrastructure we need to attract business and new residents. The government’s investment in our communities will go a long way to helping us meet the demands of growth.”

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SUMA Urges Federal Government Action on Building Canada Fund

February 18, 2014

The 2014 federal budget is missing important details to support our cities, towns and villages in their efforts to help our province grow despite promises of action.

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Urban Governments Demand Release of Building Canada Fund Information

February 18, 2014

Delegates at the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) convention this afternoon passed a resolution that the Government of Canada immediately release the program design and details of the renewed Building Canada Fund.

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Media Advisory - 109th Annual SUMA Convention

February 18, 2014

February 2 – 5 in Regina, more than 1,000 representatives from Saskatchewan’s cities, towns and villages will gather for the 109th Annual Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) Convention.

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SUMA Welcomes New Railway Safety Measures

November 20, 2013

Saskatchewan’s cities, towns and villages applaud this morning’s announcement of a new requirement for railways to share information with municipal first responders and emergency planners. The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) has been working with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to develop recommendations for the federal government to improve rail safety through tighter regulations, improved enforcement, and better information sharing. 

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City Mayors Support Provincial Athletics Commission

November 05, 2013

The City Mayors’ Caucus, a body of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA), is happy the provincial government is introducing legislation to create a provincial athletics commission. In 2010, the caucus began asking the province to consider a commission to regulate combative sports in Saskatchewan to ensure the sports could happen in a safe and regulated environment.

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Saskatchewan City Mayors Come Together to Talk Top Issues

November 01, 2013

The mayors from Saskatchewan’s 16 cities are meeting in Regina today to discuss the top issues facing Saskatchewan cities, including infrastructure, recycling, housing, regional collaboration and planning, and property assessment. Caucus also heard presentations from the Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency (SAMA) and the Saskatchewan Municipal Board (SMB) on issues involving the city sector.

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Urban Governments Vital to Infrastructure Progress

October 23, 2013

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is relieved to hear in today’s Throne Speech that the provincial government will make money available to match funds from the federal government and municipalities to fund infrastructure. 

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SUMA and SARM Discuss Provincial Growth

October 17, 2013

One day past the anniversary of the release of the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth by Premier Wall, leaders from the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) and the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) met this morning. The two associations discussed their shared roles and responsibilities in encouraging local governments to work together as Saskatchewan experiences unprecedented growth.

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Urban Governments and Police Working Together for Safer Communities

September 24, 2013

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) invites media to attend the opening of SUMA’s Municipal Policing Forum at 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, at the Ramada Hotel in Regina. SUMA President Mayor Debra Button will welcome delegates, followed by lunch, including the keynote from the Honourable Christine Tell, Minister of Corrections and Policing.  

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SUMA Continuing the Legacy as Communities of Tomorrow Winds Down

June 26, 2013

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) will honour the commitment of Communities of Tomorrow (CT) by co-ordinating a $200,000 fund to support innovation in municipal infrastructure, and housing a variety of important documents created by CT. Communities of Tomorrow, the public-private partnership focused on advancing municipal innovation, is winding down at the end of this month.

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SUMA Applauds Investment in Urban Governments

March 20, 2013

Urban governments in Saskatchewan are pleased with the provincial government’s continued support for our cities, towns and villages in their efforts to help our province grow.

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Revenue Sharing Totals Increase for Urban Governments

March 18, 2013

There will be another boost to revenue sharing for Saskatchewan’s urban governments, thanks to the province’s growing economy.

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SUMA Excited for the Next Step Toward Recycling Program

February 11, 2013

The Ministry of Environment announced today that the Multi-Material Recycling Program (MMRP) regulations were approved last week. Urban governments have been waiting for this since 2005, when the MMRP was first advocated by SUMA. For the last eight years, SUMA worked with industry, the ministry and other stakeholders to develop the draft regulations.

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SUMA Elects New Executive

February 07, 2013

Delegates at the 108th Annual SUMA Convention in Saskatoon this week elected a new Executive Committee. The President, Vice-President Cities, Vice-President Towns, Vice-President Villages, Resort Villages and Northern Municipalities and a representative from either Regina or Saskatoon City Council make up the Executive. The President and the three Vice-Presidents will serve a four-year term on the Board of Directors. The Saskatoon/Regina executive member’s term will expire at the 2015 convention.

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SUMA Elects First Female President

February 07, 2013

Today, delegates for the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) elected the Association’s first female president, City of Weyburn Mayor Debra Button. Mayor Button is serving her third term as mayor of the City of Weyburn. She is heavily involved with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), as a board member and vice-chair inter-relations for FCM.

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Half a Million Dollars for Urban Municipalities

February 07, 2013

SUMAssure, Saskatchewan’s first homegrown insurance reciprocal, will issue $500,000 to more than 150 urban municipalities across the province on Sunday, February 3 – the first day of the annual convention for the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA). The money is a return of contributed surplus, a sign of great success in just a few years.

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Partnership Agreement Will Advance Innovation in Municipal Infrastructure

January 17, 2013

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) and Communities of Tomorrow have signed a partnership agreement, paving the way for closer collaboration and co-operation between the two organizations.

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SUMA Announces Recipients of Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

December 11, 2012

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) will be distributing 12 Diamond Jubilee medals this Friday, recognizing elected officials and civil servants for their contributions to their community and to the Province. SUMA had the opportunity to nominate 12 individuals for the medal through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

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A New City, New Councils, the New Saskatchewan

October 29, 2012

It’s great week in urban Saskatchewan. Today, citizens of Saskatchewan exercise their democratic rights by voting. The excitement continues tomorrow, as Warman officially becomes a city and the legislature reconvenes.

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Building our Saskatchewan: SUMA Looks Forward to Partnerships Fostering Growth

October 16, 2012

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is pleased by the partnership opportunities available in today’s release of the “Saskatchewan Plan for Growth.” 

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SUMA Announces Recipients of Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

September 28, 2012

Six Saskatchewan residents will be recognized for their contributions to their community through a Diamond Jubilee medal after receiving a nomination from the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA).
Association (SUMA).

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Partners in Building Our Saskatchewan Campaign Kicks Off

September 28, 2012

Saskatchewan is growing as never before. Economic growth has helped our province and we will build on that growth thanks to a strong relationship between urban governments and the Province. Saskatchewan is growing as never before. Economic growth has helped our province and we will build on that growth thanks to a strong relationship between urban governments and the Province.

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SUMA looks forward to working with new cabinet

May 25, 2012

"Today’s cabinet shuffle represents an opportunity for SUMA to work with a new group of ministers on priorities that are important to urban governments,” said SUMA President Allan Earle.  

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Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association and Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association Anno

May 25, 2012

Today, the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) and the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) announced a partnership agreement that will strive to improve the knowledge of recreation, leisure and park policies in Saskatchewan. This collaborative relationship between SPRA and SUMA offers an operational framework that will advance both individual and common goals while fostering greater public awareness of urban government roles in building healthy communities through recreation and park networks.


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Growing Urban Population Requires Infrastructure Investment

February 08, 2012

The release of the 2011 Federal Census population figures today confirms that Saskatchewan’s urban centres are experiencing an increase in population. Newly released figures indicate that approximately 82% of Saskatchewan residents are living in our cities, towns, villages and resort villages, and 57% of the total population lives in cities. One of the fastest growth rates within a CMA in the country is occurring within Martensville, which has a growth rate of 55.5%.

"Urban governments provide for critical needs such as roads, recreation facilities, water and waste water delivery needed to sustain these populations," said Mayor Jim Scarrow, SUMA’s Vice-President of Cities. "With this population growth, further investment in urban infrastructure is needed by the other orders of government to ensure a sustainable future for these communities."

At the recent SUMA Convention in Regina, delegates called upon the Government of Saskatchewan to implement an interim infrastructure program to address the infrastructure demands urban governments are facing. "Our cities, towns and villages are on the front line attempting to renew current infrastructure and build new to address the growing population in this province", said Mayor Scarrow, "SUMA is working with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and other partners to develop a long-term, sustainable municipal infrastructure program." We must accelerate our efforts to create a made-in Saskatchewan solution that will repair, replace existing facilities and fund new roads, parks and essential services in response to rising urban populations. The reality is aging infrastructure is a barrier to future growth in this province, and so investing in urban infrastructure is crucial to the economy of this province."

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SUMA 107th Annual Convention

January 25, 2012

Over 1,000 representatives from Saskatchewan’s cities, towns and villages will gather in Regina at the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association’s (SUMA) 107th Annual Convention, taking place January 29 to .  
 
SUMA is the voice of urban Saskatchewan, with over 450 member urban governments, representing 82% of the population. The annual convention provides SUMA members with opportunities to network with colleagues from around the province and engage in discussion on matters affecting their communities.
 
The theme for this year’s convention Urban Matters: A Growing Agenda is a reflection of the increasing role that urban governments play in growing Saskatchewan and the many complex issues they face.
 
Sports legend Michael “Pinball” Clemons is the Convention’s keynote speaker. Mr. Clemons will give a high-energy presentation about his experiences, teamwork, and what it means to be involved in a community.
 
All events will take place at the Queensbury Convention Centre (Salon ABC), Evraz Place, 1700 Elphinstone Street, Regina, Saskatchewan.
 
Key Events:
 
Monday, January 30
Official Opening Ceremonies                                                 8:45 a.m. to 9:05 a.m.
President’s Address                                                                9:05 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Keynote Address by Michael “Pinball” Clemons                    9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Premier’s Address                                                                  11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Minister of Municipal Affairs Address                                     1:00 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.
 
Tuesday, January 31
Resolutions Plenary                                                                2:25 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
Wednesday, February 1
Bear Pit with Provincial Cabinet                                             10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
 
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For additional information please contact:
Sean McEachern, Senior Policy Advisor
Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association
Work: 306-525-4394
Cell: 306-581-4591
E-mail: smceachern@suma.org

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Convention 2012 Media Accreditation Release

January 18, 2012

 

For Immediate Release
MEDIA ACCREDITATION: SUMA 107th Annual Convention
Regina – The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) welcomes all members of the media to attend the 107th Annual SUMA Convention - Urban Matters: A Growing Agenda January 29 – at the Queensbury Convention Centre in Regina.
For the first time, SUMA is implementing a media accreditation process. We are asking all media outlets planning to attend convention to complete the attached Media Accreditation Form and return it to SUMA by Wednesday, . Upon your arrival at convention accredited media will receive an observer tag and media kit.
The intent of the media accreditation is to provide SUMA a better understanding of the needs of the media that attends convention, and also to share information with you in a more efficient manner. In addition, SUMA also wants to create an environment where delegates feel comfortable interacting with the media by knowing the outlets attending convention.
Any questions regarding this process can be directed to Sean McEachern, Senior Policy Advisor via e-mail at smceachern@suma.org or by phone at (306) 525-4394.

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Saskatchewan Municipal Awards Seeks Municipal Excellence Nominations

December 07, 2011

Nominations are now being accepted for the sixth annual Saskatchewan Municipal Awards (SMA) Program.

Established in 2006, the SMA celebrates notable and groundbreaking projects Saskatchewan’s municipal governments are implementing, which demonstrate good governance, effective management, consistent public engagement, innovation, significance, transferability, sustainability and capacity building.

Last year’s SMA program saw an all

Projects, which may involve more than one municipality working together, will be adjudicated by an independent selection committee. Past years’ committees have included such notables as Senator Pamela Wallin, Bob Linner (former City Manager for Regina and Prince Albert), Regina Leader Post political columnist Murray Mandryk, Holly Hetherington (Senior Partner, Executive Source), and Jim Angus (Administrator of the RM of Harris No. 316).

The program is an excellent way for municipal governments to promote their successes to ratepayers, other communities, and the province as a whole. To view the  guidelines or download nomination forms,

visit

Winners will be announced at the Saskatchewan Municipal Awards luncheon on May 11

]time high of 41 nominations for awards. This year, a new award,  Community Life Enrichment, will join the slate of categories, which also include Municipal Innovation and Service Excellence, Economic Development Leadership, Regional Leadership and Partnerships, Environmental Stewardship and Heritage Conservation Leadership.www.municipalawards.ca. The deadline to submit a nomination is .th in Regina.

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SUMA Releases Special Provincial Election Edition of The Urban Voice

December 07, 2011

Did you know…
  • There are 466 urban governments (villages, towns and cities) in Saskatchewan.
  • 82 per cent of Saskatchewan residents live within the boundaries of an urban government today.
  • 75 per cent of all of Saskatchewan’s Gross Domestic Product is generated in urban Saskatchewan.
  • Virtually all population and economic growth is occurring within the province’s cities and towns.
  • Urban governments spend more than $2 Billion annually to provide infrastructure, programs, and services that grow our economy and make Saskatchewan a wonderful place to live, work, and play.
 
The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) speaks for the province’s cities, towns and villages. Its bi-monthly magazine The Urban Voice goes out to over 3,000 mayors and councillors and covers a variety of urban issues.
 
SUMA is pleased to announce the release of its special Provincial Election edition of The Urban Voice, featuring information on the key urban priorities that are essential to the future of Saskatchewan. Together, these priorities form Saskatchewan’s Urban Agenda, something SUMA and its members look forward to working towards, in partnership with the next provincial government. A PDF version of this special edition of the Urban Voice is attached [Viewers of News Release pages can see PDF on Urban Voice Archive web page]. To obtain a hard copy, email our Communications department at communications@suma.org.

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Investment in urban infrastructure is vital for growth

December 07, 2011

Recent reports from Statistics Canada and the CIBC place Regina and Saskatoon as national top performers in population growth and economic activity. Urban Saskatchewan is growing fast, making further investment in infrastructure essential to maintain this momentum.

"Urban Saskatchewan is where growth is happening," said Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association President Allan Earle. "We provide the services and infrastructure necessary for economic investment, employment opportunities and an excellent standard of living".

All of Saskatchewan benefits from the growth in urban centres. Unfortunately, urban governments have a limited number of tools to raise funds necessary to address the challenge of rehabilitating and constructing growth-related infrastructure such as roads, water systems, and recreational facilities. Therefore, it is critical that the province increase investment in urban infrastructure and commit to a long term funding mechanism which urban governments can use to address growth-related infrastructure.

"It is in the best interest of the Government of Saskatchewan to invest in urban infrastructure. If urban governments continue to struggle with infrastructure needs, it will be increasingly difficult to compete for investment and to provide the quality of life our residents expect," said President Earle. "A long term and predictable funding program to invest in urban infrastructure will provide urban governments with the resources to properly plan for and address their infrastructure requirements. It is needed now, in order to secure and continue this growth."

Urban communities play a pivotal role in Saskatchewan’s economy by providing the services and infrastructure necessary to attract people and investment. Ensuring urban governments have the funding needed to continue in this role is crucial to the future of this province. Today, the benefits of growth flow disproportionately to the province. See the attached for more information.


 

For every 100 people that move into Regina & Saskatoon, the province receives at least 4.9 times the own source revenue that the city does, and this accounts for only two tax sources. In reality, the numbers are even starker, as the municipal property tax is an inelastic tax – meaning it does not grow at the same rate as the population. Even when property market values grow as much as they have, there is a lag between assessed values and market values meaning that the property tax base does not keep up with growth.

Both the PST and income tax are elastic; consequently, the provincial government receives a greater and more direct benefit from growth occurring in urban Saskatchewan. So, the question needs to be asked - are we ensuring a sufficient level of investment in our urban centres?

The Municipal Operating Grant was created to address the operational (services to people) component of this problem. It transfers provincial revenue from PST to urban governments to meet the needs of citizens. Now, a similar solution is needed on the capital (infrastructure) side. Existing bridges, roads, water pipes, treatment facilities, arenas, soccer fields, and buses all need to be updated and new ones are needed. It’s clear that this is a growth need, and it’s equally clear that urban governments cannot accomplish this with an inelastic property tax. Therefore, a long-term, sustainable, and predictable funding plan is needed that sees the province transfer revenue to our urban centres for infrastructure investment.

 

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2011 SK Municipal Awards Winners Announced

December 07, 2011

Saskatchewan communities are trend leaders in projects using innovation and enterprise. On May 13, the annual Saskatchewan Municipal Awards ceremony celebrated some of the best and brightest of these, including environmentally friendly improvements for recreational facilities; engaging youth; taking pride in preserving the past; employing municipal cooperation to create a joint sanitation system; and finding common interests in improving healthcare services through providing a residence for doctors and students.

 

The 2011 winners who received awards at the annual SMA luncheon in Regina included:

Municipal Innovation and Service Excellence Award:
Village of Hazlet – Wind Powered Rink Complex

The rink complex was facing rising power costs, shorter rink seasons and was starting to increase rink fees substantially to cover the costs. The Village of Hazlet recognized the increasing power costs and importance of the rink complex to the community and came up with the idea to install an artificial ice plant powered by a wind turbine. In order to counter the extra cost of power for the plant, the village received funding from the Recreational Infrastructure Canada program and is the first of its kind in Saskatchewan.

 

Regional Leadership and Partnerships Award:
Towns of Rosthern, Hague, Duck Lake and Waldheim, RMs of Duck Lake No. 463, Rosthern No. 403, and Laird No. 404, and Villages of Hepburn and Laird – Doctor/Medical Professionals’ Residence

 

In response to a request from local physicians that the community invest in a living quarters for nursing, medical and lab technicians students, the nine municipalities partnered together to renovate the historic Rosthern Post Office into a residence for medical professionals.

Community Development Leadership Award:
Town of Kindersley – Kindersley Youth Council

In October 2009, the Kindersley Youth Council was established, along with the creation of a part]time Culture and Youth Coordinator position to facilitate work with the junior council. Made up of seven members (six councillors and one youth mayor), the Youth Council was intended to be a means with which to expose youth to municipal governance, encourage leadership, and promote increased community  articipation and volunteerism.

Environmental Stewardship Award:
Town of Dundurn, RM of Dundurn No. 314, and Resort Villages of
Thode and Shields – Joint Sanitary Sewer System

This project provides a sanitary sewer system jointly owned and operated by four municipalities and provides a sewer system to a Hutterite Colony and 180 acreage sites in the rural municipality.

Heritage Conservation Leadership:
City of Humboldt – Humboldt’s Heritage Values

The museum board had identified several heritage issues as a result of a community analysis conducted during its strategic planning process. Among the issues identified in the analysis was the need for a plan for overall heritage and cultural development for the city. The first step was to develop a heritage policy, which was approved in 2008 as part of the City’s Official Community Plan.

Saskatchewan Municipal Awards is a program partnership between the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) and the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, New North, the Rural Municipal Administrators’ Association of Saskatchewan (RMAA) and the Urban Municipal Administrators Association of Saskatchewan (UMAAS).

For more information visit http://www.municipalawards.ca/, or to arrange an interview please contact:

Tania Meier

Saskatchewan Municipal Awards

Telephone: (306) 525]4379

awards@municipalawards.ca

 

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Innovative SK Municipalities to Receive Provincial Awards

December 07, 2011

Senator Pamela Wallin, who served as a selection committee member, will be on hand when the 2011 winners of the Saskatchewan Municipal Awards (SMA) are announced at the fifth annual SMA awards ceremony on in Regina. The SMA acclaims municipal sector projects of distinction.

“The innovation, creativity and dedication to problem

The 2011 event will celebrate achievements in the categories of Municipal Innovation and Service Excellence, Regional Leadership and Partnerships, Community Development Leadership, Environmental Stewardship and Heritage Conservation Leadership.

You are invited to the awards presentation Friday, May 13 at 11:30 a.m. The awards presentation

begins at 12:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Canadian Ballroom, Ramada Hotel and Convention Centre, 1818 Victoria Avenue, Regina, SK.

To purchase tickets or more information, contact Brenda Zimmerman at (306) 525

]solving demonstrated by the award entrants never ceases to amaze me,” SMA selection committee member Murray Mandryk said of the awards. “We really get to see a display of the best practices in governance.”]4383.

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Saskatchewan Municipal Awards Finalists Highlight Municipal Achievement

December 07, 2011

<font size="3" face="Calibri"><font size="3" face="Calibri"> <p align="left">The finalists have been announced for the fifth annual Saskatchewan Municipal&nbsp;Awards Program.</p> <p align="left">Nominations for the 2011 awards hit another new high, with 28 groups applying.</p> <p align="left">An independent selection committee including Senator Pamela Wallin, Bob Linner (former City Manager for Regina and Prince Albert), Regina Leader Post political columnist Murray Mandryk, Holly Hetherington (Senior Partner, Executive Source), and Jim Angus (Administrator of the RM of Harris No. 146) have reviewed the finalists&rsquo; achievements and select award recipients in each of the categories.</p> <p align="left">&ldquo;The innovation, creativity and dedication to problem</p> <p align="left">The finalists in each category are:</p> <p align="left"><strong>Municipal Innovation and Service Excellence:</strong></p> </font></font><font size="3" face="Calibri"><font size="3" face="Calibri">&#8208;</font></font><font size="3" face="Calibri"><font size="3" face="Calibri">solving demonstrated by the award entrants&nbsp; never ceases to amaze me,&rdquo; Mandryk said of the awards. &ldquo;We really get to see a display of the best&nbsp; practices in governance.&rdquo;</font></font><font lang="ZH-TW" size="3" face="SymbolMT"><font lang="ZH-TW" size="3" face="SymbolMT"> <p align="left">&#61623;</p> </font></font><font size="3" face="Calibri"><font size="3" face="Calibri">Northeast Quadrant &ndash; </font></font><i><font size="3" face="Calibri-Italic"><font size="3" face="Calibri-Italic">Economic restructuring and maintenance of regional bridge system</font></font><font lang="ZH-TW" size="3" face="SymbolMT"><font lang="ZH-TW" size="3" face="SymbolMT"> <p align="left">&#61623;</p> </font></font><font size="3" face="Calibri"><font size="3" face="Calibri">Village of Hazlet </font></font><font size="3" face="Calibri"><font size="3" face="Calibri">&#8208; </font></font><i><font size="3" face="Calibri-Italic"><font size="3" face="Calibri-Italic">Wind Powered Rink Complex</font></font><font size="3" face="Calibri"><font size="3" face="Calibri"> <p align="left"><span id="1323271298824S" style="display: none">&nbsp;</span><strong>Regional Leadership and Partnerships</strong></p> </font></font><font lang="ZH-TW" size="3" face="SymbolMT"><font lang="ZH-TW" size="3" face="SymbolMT"> <p align="left">&#61623;</p> </font></font><font size="3" face="Calibri"><font size="3" face="Calibri">RM of Estevan No. 5 &ndash; </font></font><i><font size="3" face="Calibri-Italic"><font size="3" face="Calibri-Italic">Save Creighton Lodge</font></font><font lang="ZH-TW" size="3" face="SymbolMT"><font lang="ZH-TW" size="3" face="SymbolMT"> <p align="left">&#61623;</p> </font></font><font size="3" face="Calibri"><font size="3" face="Calibri">Towns of Rosthern, Hague, Duck Lake, Waldheim, RMs of Waldheim, Duck Lake, Rosthern and Laird, and Villages of Hepburn and Laird &ndash; </font></font><i><font size="3" face="Calibri-Italic"><font size="3" face="Calibri-Italic">Doctor/Medical Professionals&rsquo; Residence</font></font><font size="3" face="Calibri"><font size="3" face="Calibri"> <p align="left"><span id="1323271303060S" style="display: none">&nbsp;</span><strong>Community Development Leadership</strong></p> </font></font><font lang="ZH-TW" size="3" face="SymbolMT"><font lang="ZH-TW" size="3" face="SymbolMT"> <p align="left">&#61623;</p> </font></font><font size="3" face="Calibri"><font size="3" face="Calibri">Resort Village of Island View &ndash; </font></font><i><font size="3" face="Calibri-Italic"><font size="3" face="Calibri-Italic">Municipal Land Use Policy</font></font><font lang="ZH-TW" size="3" face="SymbolMT"><font lang="ZH-TW" size="3" face="SymbolMT"> <p align="left">&#61623;</p> </font></font><font size="3" face="Calibri"><font size="3" face="Calibri">Town of Kindersley &ndash; </font></font><i><font size="3" face="Calibri-Italic"><font size="3" face="Calibri-Italic">Kindersley Youth Council</font></font><font size="3" face="Calibri"><font size="3" face="Calibri"> <p align="left"><span id="1323271315164S" style="display: none">&nbsp;</span><strong>Environmental Stewardship</strong></p> </font></font><font lang="ZH-TW" size="3" face="SymbolMT"><font lang="ZH-TW" size="3" face="SymbolMT"> <p align="left">&#61623;</p> </font></font><font size="3" face="Calibri"><font size="3" face="Calibri">Town of Dundurn, RM of Dundurn, and Resort Villages of Thode and Shields </font></font><i><font size="3" face="Calibri-Italic"><font size="3" face="Calibri-Italic">&ndash; Joint sanitary&nbsp; sewer system</font></font><font lang="ZH-TW" size="3" face="SymbolMT"><font lang="ZH-TW" size="3" face="SymbolMT"> <p align="left">&#61623;</p> </font></font><font size="3" face="Calibri"><font size="3" face="Calibri">Village of Hazlet &ndash; </font></font><i><font size="3" face="Calibri-Italic"><font size="3" face="Calibri-Italic">Wind Powered Rink Complex</font></font><font size="3" face="Calibri"><font size="3" face="Calibri"> <p align="left"><span id="1323271322893S" style="display: none">&nbsp;</span><strong>Heritage Conservation Leadership</strong></p> </font></font><font lang="ZH-TW" size="3" face="SymbolMT"><font lang="ZH-TW" size="3" face="SymbolMT"> <p align="left">&#61623;</p> </font></font><font size="3" face="Calibri"><font size="3" face="Calibri">City of Humboldt &ndash; </font></font><i><font size="3" face="Calibri-Italic"><font size="3" face="Calibri-Italic">Humboldt&rsquo;s Heritage Values</font></font><font lang="ZH-TW" size="3" face="SymbolMT"><font lang="ZH-TW" size="3" face="SymbolMT"> <p align="left">&#61623;</p> </font></font><font size="3" face="Calibri"><font size="3" face="Calibri">Town of Gravelbourg &ndash; </font></font><i><font size="3" face="Calibri-Italic"><font size="3" face="Calibri-Italic">The Renaissance Gaiety Theatre Project</font></font><font size="3" face="Calibri"><font size="3" face="Calibri"> <p align="left">Winners will be announced at the Saskatchewan Municipal Awards luncheon on May 13</p> </font></font><font size="1" face="Calibri"><font size="1" face="Calibri">th </font></font><font size="3" face="Calibri"><font size="3" face="Calibri">at the Ramada Hotel in Regina.</font></font></i></i></i></i></i></i></i></i></i></i>

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Provincial Budget Advances Urban Priorities

May 25, 2011

The 2011-2012 provincial budget acknowledges the crucial role urban governments play in the economic growth of Saksatchewan. This budget provides our cities, towns and villages the resources to deliver programs that are vital to our quality of life.

To read the full text of the media release click here.

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NEW HEALTH FUNDING FORMULA - PROOF PROVINCE LISTENS TO URBAN GOVERNMENTS

May 25, 2011

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is pleased with Minister McMorris „announcement today that the Province will now pay 80 per cent of the cost of regional health projects. This means communities will only be responsible for raising 20 per cent, down from 35 per cent.

“Today‟s announcement by Minister McMorris is good news for all Saskatchewan residents,” said Allan Earle, President of SUMA. “SUMA has always made the case that health is a provincial interest, and should be fully provincially funded. The new funding formula allows cities, towns and villages to use a greater portion of property tax revenue for its intended use: to provide municipal services such as safe drinking water, effective public safety, waste management, roads and sidewalks, and transit.”


“At the SUMA convention, Minister Hickie and Minster McMorris both acknowledged that the province is willing to act when urban governments make a good case to advance their interests,” Earle said. “This announcement is proof positive of their words. SUMA advanced this position in its budget submission to the province, and today we see the province delivered.”


In recent years Saskatchewan‟s urban governments have partnered with the provincial government on matters of mutual interest. This relationship emerged because of the recognition that local urban actions impact the province‟s economy and vice versa. The constructive and respectful government-to-government relationship which now exists between the two orders of government is essential to making sure Saskatchewan remains a place where people choose to live, work, and play.


SUMA continues to work towards 100% provincial funding of health care capital projects.


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For more information, contact:

Mayor Paul Topola (Assiniboia)

SUMA‟s Health Critic

Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association

Phone: 306.642.5416


Laurent Mougeot

CEO

Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association

Telephone: 306. 525.4387

lmougeot@suma.org

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SUMA: Stimulus Funding Extension a Win-Win

May 25, 2011

The determined lobbying efforts of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) paid off today when Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced an extension for projects funded under federal stimulus funding. This extension gives urban municipalities in the province until , to complete projects delayed by the poor weather of this past spring and summer. It is anticipated this extension will benefit approximately 51 delayed projects, with a total value of $42 Million. SUMA is appreciative of the work done by Premier Brad Wall, Municipal Affairs Minister Darryl Hickie, and staff at Saskatchewan Municipal Affairs in helping to fulfill this outcome.

“Today’s announcement is a perfect indication of the strong partnership we’ve built between SUMA and the provincial government,” said Laurent Mougeot, SUMA Chief Executive Officer. “Through the respect of a government-to-government relationship, Minister Hickie and his staff worked with SUMA to lobby for this outcome.”

SUMA’s lobbying efforts were complemented by the work of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) in Ottawa. Working on behalf of municipalities across Canada, FCM ensured that SUMA’s message regarding the challenge faced by urban municipalities in Saskatchewan was communicated to the federal government. The decision by the federal government to provide an extension to all projects signals their realization that urban municipalities are a responsible order of government.

“Today the federal government delivered what SUMA has been advocating for some time. This is great news for Saskatchewan’s urban municipalities,” Mougeot said. “I’m confident this would not have happened without the considerable efforts of the partnership between FCM, the Government of Saskatchewan, and SUMA. In the end, we’re all winners.”

SUMA continues to lobby for the creation of a made-in-Saskatchewan infrastructure program. This program would supply provincial dollars to invest in the critical public  infrastructure that urban municipalities provide to ensure public safety and economic growth. With the expiry of all federal funding for municipal infrastructure in the spring of 2011, both the federal and provincial governments must meet their infrastructure obligations to the citizens of Saskatchewan, 75 per cent of whom are represented by SUMA members.

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For more information, please contact:

Laurent Mougeot

Chief Executive Officer, SUMA

(306) 535-5574

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Throne Speech Addresses Municipal Issues

May 25, 2011

The throne speech delivered today addresses a number of initiatives that are important to urban municipalities. The commitment to further reduce the education portion of property tax and the full implementation of the municipal revenue sharing program is good news for the residents of Saskatchewan.

“The Premier told urban municipalities in the last budget to expect the full revenue

sharing program to be implemented by November 2011” said President Allan Earle. “We are pleased to hear that he has reaffirmed his commitment today.”

The revenue sharing program was developed in partnership with municipalities. It

replaced years of ad hoc funding increases to municipalities by allocating a  percentage of a point of the PST based on past revenues. Revenue sharing was intended to provide municipalities with a long term and predictable funding mechanism.

“Predictability is an important principle for the municipal sector. The additional funding for municipalities will be vital for the coming year as councils establish their local priorities.”

“Relief on the education portion of property tax has been a long standing issue for urban municipalities” said President Earle. “SUMA firmly believes that education should not be funded through property tax.”

In addition to these priorities, SUMA will continue to advocate for the creation of a

consultation protocol agreement between the two orders of government and long-term, predictable provincial funding for municipal infrastructure.


Earle concluded by saying, “Urban municipalities are the key to continued growth in

Saskatchewan. Our communities need help to maintain critical infrastructure, and we

need that help now. Creation of a Made-in-Saskatchewan solution is important, and we will work with the province towards this goal. In the meantime, the province must provide support for crumbling infrastructure or the safety of our citizens may be at risk.”

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For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Sean McEachern

Senior Policy Advisor

306-525-4394

smceachern@suma.org

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Saskatchewan Water Management Forum

May 25, 2011

<p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><font face="Calibri">Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association and the Saskatchewan </font><font face="Calibri">Association of Watersheds are proud to host the Saskatchewan Water Management Forum in Regina, </font><font face="Calibri">Saskatchewan on Wednesday .<o:p></o:p></font></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><font face="Calibri"><br /> &ldquo;The objectives of the Water Management Forum are to learn how water management issues and<o:p></o:p></font> <font face="Calibri">policies are dealt with in other provinces and jurisdictions, and to begin the discussion on how </font><font face="Calibri">Saskatchewan should approach water management within the province&rdquo;, said Joel Peterson, Head of </font><font face="Calibri">Industry and Government Relations for Ducks Unlimited Canada in Saskatchewan. &ldquo;The three groups </font><font face="Calibri">hosting this event, DUC, SUMA and SAW, are working together with a variety of other stakeholder </font><font face="Calibri">groups at the forum to identify the key principles and processes that the Government of Saskatchewan </font><font face="Calibri">should consider when establishing a comprehensive water management plan for the province. We will </font><font face="Calibri">present these ideas to government in the future.&rdquo;<br /> </font></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><font face="Calibri">This event features presenters on key water management plans and strategies in Alberta and Manitoba. </font><font face="Calibri">These speakers will discuss water management strategy experiences from their own jurisdictions and </font><font face="Calibri">discuss best practices, lessons learned, and principles and processes that have worked within their </font><font face="Calibri">province.<br /> </font></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><font face="Calibri">The panel includes Dr. Howard Wheater, Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Water Security at<o:p></o:p></font> <font face="Calibri">the University of Saskatchewan and Vice-Chair of the World Climate Research Programme&rsquo;s Global </font><font face="Calibri">Energy and Water Cycle Experiment; Dr. Rhonda McDougal, Director of the Planning and Coordination </font><font face="Calibri">Branch of Manitoba Water Stewardship; and Beverly Yee, the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) of<o:p></o:p></font></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><font face="Calibri">Environmental Stewardship for Alberta&rsquo;s Ministry of Environment. <br /> </font></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><font face="Calibri">&ldquo;This slate of speakers includes some of the principal leaders in the water management field,&rdquo; said<o:p></o:p></font> <font face="Calibri">SUMA President Allan Earle. &ldquo;We look forward to a very engaging and productive session.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></font></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><font face="Calibri"><br /> -30-<o:p></o:p></font></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><font face="Calibri">For more information and interviews please contact:<o:p></o:p></font></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><font face="Calibri">Tom Jordens<o:p></o:p></font></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><font face="Calibri">Communications Specialist &ndash; Saskatchewan<o:p></o:p></font></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><font face="Calibri">Ducks Unlimited Canada<o:p></o:p></font></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><font face="Calibri">Telephone: (306) 569-0424<o:p></o:p></font></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><font face="Calibri">t_jordens@ducks.ca<o:p></o:p></font></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><font face="Calibri">or<o:p></o:p></font></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><font face="Calibri">Dawn M. Barker<o:p></o:p></font></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><font face="Calibri">Communications and Web Coordinator<o:p></o:p></font></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><font face="Calibri">Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association<o:p></o:p></font></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><font face="Calibri">Telephone: (306) 525-4396<o:p></o:p></font></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><font face="Calibri">communications@suma.org<o:p></o:p></font></p>

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SUMA to the province: A deal is a deal

December 11, 2009

Saskatchewan municipal representatives are very concerned with the government&rsquo;s comments related to potential cuts to the Municipal Operating Grant (MOG) program.<br /> <br /> Without having consulted the municipal sector, the government is indicating that MOG funding will be frozen at $167 Million, instead of the $221 Million owed to municipalities. This shortfall creates significant challenges for municipal governments nearly finished budgeting for 2010.<br /> <br /> Speaking during a break from the SUMA Board meeting, SUMA President Allan Earle expressed disappointment that the province chose to suggest capping MOG to 2007-08 levels to the media before any prior discussion with municipalities. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s not how we do business, and I would expect that future consultations respect the government-to-government relationship that we&rsquo;ve worked so hard to establish,&rdquo; said Earle.&nbsp; &ldquo;A deal is a deal, and I am still optimistic that the government will live up to their obligation,&rdquo; he added.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> The MOG formula was an agreement between the province and the municipal sector, with the Government of Saskatchewan participating as a full partner in the MOG negotiations.&nbsp; Through MOG, the government acknowledged its responsibility for services that are delivered to Saskatchewan residents by municipalities, including policing, transportation and economic development.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> SUMA will continue to work with the City Mayors&rsquo; Caucus and all partners, ensuring that Saskatchewan municipalities receive what is owed to them.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;">-30-</div> <br /> For additional information, contact:<br /> Rae Anne Moen<br /> Communications Officer<br /> Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association<br /> 306-525-4396 (office)<br /> 306-527-5131 (mobile) <br /> rmoen@suma.org<br />

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Glaslyn hosts SUMA spring regional meeting

November 25, 2009

Mayors, council members and administrators from Saskatchewan cities, towns and villages are meeting during the month of June in a series of semi-annual regional meetings of Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) members. <span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><br /> </span></span></span></span></span></span>

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Swift Current hosts SUMA spring regional meeting

November 25, 2009

Mayors, council members and administrators from Saskatchewan cities, towns and villages are meeting during the month of June in a series of semi-annual regional meetings of Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) members.&nbsp; <span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><br /> </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>

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Montmartre hosts SUMA spring regional meeting

November 25, 2009

Mayors, council members and administrators from Saskatchewan cities, towns and villages are meeting during the month of June in a series of semi-annual regional meetings of Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) members.&nbsp; <span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><br /> </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>

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Choiceland hosts SUMA spring regional meeting

November 25, 2009

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Municipal representatives pleased with new Municipal Operating Grant Program

November 25, 2009

The Saskatchewan City Mayors&rsquo; Caucus, the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) and the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) agree that the Government of Saskatchewan&rsquo;s commitment to implement the MOG program is a historical event in the relationship between the Province and municipal governments.<br />

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Federal infrastructure program misses the mark

November 25, 2009

Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association President Allan Earle is concerned that new federal infrastructure initiatives will not get money flowing to municipalities in time for the next construction season.<br />

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Strong government to government relationship remains a top priority for the SUMA Board

November 25, 2009

A strong government to government relationship will remain priority number one for the Saskatchewan Urban Municipality Association&rsquo;s (SUMA) board of directors. The strength and potential of the municipal-provincial relationship was a recurring theme throughout SUMA&rsquo;s regular fall board meeting, held September 26 and 27, in Regina.<br />

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SUMA applauds recent Federal announcements

November 25, 2009

SUMA&rsquo;s Board of Directors applauded Prime Minister Stephen Harper&rsquo;s government for his announcement last week regarding Regina&rsquo;s Ipsco Place expansion and Saskatoon&rsquo;s newest bridge. The Board was in the middle of a regular scheduled meeting (June 20-21 in Regina)<br /> when the good news became official.<br />

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SUMA Regional meetings start today; SUMAssure unveiled

November 25, 2009

Regional meetings are an annual rite of spring for members of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities. New programs, policies and issues are hotly debated and the organization&rsquo;s direction is set for the summer months.<br />

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More money is needed for municipalities

November 25, 2009

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association is extremely pleased with the Provincial<br /> Government&rsquo;s decision to revisit their commitment to Revenue Sharing with municipalities.<br /> Increasing the Revenue Sharing pool by 15 per cent instead of the 7 per cent announced in the<br /> Budget last month will certainly help to keep municipal property taxes at a reasonable level.<br />

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Signing the BCF framework is just the first step

November 25, 2009

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association applauds Premier Brad Wall&rsquo;s government and the Federal Government for taking a first step towards solving the province&rsquo;s municipal infrastructure deficit. By signing the Building Canada framework agreement, the Province&rsquo;s municipalities can move forward with their key infrastructure projects.<br />

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Cash for waste management a good interim step

November 25, 2009

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association is applauding the Environment Ministry for its announcement of $835,000 directed towards regional waste recycling as a good interim step but also forewarning that the only true solution is a province-wide multi-material recycling strategy. SUMA welcomes the further commitment of $50,000 for the Saskatchewan Association of Northern Communities (New North) to study the feasibility of regional waste management in the northern part of the province, including<br />

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Putting revenue sharing to work for property taxpayers

November 25, 2009

&ldquo;It may be time to start to turn up the heat on the provincial government,&rdquo; was the sentiment expressed by the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association at their last Board of Director&rsquo;s meeting held in Regina, March 27-29. Representatives from all parts of the province met to discuss what can be done to encourage the Province&rsquo;s Government to pick up the pace on own source revenue sharing with cities, towns and villages. The Board met with Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Hutchinson and his senior<br />

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Budget won’t keep property taxes down in cities, towns and villages this year

November 25, 2009

The first Budget of the new Provincial Government delivers on campaign promises, but will not deliver enough help to limit property taxes this year.<br />

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Infrastructure shaky, despite Provincial Budget

November 25, 2009

Many Saskatchewan cities, towns and villages could miss out on another construction season because of continuing uncertainty about Federal funding for municipal infrastructure, said members of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association executive. &quot;The Building Canada Fund was announced 13 months ago in last year's Federal<br />

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The Federal Government does not get it

November 25, 2009

The Federal Budget was the hot topic of the morning as SUMA&rsquo;s Executive met today for their regular scheduled meeting. They came to one conclusion: Despite a national dialogue about the dire need for municipal infrastructure funding, Canada&rsquo;s government has made it apparent through yesterday&rsquo;s Federal Budget that they just don&rsquo;t get it. Nothing in yesterday&rsquo;s document relieves any of the pressure on local property tax payers.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There is a mountain of evidence suggesting that Canada&rsquo;s infrastructure<br />

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Premier Wall acknowledges more revenue sharing needed

November 25, 2009

In his address at SUMA&rsquo;s Convention opening ceremonies Premier Brad Wall acknowledged that his party&rsquo;s promised seven per cent increase in revenue sharing isn&rsquo;t going to be enough. More than 1,100 municipally elected officials, administrators and guests listened attentively as Premier Wall outlined his vision for the Province&rsquo;s future. He promised that own-source revenue sharing will remain a major issue with his government and that an agreement will be reached sooner than later.<br />

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Commitments by Minister Hutchinson encouraging

November 25, 2009

Saskatchewan&rsquo;s newest minister of Municipal Affairs, the Hon. Bill Hutchinson, promised to work towards more substantial revenue sharing for municipalities when he met with the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association&rsquo;s Board of Directors on Friday, December 7. The Minister heard strong concerns expressed at the Board table about the insufficiency of the Sask. Party's election promise of an interim 7 per cent increase in Revenue Sharing grants for the next two years, pending the negotiation<br />

New provincial government means new opportunities for urban municipalities

November 25, 2009

Saskatchewan&rsquo;s electorate collectively made a clear decision yesterday in favour of a new provincial government. By winning seats in our largest cities, along with strong support in smaller communities, the Sask Party has the mandate for changing how government works together with urban municipalities. The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association congratulates Premier elect Brad Wall and the Sask Party and looks forward to a productive government-to-government working relationship.<br />

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Provincial Parties Dodge Municipal Funding Issues

November 25, 2009

The election is less than two weeks away and members of the SUMA Executive held a press conference today to pose this question to Saskatchewan&rsquo;s political parties: &ldquo;Where&rsquo;s the cash?&rdquo; They noted that many promises have been made, but little has been said about the critical lack of funding for cities, towns and villages across Saskatchewan.<br />

SUMA delegation to meet with Saskatchewan MPs in Ottawa

November 25, 2009

Members of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association are in Ottawa Wednesday, Oct. 17 to meet with MPs from the Conservative Party&rsquo;s Saskatchewan Caucus. SUMA arranged the meeting to discuss critical shortfalls in federal infrastructure funding.<br />

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