December 05, 2017
The Canadian Smart Cities Challenge kicked off last week, but don't let the name fool you — it's open to all SUMA members. In fact, the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) is hosting a regional event next Monday, December 11, and you can attend in person or by teleconference.
Space for the event is limited, so register now to save your spot. You'll get to hear an overview of the challenge, including the process, and have a chance to ask questions. You can also get more details on the challenge on the Impact Canada website.
November 27, 2017
As we told you last month, Asset Management Saskatchewan is designing and delivering local training to municipalities, thanks to funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).
Registration is now open for webinars, which begin this Thursday, November 30. So far, webinars are planned through mid-April. They will also start offering in-person workshops around the province in February 2018. Get all the details on upcoming training opportunities on their website.
November 22, 2017
Saskatchewan is experiencing a rare phenomenon, with the two main provincial political parties both undergoing a leadership race. In these exceptional circumstances, SUMA took the opportunity to ask leadership candidates about several issues that are important to Saskatchewan hometowns. In late October, we wrote to the declared candidates for the Saskatchewan Party and Saskatchewan NDP, asking for their responses by November 17. (Another candidate entered the race in November, and while we sent the same letter, it had a later deadline.)
As of November 22, we have received responses from five of the eight candidates. This grid includes a summary of the answers we received, and you can read their full responses at the links within the grid.
Dear Leadership Candidate:
Saskatchewan hometowns are on the front lines of the province’s growing economy — we provide the foundation for the growth our province has been experiencing over the last decade. Our cities, towns, villages, resort villages, and northern municipalities provide core services that are essential to our quality of life.
These include the infrastructure and services we rely on and use every day:
The success of Saskatchewan is inextricably linked to the success of our hometowns. When our urban municipalities do well, so does the province. The Government of Saskatchewan has a vested interest in hometowns that are great places to work, live, and play.
Over the last 11 years, Saskatchewan has experienced enormous economic and population growth, the majority of which can be attributed to growth in our hometowns. We have welcomed 195,768 people to Saskatchewan, and incorporated three new cities, each with at least 5,000 residents: Martensville, Meadow Lake, and Warman—the last of which has been deemed the fastest growing city in Canada. Many of those moving to our province have also taken up residence in our two largest cities, Saskatoon and Regina, both of which are also growing faster than the urban average across Canada, according to a 2016 Statistics Canada report.
With this growth comes an increasing demand on municipal services, existing municipal infrastructure, and the need for new infrastructure to meet the demands of this growth. Meeting these demands can be a challenge for hometowns.
Municipalities only collect about eight cents of every tax dollar and have a limited ability to bring in revenue beyond property taxes. Municipalities are also bound by legislation to run a balanced operating budget. As a result, municipalities alone cannot support the incredible growth in their communities and rely on the province to broaden their revenue base.
Both municipal revenue sharing and infrastructure funding give municipalities access to another form of revenue. This support from the provincial government helps provide the services and infrastructure vital to growing the economy and keeping up with that growth; and supports Saskatchewan’s economic, environmental, cultural, and social quality of life goals.
We value the partnership that we’ve developed with the provincial government. This collaborative relationship has resulted in provincial funding that supports municipal operational and capital expenditures. But there is still much work to do.
We want to continue being partners in the future of Saskatchewan. To do that, we need a commitment to permanence when it comes to both municipal revenue sharing and infrastructure funding, as well as a strong, collaborative consultation process to ensure that municipalities and the province are working together and making informed decisions. SUMA has been asking for a formalized consultation protocol for years that could alleviate many of the surprises and reactions that otherwise occur when unexpected programming and policy changes are made.
SUMA is asking all leadership candidates to take the time to respond to the following questions. Your answers will be shared with our membership.
I look forward to hearing back from you regarding your commitment to Saskatchewan’s hometowns and to working with you in the future. Please provide a response by November 17, 2017.
Gordon Barnhart, C.M., S.O.M., Ph.D
Ken Cheveldayoff (Saskatchewan Party leadership)
Alanna Koch (Saskatchewan Party leadership)
Ryan Meili (Saskatchewan NDP leadership)
Trent Wotherspoon (Saskatchewan NDP leadership)
Gord Wyant (Saskatchewan Party leadership)
October 03, 2017
Last week, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced funding for asset management training programs across Canada. Asset Management Saskatchewan is one of the 22 organizations that will receive funding to design and delivery local training to municipalities. Details on training sessions, dates, and locations will come out later this fall; SUMA will share information with members on our website and through Urban Update, so be sure you're signed up to get the latest information.
September 21, 2017
Interest in Citizens on Patrol Programs in Saskatchewan has been growing. Any individual or group can consider establishing a local group. If someone in your municipality is interested in starting a local program, you can check out the documents below, and contact:
Cpl. Mel Zurevinsky
Crime Prevention/ Crime Reduction
August 24, 2017
On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, the province released the Caucus Committee on Crime report and recommendations to reduce crime in small urban and rural Saskatchewan. SUMA was pleased to be a part of the consultations for the CRC report, and it appears the committee considered our members' concerns.
We applaud the move toward proactive programming, such as mental health and addictions treatment, and school liaison officers. These efforts can help in the long term to reduce crime and improve the quality of life for all Saskatchewan residents.
However, we remain concerned that the re-purposing of ministry-funded positions in municipal police departments and RCMP detachments will negatively affect policing capacity for some of our larger members.
We look forward to further discussions with Minister Wyant and his staff to ensure that the policing needs of all SUMA members — from our smallest villages to our largest cities — are being met.
You can read the committee's full report and recommendations on the Government of Saskatchewan website.
August 21, 2017
Yesterday, SUMA kicked off our third Mayors Summer School, the first program of its kind in Canada. Mayors and deputy mayors from more than 40 member municipalities (including President Barnhart) will be on campus at the University of Regina taking in education tailor-made for Saskatchewan mayors. Watch our Twitter feed for sneak peeks at the action, and see the media release for more details on the event.
July 20, 2017
Thank you to the Town of Rosthern for hosting the 29th Annual SUMA Golf Tournament!
It was another great golf tournament starting on Thursday, July 13 with dinner and hypnotist Corrie J. with a DJ to finish off the night. Two communities stepped up to host the 2018 and 2019 golf tournaments: The Town of Hudson Bay invites you to attend the tournament in 2018 and the Town of Spiritwood in 2019. Friday morning started with breakfast, followed by 75 golfers teeing off at Valley Regional Park Golf Course.
Check out the action (including trophy winners) on our Facebook album!
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.”
For more details, read our joint media release.
July 13, 2017
SUMAdvantage, our group purchasing program designed to help members save money was created to benefit all SUMA members and support the work SUMA does on behalf of its members. While we encourage inter-municipal cooperation between member municipalities, we want you to know about the many benefits received through utilizing the SUMAdvantage program.
Want to know more about how to utilize SUMAdvantage or get involved in the committees? Contact Tania Wendling, Director Corporate Programs and Member Services, at email@example.com or 306-525-4379.
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!”
We all wish Laurent the best in his retirement, and rest assured that the whole SUMA team will be here for our members and partners through the transition.
June 14, 2017
Members passed a resolution at Convention 2017 that urban municipalities take a leadership role in adopting carbon reduction strategies, and a new initative from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Government of Canada can help you make that happen. Your municipality now has the chance to connect with an environmetal expert through FCM's Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP).
Regional climate advisors will support a number of activities, including:
With this initiative, regional climate advisors will help municipalities reach their goals towards becoming low-carbon resilient communities, through the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Milestone program. More than 300 municipalities of all sizes are already participating in the program, which is free to join.
Municipalities are on the front lines of climate change. They are working to build more climate-resilient communities, often in partnership with the federal government. With influence over half of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, municipalities are also seeking opportunities to scale up local green infrastructure solutions that bring emissions down.
June 05, 2017
Congratulations to Past President Debra Button! She received the Roll of Honour at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) annual conference last week. Past President Button joins more than 100 other recipients over more than 30 years who have a proven record of sustained exceptional service to municipal government in Canada and to the goals and objectives of the FCM, and who have served FCM with distinction.
May 25, 2017
As part of a very busy week, SUMA staff and Board members are in Saskatoon for the annual stand-alone sector meeting. This year, towns and villages were both invited to attend, and we're happy to see more than 100 attendees join us from 55 member municipalities. More details on the meeting are available in the media release and on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.
May 24, 2017
The Municipal Leadership Development Program (MLDP) is accepting requests for proposals to facilitate two of the MLDP modules:
The MLDP is a series of workshops developed exclusively for elected and appointed municipal leaders in Saskatchewan. If you or anyone you know is interested in facilitating one of these two modules, check out the details at the links above and get your application in by the June 14 deadline.
April 10, 2017
The days since the March 22 release of the provincial budget have been busy for SUMA. The best place to find the latest details on how the 2017-18 budget hurts hometowns is on the hub page we created specifically for this issue. There you will find our communication with members, media releases, links to our social media accounts, what our members and the media are saying, and resources that will help you have your voice heard on this budget.
As the voice of urban Saskatchewan, SUMA will promote, protect, and defend our members' interests in the wake of a budget that downloads responsibilities and cuts funding to hometowns.
March 23, 2017
Yesterday, the Government of Saskatchewan released its latest budget. Among other things, the budget held the line on municipal revenue sharing, raised the provincial sales tax percentage and removed exemptions, cut provincial funding for libraries and urban parks, and will move to cut the Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) and shift payments from Crown corporations to the provincial general revenue fund instead of municipalities. You can read SUMA's response to the budget in our media release, and our policy position on the STC.
February 16, 2017
This week, the Estevan Mercury published an editorial defending the current revenue sharing forumula. You can read the full editorial on their website.
January 05, 2017
Project plans for 2016 show the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) supported 120 local roads and bridges projects in Saskatchewan's urban municipalities. On behalf of members, SUMA expressed gratitude today for the "predictable, long-term, indexed funding" our members receive thanks to the GTF. SUMA thanks the Government of Canada for their commitment to Saskatchewan hometowns.
More details on the projects the federal GTF helped make possible are available on the Government of Canada website.
December 28, 2016
SUMA is excited to partner with our friends at SARM and the Southeast College to offer Municipal Management Essentials training to members. This training is intended to supplement training available through the Municipal Leadership Development Program (MLDP) and help municipalities build skills and capacity for administrative staff and foremen (though council members are welcome to attend, as many of the workshops will also apply to them). We encourage you to find out more about Investing in People to Create a Stronger Municipality, and check out the training schedule for more information on upcoming schedules.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with Jacquie Becker at Southeast College. You can reach her at 306-848-2506 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 15, 2016
The Crime Reduction Committee was struck recently to examine crime in Saskatchewan. Their goal is "to determine where provincial policies are effective in reducing and eliminating crime, and what best-practices can be used to reduce it in other areas." The committee will be touring the province to receive input from organizations, individuals and communities (see the schedule below) and are welcoming written submissions if you cannot attend. Interim President Goulden will appear on behalf of SUMA at the Yorkton stop on the tour, but we encourage members to attend or provide submissions as well. Submissions can be sent to CRCSubmissions@skcaucus.com. If you attend or provide a submission, please also email your thoughts to Sean McKenzie; we may also provide a written submission and would like to have a full picture of what our members have to say.
Crime Reduction Committee tour:
|December 19, 2016||Regina||9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.|
|December 20, 2016||Estevan||10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.|
|December 21, 2016||Yorkton||10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.|
|January 23, 2017||Meadow Lake||10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.|
|January 24, 2017||North Battleford||10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.|
|January 25, 2017||Saskatoon||10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.|
|January 26, 2017||Prince Albert||10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.|
|January 31, 2017||Swift Current||11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.|
|February 7, 2017||La Ronge||10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.|
December 08, 2016
The Government of Saskatchewan is now accepting applications for infrastructure projects through two funding programs: the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF), and the Provincial Territorial Infrastructure Component (PTIC) of the New Building Canada Fund. You can use the same online form to apply to both programs, but previous PTIC applications will need to be resubmitted. The form and more information are available on the Government of Saskatchewan website. Start now, because applications are due by noon on Monday, January 23, 2017. Details on the announcement are also available in their media release.
November 29, 2016
Randy Goulden has be elected Interim President by the Board of Directors to serve until the end Convention 2017. Rounding out the Executive Committee is:
The single-city regions are represented by:
Regional meetings wrapped up last week, so the seven southern regions have elected their Board representatives:
The Northern region will elect their Director (currently represented by Bruce Fidler) at their Regional Meeting at Convention 2017. The positions of President, VP of Towns, and VP of Villages, Resort Villages and Northern Municipalities are also up for election at Convention. All the details on those elections are available on the Convention page.
November 17, 2016
While SUMA staff are giving the Municipal Leaders' Roles and Responsibilities workshops around Saskatchewan, we also remind you that you can register for the other Municipal Leadership Development Program (MLDP) modules coming up later this fall. These workshops are a great way for council members to network and learn about strengthening leadership in local government. Past attendees have had glowing reviews:
The fall 2016 MLDP modules are quickly approaching (November 28 – December 2) and we still have lots of space available. If you are thinking about attending, please register as soon as possible. It’s never too late to learn something new, but we'd hate for you to miss this fantastic opportunity tailor-made for Saskatchewan's municipal leaders. Workshops run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and even include lunch! All five workshops are running this fall:
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.
See our full response in today's media release.
November 01, 2016
Do you have a bylaw enforcement officer? SUMA and our friends at SARM are surveying members on behalf of the Saskatchewan Association of Municipal Enforcement Officers (SAMEO). We are looking for information on the salaries and hours for your bylaw enforcement officers. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.
October 28, 2016
Now that municipal elections are concluded, SUMA is looking ahead to the elections for our Board of Directors. This document explains the official procedures to elect and appoint SUMA Board members.
Some members of the SUMA Board did not seek re-election in their municipalities, and some were not re-elected. All of those vacancies will be filled in accordance with our bylaws as we move through the full election process.
The election process for the new Board of Directors will begin in November, when the seven southern regions will elect their respective directors and alternates. The Northeast, Northwest, East Central, Central, West Central, Southeast, and Southwest regions have their own meetings happening from November 15-25. Elected officials must be sworn in by the meeting date to run for the Director (or alternate) position. Nominations are open, and will also be accepted from the floor at the meetings.
The Vice-President of Cities is elected when the City Mayors’ Caucus (CMC) elects their chair. The CMC will meet in Regina on November 18, 2016.
The Northern Regional Director and remaining Executive Committee members will be elected at Convention 2017.
Elections for President will take place on Monday, February 6, 2017.
On Tuesday, February 7, 2017 there will be elections for the:
If neither the President nor the Vice-President of Cities is from Regina or Saskatoon, those two cities will also elect the Executive Member for Saskatoon/Regina on Tuesday.
If you have any questions about SUMA elections, you can contact our CEO, Laurent Mougeot, at 306-525-4387 or email@example.com.
October 04, 2016
Municipalities and First Nations are invited to apply to the Community Infrastructure Partnership Project to establish joint solid waste management projects. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is delivering the program with funds from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Six partnerships between First Nations and municipalities will get facilitation and capacity building services for two years (2016-18) to develop service agreements on solid waste management, including recycling and composting. Don't miss this valuable opportunity; get your application in before the Monday, October 24 deadline. Details are available on the FCM website and in their October 4 media release.
September 16, 2016
The provincial and federal governments announced their agreement under new federal infrastructure funding programs today, and SUMA's Vice-President of Cities, Mayor Malcolm Eaton, was on hand to give remarks.
"The residents of our hometowns expect high-quality, safe, reliable infrastructure. They deserve it," said Eaton. "This funding helps us ensure urban Saskatchewan is a great place to live, work, and play."
September 08, 2016
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is launching a network to help local leaders get involved with the 150th anniversary of Confederation, and you can designate leaders from your municipality. Canada 150 Community leaders will not only serve as representatives during Canada 150 events, they will also share information and continue the network beyond the 2017 celebrations. Your choices aren't just limited to council members, and you can choose more than one. Details on who you could designate as your community leader, including a submission form, are available on the FCM website. Be part of the celebration by indentifying a leader in your community before the December 2016 deadline.
August 29, 2016
No, that's not a typo; today, Statistics Canada thanked Canadians for "making this the best census since 1666" — the first Canadian census. The response rate was 98.4 per cent overall, and 97.8 per cent for the long-form census. Statistics Canada says the response rate will have high-quality information for virtually all communities, a major shift from the 2011 data, which left nearly half of Saskatchewan communities without information. SUMA advocated for the return of the long-form census during last year's federal election, and launched a campaign this spring encouraging the people of Saskatchewan to complete the census. Thank you to everyone who completed their census (the Chief Statistician of Canada also says thank you) and we look forward to the release of data, which will begin on February 8, 2017.
August 24, 2016
Is your municipality interested in hiring a Community Safety Officer (CSO) to supplement policing and bylaw enforcement? To get a Special Constable Appointment, your CSO must have completed a six-week training course, and the next round of training will be held at the Prince Albert Campus of Saskatchewan Polytechnic from November 7–December 16. The deadline to register for next round of CSO training is Saturday, October 1, so start preparing now. More details on training are available in this poster from the Ministry of Justice. You may also want to check out the FAQs on the CSO program.
July 21, 2016
The Government of Canada plans to invest $120 billion over the next 10 years to build strong, inclusive and sustainable communities, and they want to hear from you. Phase 1 is already underway, and now the Government of Canada is inviting you to share your views on Phase 2 of Canada’s infrastructure plan.
You can provide feedback in five ways: eWorkbooks, discussion forums, photo and video submissions, written submissions, and community-led events.
The Government of Canada is particularly interested in your thoughts on four important themes:
July 06, 2016
To avoid payment delays, employees can sign up for direct deposit through GroupNet for Plan Members under the profile tab. Otherwise, cheques will be mailed once the postal disruption has ended.
June 22, 2016
Is your municipality going the extra mile? Submitting a nomination to the Saskatchewan Municipal Awards (SMAs) is a great way to get the message out about the great work happening in your community. The awards will give your municipality provincial exposure and an opportunity to showcase and gain recognition for your accomplishments.
For more information visit the Saskatchewan Municipal Awards website.
Thank you to this year's Title Sponsor, Affinity Credit Union!
June 22, 2016
Overland flooding is one of the most frequent and costly types of disaster in Canada, and the effects can be devastating for communities. The National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP) was created in 2015 to help Canadians in high-risk communities reduce the anguish and high costs associated with major flood-related events.
Through the NDMP, the Government of Canada will cost-share flood mitigation project costs: up to 50 per cent for eligible provincial projects and up to 75 per cent for eligible projects in the territories.
To receive funding, community officials should submit a proposal to their provincial or territorial contacts. The province or territory will then need to submit eligible proposals to Public Safety Canada by June 30, 2016 for projects to be eligible for this round of funding.
Various types of flood mitigation projects are eligible for funding under the NDMP, including:
June 20, 2016
Earlier this month, four representatives from Saskatchewan urban municipalities were elected to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Board of Directors:
President Button was also re-elected at the Provincial and Territorial Association representative to the FCM executive.
Congratulations to all four on their election!
May 18, 2016
As part of Canada 150 Celebrates, the Government of Canada is investing in community infrastructure. There will be $46.2 million available through Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) for the second round of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. These dollars will invest in projects aiming to rehabilitate existing community infrastructure in Western Canada, and priority will be given to:
The application window will open on Tuesday, May 24, and remain open until 3:00 p.m. (depending on our time zone) on Wednesday, June 22. Details are available in a President's Update and on the WD website.
May 10, 2016
The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed May 8–14 Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness week, and SUMA is pleased to see this emphasis on the need for diligence on this issue.
Last month, SUMA sent a joint letter to Environment Minister, Herb Cox, alongside our sister associations, the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) and the Provincial Association of Resort Communities of Saskatchewan (PARCS), urging action on aquatic invasive species. Awareness, inspections, and decontamination are critical parts of protecting our water bodies and water-related infrastructure.
SUMA welcomes the Province's acknowledgement of this issue, and we look forward to working with our partners and the province on ensuring continued progress.
May 02, 2016
The first full week of May each year is Emergency Preparedness Week, coordinated by Public Safety Canada. The theme for May1–7, 2016 is Plan. Prepare. Be Aware. There are plenty of resources available from Public Safety Canada to help you and your community make the most of this week. The toolkit is a great place to start, with tips and ideas to promote Emergency Preparedness Week in your community and workplace.
For more information, please contact info@GetPrepared.ca or call 1-800-830-3118.
May 02, 2016
SUMA met with officials from the Ministry of Government Relations last week for an update on federal infrastructure programs. This meeting followed the receipt of a letter from the federal minister of infrastructure, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, to the Ministers of Government Relations, and Highways and Infrastructure outlining details on the Government of Canada’s infrastructure programs.
New Building Canada Fund (NBCF)
Canada has asked that the province commit all remaining funds (roughly $130 million) from the small communities and the municipal portion of the national/regional program components of the NBCF - Provincial and Territorial Component to projects by March 2018.
As of April 2016, 37 projects have been approved for funding. The ministry advised that there are currently 20 projects remaining for possible approval.
Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF)
Saskatchewan has been allocated $29 million from this fund to support investments in public transit in Saskatchewan cities that report on transit ridership.
Clean Water Wastewater Fund (CWWF)
Saskatchewan will be receiving $89,342,112 for clean water and wastewater projects. The Government of Canada’s portion towards these projects will be 50 per cent of the total cost. The remaining 50 per cent will be covered by the province and local government. SUMA has communicated to the province that local governments share should be reduced to 17 per cent, while the province keeps their share at 33 per cent. No decisions have been made on the municipal/provincial funding breakdown.
SUMA does not yet have details on when applications for the PTIF and CWWF programs will be received.
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.
March 01, 2016
Last week, the federal and provincial governments announced funding for 11 infrastructure projects under the New Building Canada Pan's Small Communities Fund. Two of the projects cover drinking water, while the other nine or for wastewater. All 11 projects are taking place in municipalities with a population below 2,000. Details on the announcement and which projects are being funded are available on the Government of Canada website.
February 25, 2016
The Government of Saskatchewan announced yesterday that the revenue sharing program for 2016-17 will continue as one point of the PST (collected two years ago), with a total pool of more than $271 million. This is a roughly two per cent increase over last year's revenue sharing amount. Funding will be allocated from the total pool to the sectors as follows:
A detailed breakdown of the funding is available on the Government of Saskatchewan website.
“Our cities, towns, villages, and northern communities are grateful for the predictable funding delivered through revenue sharing, and for the partnership this funding represents,” Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) President Deb Button said. “We rely on these dollars to fund our operations, and to foster and sustain the incredible growth our communities have seen in recent years.”
February 04, 2016
Thanks to all our Convention 2016 delegates for a busy four days. Now is delegates' chance to tell us what they thought of SUMA's 111th Annual Convention. Fill out the short survey for your chance to win two nights at the Hilton Garden Inn in Saskatoon!
December 09, 2015
Yesterday, the Government of Canada announced the launch of a national inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. SUMA joined our voice to the many calling for an inquiry earlier this year — first through a resolution at Convention 2015, then as part of the quality of life theme of our federal election advocacy. We appreciate the Government of Canada's commitment and their movement forward on the inquiry.
More details on the announcement are available in this news release.
December 03, 2015
The Ministry of Government Relations issues three information bulletins last week on the conflict of interest amendments and how they pertain to each of the three municipal acts. They were emailed to all municipalities, but are also available for reference here:
Informational bulletin: The Cities Act
Informational bulletin: The Northern Municipalities Act
Informational bulletin: The Municipalities Act
November 23, 2015
As of January 1, 2016 milk containers will be obligated to be a part of municipal recycling programs in Saskatchewan. Starting January 1, 2016 SARCAN will begin a six-month phase-out of their milk recycling program.
Milk container recycling will be covered by the Multi-Material Recycling Program (MMRP) operated by the Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW). If you have not already done so, and are interested in receiving money for your residential recycling program, contact MMSW.
Details on signing up for the MMRP are available in the November 16 Urban Update, and details from SARCAN on their phase out of milk container collection is available in this letter.
November 05, 2015The 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.
November 03, 2015One of the new Liberal government's first acts will be to restore the mandatory long-form census, says the Toronto Star. SUMA is watching this file closely after the federal election, and is hopeful that Saskatchewan municipalities will once again have access to the valuable data provided by the long-form census. (See our municipal issues backgrounder in the 2015 Federal Election Advocacy Hub for more details on why the census is important to Saskatchewan's cities, towns, and villages.)
October 27, 2015Late Monday, Canada Post announced it is re-evaluating its path forward, given the challenges in the postal system.
October 22, 2015
Since Monday's federal election, there has been several places to see the municipal reaction to the results of election day.
Thank you to SUMA members from President Button
Sask. cities eager for Liberals' infrastructure plan
Atchison welcomes Trudeau government
For all the information from our efforts during the campaign, see the 2015 Federal Election Advocacy Hub:
October 09, 2015
September 24, 2015
September 18, 2015The City of Prince Albert announced today that they are donating almost $20,000 to six projects as a result of a successful tournament and thanks to the contributions of private sponsors. For all the details on the donations, see the city's media release.
August 19, 2015
See the story in the Moose Jaw Times Herald about the city's improved worker safety record, and how it meant a $148,617.45 payment.
August 05, 2015Funding was announced last week for 26 Saskatchewan projects through the New Building Canada Plan's Small Communities Fund. These projects total $11,517,336 each from the federal and provincial governments, with a matching amount coming from the individual municipal governments.
August 03, 2015
As the fires in northern Saskatchewan continue, the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) offers words of support to affected communities and residents. Our northern communities have many strong leaders, who are working extremely hard on behalf of their communities. Many of our other members are also to be commended for their cooperation and support.
"SUMA applauds everyone who has reached a hand out to their neighbour in this unprecedented emergency situation," said SUMA President Debra Button. "SUMA knows the value of municipal cooperation, and we are proud to see our cities, towns, and villages helping one another. I encourage all municipal leaders to think about what we can do to help."
July 13, 2015
|2016||1||Maintenance, Repair, Operations (MRO)|
July 06, 2015
June 17, 2015Today, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) launched a new program to help municipalities better understand, navigate and reduce the barriers to brownfield redevelopment. FCM unveiled the program at the Canadian Brownfields Network’s annual conference in Toronto, ON.
June 08, 2015Congratulations to the City of North Battleford on winning a national municipal environment award for your biosolids management program. The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) presented its 2015 CAMA Environment Award, in the under 20,000 population category, last week.
May 20, 2015This morning, SUMA sent out a special edition President's Update to alert our members about a new infrastructure grant program. The program opened yesterday and closes Wednesday, June 17, so we want to be sure all Saskatchewan urban municipalities have a chance to apply for this program. The program will invest $150 million over two years in projects that rehabilitate or improve cultural and community infrastructure.
May 12, 2015Congratulations to the 14 urban municipalities and one RM that received funding from the province through the Community Airport Partnership (CAP). The funds – part of a cost-shared program – will be delivered to:
May 06, 2015The 2014 bylaw in the City of Prince Albert prohibiting taxi-cabs from going through drive-thru liquor outlets has been upheld in the Saskatchewan court of appeal. Read the CBC story for more details.
April 24, 2015Today, 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.
April 02, 2015April 2 is National Employee Benefits Day, and Great West Life – the provider SUMA contracts for many of our group benefits plans – has created several videos on benefits that you may enjoy. Take a few minutes today to learn more.
March 18, 2015
March 11, 2015At Convention 2013, Mayor Debra Button was elected the first female president of SUMA. While she was in Saskatoon for Convention 2015, Jenn Sharp from The StarPhoenix and Bridges newspapers interviewed her for a profile. The article was published this morning, and President Button covers topics from her life as a woman in municipal politics to her role as the voice for Saskatchewan's urban municipalities and plenty more.
February 10, 2015
January 12, 2015Late last week, amidst news that the provincial government is considering cuts to municipal revenue sharing, SUMA President Debra Button talked with Premier Brad Wall via phone. This article on Discover Weyburn explains more.
January 09, 2015As falling oil prices tightens the provincial budget, Premier Brad Wall has gone on record saying that cuts to the Municipal Operating Grant (also known as revenue sharing) are "on the table" for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Read the full article on the Leader-Post website.
December 15, 2014The Building Standards and Licensing Branch of the Ministry of Government Relations is hosting free workshops around the province from January 14-April 22. The workshops will provide information related to the building and fire code requirements for small care homes that accommodate 10 or fewer total occupants. The presentation will include information related to whether occupants in care are capable of self preservation and the requirements for automatic sprinkler systems. Workshops are offered to service providers, program consultants, industry, municipal officials, building officials, fire officials, designers, and all other Code users.
|January 14||8:30 a.m. to Noon||Regina|
|January 28||8:30 a.m. to Noon||Humboldt|
|February 11||8:30 a.m. to Noon||Melfort|
|March 4||8:30 a.m. to Noon||Estevan|
|March 18||8:30 a.m. to Noon||Saskatoon|
|April 8||8:30 a.m. to Noon||North Battleford|
|April 8||5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.||Meadow Lake|
|April 21||1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.||Moose Jaw|
|April 22||8:30 a.m. to Noon||Swift Current|
November 24, 2014The Provincial Terrritorial Infrastructure Component (PTIC) of the New Building Canada Fund (NBCF) is now open for applications. There is $240.2 million in matching funding available for municipalities – over 10 years – on projections of national, regional, and local significance. There is a focus on projects that "support economic growth, a clean environment, stronger communities, growth in export and trade, as well as projects that meet the opportunities and challenges of growth."
November 13, 2014The deadline for submitting resolutions for Convention 2015 is coming up quickly! Resolutions need to be sent to SUMA by Friday, November 21. All the details on submitting your resolution are available in the call for resolutions. You may also want to review the new Resolutions Policy and past resolutions as you work on your own resolution.
September 11, 2014
September 08, 2014SUMA sends safe travel wishes as President Debra Button travels to Kiev, Ukraine this week. As the gender representative for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), President Button is attending a conference hosted by the Association of Ukranian Cities. The Weyburn Review has more details on President Button's trip.
August 20, 2014This year's Mayors Summer School wrapped up Tuesday, and Leader-Post reporter wrote a story about the experience. You can check it out in Wednesday's Leader-Post. We've also created a photo album on our Facebook page documenting the action for those who couldn't make it.
August 13, 2014The executive vice-president of the Business Council of British Columbia has named Regina and Saskatoon among the "stars" of Canadian cities, based on median family incomes across 33 metropolitan areas. Jock Finlayson calls the cities' strong showing reflective of Saskatchewan's "buoyant economy and enviable basket of export-oriented commodity industries."
July 24, 2014Thanks to higher PST revenues in the last fiscal year, the pool for the municipal operating grant is going to be $8.3 million bigger in 2015-16. The revenue sharing program is based on one percentage point of the PST. Since it began in 2007, the Saskatchewan-made funding program has made our municipalities the envy of our counterparts across Canada.
June 30, 2014You have until Wednesday, July 16 to register for Mayors Summer School! Join us August 17-19 on the University of Regina campus for a one-of-a-kind experience with mayors from across the province. To get all the details, and find the registration form, visit the event page now.
June 02, 2014
May 30, 2014Is your municipality doing something new, innovative, ahead of the curve – maybe even award worthy? Are you working with neighbouring municipalities? Submit a nomination for the eighth annual Saskatchewan Municipal Awards! This is your chance to be recognized in front of your peers at our next convention.
May 12, 2014Beginning 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.
May 08, 2014
May 05, 2014
John Firnesz and Luella Newman
Director of Policy and Communications
Managers – Program; Communication, Information and Research
Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association
Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association
April 15, 2014SUMA members, we want your feedback. Please fill out this quick survey on the partners' program we run during our annual convention. Your responses will help us plan a successful Convention 2015.
April 03, 2014
March 26, 2014
March 20, 2014The provincial government released the 2014-2015 budget yesterday afternoon in the legislature.
March 10, 2014The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released a report entitled “Municipalities Are Richer Than They Think” on February 24, 2014. The report says when all revenues received by cities are calculated, including transfers and user fees, the actual amount of funds received by cities amounts to 15 cents out of every tax dollar in Canada rather than 8 cents argued by FCM. The report concludes that instead of a revenue problem, cities have a spending problem. The report was released the day before the FCM Big City Mayors Caucus meetings in Ottawa on February 25 and 26.
March 05, 2014
February 12, 2014The 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. Yesterday’s budget lacked details regarding the Building Canada Fund (BCF) despite the 10-year, $14 billion fund being announced in the 2013 federal budget.
February 06, 2014Thanks to everyone who attended Convention 2014! We want to know what you thought of this year's event, so please take a moment to fill out the evaluation, and be entered into a draw for a gift certificate.
January 31, 2014
January 10, 2014
January 09, 2014Ted Jaleta, the keynote speaker for Convention 2014, and his Jaleta Pacers running group hit the news this week. If you want to find out a bit more about Ted and his work in the community, check out the Leader-Post article from January 5. Ted talks about why and how he and his team do the work in the community.
December 19, 2013Congratulations to the more than 300 communities that received their share of the Community Rink Affordability Grant. Today, the government announced almost $1.6 million would go to 520 facilities across the province. The grant is administered and delivered by our partners at the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association.
December 04, 2013Last week, SUMA President Debra Button travelled to Ottawa for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Advocacy Days. While there she met with members of the federal government and opposition, and the senate.