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

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President Button called "a role model for all women"

March 11, 2015

At Convention 2013, Mayor Debra Button was elected the first female president of SUMA. While she was in Saskatoon for Convention 2015, Jenn Sharp from

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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

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President Button Talked to Premier Wall

January 12, 2015

Late last week, amidst news that the provincial government is considering cuts to municipal revenue sharing, SUMA President Debra Button talked with Premier

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Premier Says Revenue Sharing Cuts Possible

January 9, 2015

As falling oil prices tightens the provincial budget, Premier Brad Wall has gone on record saying that cuts to the Municipal Operating Grant (also known

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Free Workshops on Building and Fire Code Requirements for Alternative Family Care Homes

January 6, 2015

The Building Standards and Licensing Branch of the Ministry of Government Relations is hosting free workshops around the province from January 14-April

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Applications Open for New Building Canada Fund

November 24, 2014

The Provincial Terrritorial Infrastructure Component (PTIC) of the New Building Canada Fund (NBCF) is now open for applications. There is $240.2 million

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Resolution Deadline Approaching

November 13, 2014

The deadline for submitting resolutions for Convention 2015 is coming up quickly! Resolutions need to be sent to SUMA by Friday, November 21. All the

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Voluntary Compliance Period for Land Surveys Ending October 4, 2014

September 11, 2014

Amendments to The Land Survey Regulations, 2014 came into force on June 12, 2014. The amendments require all plans to be:
  • submitted in an electronic format

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SUMA President Travelling to Ukraine

September 8, 2014

SUMA sends safe travel wishes as President Debra Button travels to Kiev, Ukraine this week. As the gender representative for the Federation of Canadian

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SUMA's Second Mayors Summer School a Success

August 20, 2014

This 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

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Signs of Economic Growth: Regina and Saskatoon named "star" cities

August 13, 2014

The executive vice-president of the Business Council of British Columbia has named Regina and Saskatoon among the "stars" of Canadian cities,

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Another Increase for Municipal Operating Grant

July 24, 2014

Thanks 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

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Register Now for Mayors Summer School!

July 7, 2014

You 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

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Flooding: Information from the Ministry of Government Relations

The Ministry of Government Relations has provided the following information for municipalities, in light of the recent flooding. 
  • Municipalities

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Nominate Your Municipality - Saskatchewan Municipal Awards Now Open

June 2, 2014

Is your municipality doing something new, innovative, ahead of the curve – maybe even award worthy? Are you working with neighbouring municipalities?

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SUMA Board Members Running for FCM Board

May 29, 2014

Beginning tomorrow, representatives from municipalities across Canada will gather in Niagara Falls, Ontario for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities

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$700,000 for Community Airports

May 12, 2014

SUMA has long advocated for sustainable funding for community airports. In 2010, the SUMA Board of Directors endorsed a policy advocating for additional

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Regional Recreation Collaboration Research

May 5, 2014

The Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) and the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) have entered a partnership to collect

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We Want Your Feedback!

April 15, 2014

SUMA members, we want your feedback. Please fill out this quick survey on the partners' program we run during our annual convention. Your responses will

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New Building Canada Fund Update

April 3, 2014

On Friday, March 28, 2014, the Government of Canada launched the New Building Canada Fund (NBCF) – a $14 billion, 10-year plan to invest in provincial,

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Recycling Infrastructure Grant Program Launched

March 26, 2014

You may have heard last month that the Ministry of  Environment is partnering with SUMA to manage a grant to support municipal recycling

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2014-2015 Provincial Budget

March 20, 2014

The provincial government released the 2014-2015 budget yesterday afternoon in the legislature.

SUMA's response is that we are pleased with the investment

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CFIB Report on "Rich Municipalities" Misleading

March 10, 2013

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released a report entitled “Municipalities Are Richer Than They Think” on February

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Request for Proposal: Inter-Municipal Recreation Services Research Project

March 5, 2014

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) and the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) are partnering on a research project

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SUMA Urges Federal Government Action on Building Canada Fund

February 12, 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

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Convention 2014 Evaluation and Grey Cup Photos

February 6, 2014

Thanks 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,

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SUMA Gets Social

SUMA is proud to announce that you can now also keep up with all our news on social media. You can follow us on Twitter @SUMA_amplify, and like us on

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Bridge Funding Deadline Approaching

January 10, 2014

The deadline to submit documentation for the second round of the 2013 Municipal Recycling Bridge Funding Program is fast approaching. SUMA must receive

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Reading Up on the Keynote Speaker

January 8, 2014

Ted 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

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Almost $1.6 Million for Community Rinks

December 19, 2013

Congratulations to the more than 300 communities that received their share of the Community Rink Affordability Grant. Today, the government announced

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President Button Takes SUMA's Voice to Ottawa

December 4, 2013

Last week, SUMA President Debra Button travelled to Ottawa for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Advocacy Days. While there she met with members

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The Trouble with Flushables

November 21, 2013

CBC's Blue Sky had a story on Wednesday on the rise of supposedly flushable items, and the problems they cause for towns and cities across the province.

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Registration Open for SUMA Convention 2014

November 7, 2013

This morning, SUMA emailed out the registration information and link to our members. We have also posted all the relevant information on the Convention

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Consulting on Fine Revenue Distribution

October 21, 2013

The distribution of fine revenue from traffic offenses has been a longstanding issue for SUMA members.  Right now, only 108 towns in the province

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Get Ready for Building Canada Fund Soon

October 7, 2013

A recent update from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities tells us that the federal government has confirmed that the Building Canada Fund will

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Submit Resolutions for Convention 2014

September 19, 2013


We encourage members to submit resolutions anytime throughout the year, but for Convention 2014, council resolutions must be received by Friday,

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Finance Folk: Registration Open Until Friday for GFOA Conference

September 10, 2013

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of Western Canada still have room at their conference, happening next week in Saskatoon. Register now

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Two Advocacy Success Stories for SUMA

August 21, 2013

The last week has brought two pieces of news showing success in SUMA's advocacy efforts.

On the provincial level, last week the government announced that

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MMRP Program Plan Submitted to Ministry of Environment

August 9, 2013

Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW) has submitted the Waste Packaging and Paper (WPP) Stewardship Plan to the Ministry of Environment for review.

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Upcoming Deadline for the 2013 Municipal Recycling Bridge Funding Program

July 29, 2013

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 is the final deadline to receive the $150.00 bonus payment for the 2013 Municipal Recycling Bridge Funding Program. Existing

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Government of Saskatchewan Endorses Partnership to Support Martensville Multi-Purpose Facility

July 23, 2013

The planned expansion of Martensville High School has just received a helping hand from the Government of Saskatchewan, who partnered with the Prairie

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Lac-Megantic Tragedy: UMQ Appeals for Municipal Solidarity

July 9, 2013

The Union of Quebec Municipalities (UMQ), issued an appeal this week to the entire municipal sector for solidarity in helping the town of Lac-Mégantic

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SUMA Launches 2013 Recycling Funding Program

July 2, 2013

The Municipal Recycling Bridge Funding Program (also known as the Bridge Funding Program) has launched for another year. The program will accept new applicants

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President's Update - June 2013

June 28, 2013

 See the President's Update for June 2013, with notes from the June Board meeting. 

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SUMA Continuing the Legacy as Communities of Tomorrow Winds Down

June 27, 2013

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) will honour the commitment of Communities of Tomorrow (CT) by co‐ordinating a $200,000

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More on Rainwater Harvesting

June 17, 2013

The summer edition of Urban Voice included an article on protecting infrastructure by harvesting rainwater with rain barrels. If you're looking for more

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Urban Voice Correction

June 10, 2013

The summer edition of Urban Voice includes an article exploring P3s in Saskatchewan. The Consulting Engineers of Saskatchewan wish to clarify their position.

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Learn to Adapt Infrastructure for Severe Weather and a Changing Climate

May 27, 2013

 The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Canadian Standards Association have created a course to help municipal staff and service

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New Website to Keep Up on MMRP

May 22, 2013

Multi-Material Stewardship Western has set up a website covering the creation of the program to manage household waste packaging and paper in Saskatchewan.

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$700,000 for Community Airports

May 9, 2013

SUMA has long advocated for sustainable funding for community airports. In 2010, the SUMA Board of Directors endorsed a policy advocating for additional

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Humboldt Hosts Hot Topic Infrastructure Conference

May 7, 2013

The first-ever Municipal Infrastructure Conference in Saskatchewan was hosted by the City of Humboldt last month. The conference focussed specifically

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Cheveldayoff Urges Mitigation Projects "as soon as possible"

April 29, 2013

As of last week, more than $1.6 million has been set aside through the Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program. More than 300 clients will receive funding

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Province-wide Household Hazardous Waste Management Program Coming

April 23, 2013

The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council (SWRC) and the Ministry of Environment are beginning a new partnership. Together, they will create a province-wide

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Confused About the Code?

April 19, 2013

After hearing concerns about the proposed Environmental Code at the SUMA and SARM conventions, the Ministry of Environment created some documents to help

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$1 Million for Recycling in 2013-2014

April 16, 2013

The provincial government has extended funding for the Municipal Recycling Bridge Funding Program for paper and cardboard into the 2013-14 year. The new

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Retailers Now Accepting Scrap Tires From Residents

April 11, 2013

As part of their efforts to remove and recycle all scrap tires in Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation (SSTC) has introduced the Return

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Flood Preparedness Program to Help Saskatchewan Communities

April 4, 2013

Today, the government of Saskatchewan confirmed it will help Saskatchewan residents facing the threat of flooding through the 2013 Emergency Flood Damage

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Exclusive Pricing on Municipal World Subscriptions

March 27, 2013

SUMA is partnered with Municipal World to offer a 12-month subscription at a discount of 42 per cent off the full price subscription fee.  


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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

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Province Announces Record Revenue Sharing

March 18, 2013

Thanks to an increase in revenue received through the provincial sales tax (PST), municipalities will see the highest revenue sharing totals yet in 2013-14.

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New Board Prepares to Meet

March 18, 2013

This Friday, the SUMA Board of Directors will meet for the first time since the new Board has been in place. The Board now includes:

President: Mayor

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Provincial Government Holds The Line On Education Property Tax

March 13, 2013

Today, Premier Wall announced that the overal amount of education property tax levied in Saskatchewan will remain steady in 2013. This means that the

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Saskatchewan Cities Driving Growth

February 15, 2013

According to the Conference Board of Canada, Saskatoon and Regina will be the fastest growing metropolitan growth, not just in Saskatchewan, but across

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SUMA Advocacy Funding

February 25, 2013

At the SUMA convention this year, delegates had the chance to provide feedback to Board members on the proposal to increase membership fees to create

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Winter Roof Collapse Hazard-SUMAssure Risk Control Bulletin

February 21, 2013

SUMAssure, Saskatchewan's first home-grown insurance reciprocal, provides benefits to subscribers on top of the low premiums. Risk management information

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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

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Investing in Infrastructure Good for the Economy: Canada West Foundation

February 7, 2013

The latest research from the Canada West Foundation concludes that Canada’s governments should maintain a high level of investment in public infrastructure

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SUMA Executive Election: Platform Documents Available

January 29, 2013

SUMA has platform documents available for all candidates currently running for positions on the SUMA Executive Committee. See the list of candidates and

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Inter-Connections Available Again

February 1, 2013

The Municipal Capacity Development Program (MCDP) has released a new issue of its newsletter, Inter-Connections. The January 2013 issue includes

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Proposed New Federal Ridings Presented in the House of Commons

January 31, 2013

SUMA is pleased to see that the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Saskatchewan has proposed the creation of urban only ridings in the cities

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SGI Announces 2013 Rates for Fire Suppression & Vehicle Extrication Services

January 29, 2013

SGI presented SUMA, SARM, The Saskatchewan Fire Chiefs Association and The Saskatchewan Volunteer Fire Fighters Association with the 2013 rates for Fire

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More Than $1.6 Million Goes to Community Rinks

January 28, 2013

Through the Community Rink Affordability Grant, the Government of Saskatchewan paid out more than $1.6 million dollars to 387 communities for 554 facilities

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Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Calls for More Money for Infrastructure

January 24, 2013

A new study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says the "underinvestment in infrasturucture is not a crisis but a chronic problem in

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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

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Help Protect Canada's Infrastructure with FCM Campaign

January 17, 2013

The Great Canadian Infrastructure Challenge, put on by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), continues. In a recent blog post and new video

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Attend the CMHC Housing Outlook Conference

January 16, 2013

The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is hosting a Housing Outlook Conference for Saskatchewan on February 14, in Regina. You can check

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Apply for the CAP Airport Infrastructure Grant

January 15, 2013

The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure is accepting application for the Community Airport Partnership (CAP) program to eligible airports in southern

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Upcoming Deadline for Recycling Bridge Funding Program

January 14, 2012

The deadline to submit your information for the second payment of the 2012 Municipal Recycling Bridge Funding Program is February 18, 2013. Participants

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Gas Tax Fund Calculator Shows How Funding has Helped Communities

January 11, 2013

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has created a Gas Tax Fund Calculator to show how federal funding has helped communities across Canada.

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Saskatoon and Regina in Top Five for Economic Activity

January 4, 2013

Regina placed third and Saskatoon came in fifth in the country for economic activity. Yesterday, CIBC released an economic snapshot of 25 Canadian

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Make Your Municipality Heard in Federal Pre-budget Consultations

December 17, 2012

In the lead-up to the 2013 federal budget, the Department of Finance has launched a nationwide public consultation and is inviting Canadians to submit

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SUMA Board Meeting Highlights: December 7-8, 2012

December 13, 2012

  • The SUMA Board of Directors met for the first time after the October 24 municipal elections. Several new directors attended their first-ever SUMA board

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Apply Now for 2013 Celebrate Canada Funding!

December 10, 2012

The Department of Canadian Heritage is now accepting applications that could financially support your community's summer celebrations. Funding is available

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Mayors looking for revenue-sharing update, cutting of red tape

December 5, 2012

The mayors of Saskatchewan's cities want the province to ensure growth is more than just a buzzword.

The mayors’ caucus of the Saskatchewan

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SUMA Announces Recipients of Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal

December 4, 2012

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) will be distributing 12 Diamond Jubilee medals this Friday, recognizing elected officials and

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Register Now for Winter 2013 MLDP Modules

November 30, 2012

The Municipal Leadership Development Program (MLDP) is now accepting registrations for the winter 2013 modules. A listing of dates and locations are available

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Changes to Municipal Acts

November 28, 2012

Last week, the provincial government introduced bills to amend the three acts governing municipalities. The bills to amend The Cities Act,  The Municipalities

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FCM Launches The Great Canadian Infrastructure Challenge

November 9, 2012

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) launched The Great Canadian Infrastructure Challenge this week. FCM wants to get Canadians more involved

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Elected Officials Handbook Available Online

November 9, 2012

SUMA wants our elected officials to be fully informed, and so we send out a handbook after municipal elections. Watch for copies for your municipality

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Provincial Percentages of Value Released

November 8, 2012

Yesterday, Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter released the provincial percentages of value used to set property taxes for the 2013 taxation year.

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Make Interconnections with MCDP

November 7, 2012

Another issue of the Interconnections newsletter from the Municipal Capacity Development Program (MCDP) is available for your reading pleasure. The latest

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Engagement with First Nations and Metis Communities

November 6, 2012

The Ministry of Government Relations is leading the development of a Proponent Handbook – Engagement with First Nations and Métis Communities

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Congratulations to CIIF Recipients in Urban Saskatchewan

November 5, 2012

The federal government announced the recipients of the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF). The $46.2 million fund supports, on a cost-shared

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FCM Seeking Nominations for Queen's Diamond Jubilee

November 2, 2012

The Diamond Jubilee marks the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Diamond Jubilee

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SUMA Welcomes New Councils

October 29, 2012

SUMA wants to congratulate elected officials across the province, as councils come together anew after last week's elections. We also want to take this

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SPRA Needs Your Input

October 29, 2012

One of SUMA's partner organizations, the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA), needs your input.

SPRA is collecting data on programs available

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A New City, New Councils, the New Saskatchewan

October 24, 2012

It’s great week in urban Saskatchewan. Today, citizens of Saskatchewan exercise their democratic rights by voting. The excitement continues tomorrow,

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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

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Agendas for Regional Meetings Now Available

October 16, 2012

You can now check out the agenda and register for the regional meetings happening next month. Each region has its own agenda, registration form and deadline,

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Saskatchewan Cities Tops for Entrepreneurs

October 16, 2012

Five of the Top 10 Overall Entrepreneurial Cities are in Saskatchewan. Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, Lloydminster, and Prince Albert all made the list,

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SUMA's Path to Growth: Building Our Saskatchewan

October 12, 2012

SUMA is prepared to build on our partnership with the provincial government to help our province grow. Urban Saskatchewan is where growth is happening,

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Murray Mandryk: Wall's Plan Must Target Cities

October 9, 2012

Political columnist Murray Mandryk devoted his weekend column to talking about Premier Brad Wall's upcoming economic plan, and how the road to stronger

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Call for Resolutions: Convention 2013

October 4, 2012

The deadline for resolutions for the 2013 convention is approaching. We encourage you to submit resolutions anytime throughout the year, but for the 2013

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Getting Ready for Asset Management Workshop

September 28, 2012

The Saskatchewan Municipal Asset Management team has put together an upcoming webinar called Getting Ready for Asset Management. Professional engineer

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Leader-Post editorial: Democracy depends upon participation

September 27, 2012

Today's editorial in the Leader-Post points out the impact that urban governments have on the daily life of citizens, and urges voters to get to the polls

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Capital Rent Subsidy Pilot Program

September 25, 2012

The Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC) announced a new pilot program called the Capital Rent Subsidy. The program is funded by the provincial and

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SUMA Board Meeting Highlights - September 21-22, 2012

September 24, 2012

  • The Board endorsed the comments provided by the Environment Committee on of the 25 Year Saskatchewan Water Security Strategy. While SUMA is seeking some

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How Infrastructure Fits into the Partnership Equation

September 12, 2012

Right before the National Infrastructure Summit kicked off in Regina Monday, Mayor Pat Fiacco was on the Global Morning Show. He discussed the summit,

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Government Launches Community Rink Affordability Grant

September 12, 2012

The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport has launched the Community Rink Affordability Grant. The grant is a program for Saskatchewan communities to register

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National Report Card says Canada's Municipal Infrastructure "At Risk"

September 11, 2012

Saskatchewan municipalities' infrastructure is at risk, according to the first-ever Canadian Infrastructure Report Card. This major new study was

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Mayor Fiacco Talks About Being Partners in Building our Saskatchewan

September 7, 2012

Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco appeared on CTV Morning Live Regina yesterday to discuss SUMA and the Partners in Building our Saskatchewan campaign.

Watch Mayor

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Estevan: Southeastern Saskatchewan's Boomtown

September 6, 2012

This Leader-Post article, first in a three-part series, showcases the story of one of Saskatchewan's booming cities, and how growth is affecting

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Premier Says Government "Open" to Additional Funding for Municipalities

September 5, 2012

Premier Brad Wall said in an interview this week that his government should remain open to funding for municipalities over and above the revenue sharing

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From the Desk of the Mayor: Discover Moose Jaw

September 4, 2012

Moose Jaw Mayor Glenn Hagel used his regular column on Discover Moose Jaw to talk about what his city has been able to do thanks to a partnership with

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Letter to the Editor: Lloydminster Source

August 31, 2012

The Lloydminster Source included a letter from Mayor Jeff Mulligan highlighting the projects possible in his city thanks to SUMA's partnership with the

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Letter to the Editor: Estevan Mercury

August 30, 2012

The Estevan Mercury included a letter from Mayor Gary St. Onge highlighting the projects possible in his city thanks to SUMA's partnership with the Government

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John Gormley Calls Partners in Building Our Saskatchewan a "Classy Move"

August 29, 2012

NewsTalk radio host John Gormley used his 60 Seconds with John Gormley segment to praise the Partners in Building our Saskatchewan campaign.

Listen to

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Watch the Partners in Building our Saskatchewan Press Conference

August 28, 2012

Video from the press conference launching the Partners in Building our Saskatchewan campaign is now available on YouTube. You can see the complete conference,

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Lloydminister Source Highlights Campaign

August 27, 2012

Thursday's edition of the Lloydminster Source had the Partners in Building Our Saskatchewan Campaign as their cover story.

"The Saskatchewan Urban

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StarPhoenix Editorial Says Cities Need Infrastructure Help

August 23, 2012

Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter's inclination might be to run the other way when he's offered a penny (tax) for his thoughts, but that doesn't

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Partners in Building Our Saskatchewan Campaign Covered by Newstalk

August 21, 2012

NewsTalk covered the launch of the Partners in Building Our Saskatchewan campaign launch yesterday in Saskatoon.

"The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities

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Partners in Building Our Saskatchewan Campaign Kicks Off

August 20, 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

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September Public Sector Digest Article on Municipal Operating Grant

August 16, 2012

The Public Sector Digest (PSD) for September features an article from SUMA's CEO Laurent Mougeot. PSD is a monthly research publication that

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Provincial Government Moving Toward Water Strategy

August 14, 2012

The Government of Saskatchewan expects the 25 Year Saskatchewan Water Security Plan will be announced this fall. In the next step toward putting

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Five Strictly Urban Seats on Redrawn Federal Electoral Map of Saskatchewan

August 8, 2012

The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Saskatchewan has proposed  five urban-only electoral districts - two in Regina and three in Saskatoon.

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MCDP Sends Out Its Newest Newsletter

August 9, 2012

The latest edition of Interconnections hit inboxes at the end of July. This issue covers topics like communicating and how to do it best, community engagement,

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CIBC Paper: Federal Investment in Infrastructure Best Response to Another Recession

July 31, 2012

If Canada finds itself in another economic depression soon, a new CIBC report suggests that the best way to fight it is a federal investment in infrastructure

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SUMA Weighs In on Federal Long-term Infrastructure Program

July 30, 2012

SUMA President Allan Earle joined representatives from across the province today at a round table consultation in Regina on developing a federal

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Finalists announced for Morph My City Challenge

July 27, 2012

 As part of the 2012 National Infrastructure Summit happening in Regina September 10-12, IBM is presenting the Morph My City Challenge. The challenge

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Proposed Constituency Boundaries Reflect Urbanization

July 23, 2012

The interim report from the Saskatchewan Provincial Boundaries Commission includes proposed new boundaries, and reflects the shift in Saskatchewan population

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Golf Tournament Wrap Up

July 20, 2012

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2012 SUMA Golf Tournament in North Battleford July 12-13. Results and photos are posted on the 2012 Golf Tournament

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New Federal Wastewater Regulations Released - FCM calls for National Funding Plan to meet them

July 19, 2012

The federal government announced implementation of new wastewater regulations yesterday, after consultation with communities across Canada.  The

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$46 Million for Infrastructure in Western Canada

July 16, 2012

Last week, Western Economic Diversification Canada announced they will invest more than $46 million in infrastructure for Western Canada.  The funds

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Municipal Ministers: Long-term Infrastructure Plan is a Top Priority

July 12, 2012

Provincial and territorial ministers responsible for municipal governments had a united message going into last week's meeting in Kananaskis, Alberta:

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MCDP Inter-municipal Conference - Save the Date!

July 5, 2012

MCDP will be hosting Saskatchewan's first inter-municipal conference on November 28 and 29, 2012 at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Centre in Regina.

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Long-term Debt Limits in Saskatchewan: Challenges and Opportunities

July 3, 2012

At the June SUMA Board Meeting, students from the Policy Shop (a student-managed consulting firm run by the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate Students' Association) presented

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SUMA Board Meeting Highlights: June 22-23, 2012

June 28, 2012

  • The Board endorsed the 2013 SAMA Business and Financial Plan which requests a 5.5 per cent funding increase from the province and proposes the introduction

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Saskatchewan Communities among Best Places to Live, for Jobs, to Raise Kids, and to Retire

June 20, 2012

Six Saskatchewan cities made the ranks for Canada’s Best Places lists, even hitting the top 10 in three of the four lists. Compiled by Moneysense,

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2012 Municipal Bridge Funding Program Accepting Applicants

June 18, 2012

The 2012 Municipal Recycling Bridge Funding Program will be accepting new applicants until July 31, 2012.  
To be eligible for the 2012 Bridge

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Preparing to Work with New Cabinet on Growth Agenda

May 31, 2012

Premier Brad Wall reorganized provincial cabinet on Friday, May 25. Significant changes include:

  • Honourable Jim Reiter, MLA for Rosetown-Elrose,

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FCM Unveils New Annual Report on the State of Canada's Cities and Communities

May 31, 2012

Earlier this week in Ottawa, Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) President Berry Vrbanovic spoke to the Economic Club about how our cities and

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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

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Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association and Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association Announce Partnership Agreement

May 16, 2012

Today, the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) and the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) announced a partnership agreement

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Government Provides $700,000 to Improve Community Airports

May 4, 2012

Highways and Infrastructure Minister Jim Reiter announced today 15 airports have been approved for grants through the Community Airport Partnership (CAP)

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Saskatoon gives low-income seniors a tax break

May 1, 2012

Saskatoon has joined a number of other Canadian cities in giving low-income seniors a break when it comes to municipal taxes.

City council on Monday approved

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Western Canadian Municipalities Seek more Investment in Infrastructure

April 27, 2012

The provincial urban and rural municipal associations from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba met today in Regina to discuss issues of common interest.

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Western provinces led growth in 2011

April 27, 2012

Alberta led the country in economic growth in 2011, followed closely by Saskatchewan, Statistics Canada says.

The Canadian economy as a whole expanded

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Minister Fast to Protect Municipal Interests

April 27, 2012

On April 27, the federal Minister for International Trade Ed Fast publicly affirmed the Government of Canada’s commitment to respect FCM’s

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Voter ID Information Workshops

April 23, 2012

As of March 2012 the requirements for voter identification for municipal general elections have changed. All voters are required to provide the proper

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2012 Local Government Election Workshop

April 17, 2012

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs (Advisory Services) in cooperation with
the Urban Municipal Administrators’ Association of Saskatchewan (UMAAS)

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La Ronge Does Census Re-Count

April 17, 2012

The town of La Ronge has disagreed with the latest data from Census Canada, and has appealed to have the count redone.

That means workers will be out

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2nd Annual Housing & Development Summit

April 9, 2012

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Saskatchewan, in partnership with Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, presents the 2nd Annual Housing

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FCM Responds to Federal Government's 2012 Budget

On Thursday, March 29, 2012, FCM provided a statement responding to the 2012 federal budget on behalf of Canadian municipal governments. The full text

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Provincial Budget Invests in Urban Governments

March 21, 2012

“The 2012-13 provincial budget provides investments for many key urban priorities, despite falling short in the critical area of urban infrastructure,”

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SUMA Reacts to Policing Cost Increases

March 16, 2012

The Government of Saskatchewan today announced that urban governments with a population under 5,000 will see an eight per cent increase to the per capita

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Municipal Datacall for MMRP Starts this Month

March 16, 2012

Environment Minister Dustin Duncan announced March 13 that a datacall for MMRP starts this month. This datacall is designed to gather baseline information

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2012-13 Community Airport Partnership Program: Deadline March 30, 2012

March 16, 2012

The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure (MHI) is once again offering the Community Airport Partnership (CAP) Program  to eligible airports

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SUMA to receive $398,000 to sustain municipal recycling

March 12, 2012

SUMA is pleased with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment’s March 12 announcement about the extension of the current Municipal Recycling Bridge

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Go Green Funding Helps Saskatchewan Recycling Programs

March 12, 2012

Recycling programs in Saskatchewan will receive a total of $1.5 million from the province's Go Green Fund.

"The development of a province-wide paper

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Buffalo Pound Community Council becomes official

March 6, 2012

Excerpted from the Moose Jaw Times Herald (Carter Haydu)

Seven communities surrounding Buffalo Pound Lake have officially joined forces by signing the

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2011 census spreadsheet for Saskatchewan

March 5, 2012

SUMA has compiled information provided by Statistics Canada pertaining to urban municipalities which participated in the 2011 census, into a comprehensive

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Premier warns of belt-tightening ahead for Saskatchewan

February 29, 2012

Excerpted from the Regina Leader Post, February 28, 2012

The Saskatchewan Party government’s spring budget could see some programs cut and require

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Cities need more cash

February 23, 2012

Van Isman, Saskatchewan's deputy minister of municipal affairs, may not have any idea of how the battle over revenue sharing will shake out, but half

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Save the Date: Housing & Development Summit

February 21, 2012

Plan to attend the Housing & Development Summit April 24-25 at the Ramada Hotel in Regina.

The first day will center around "Painting the

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Yorkton This Week Editorial: Side meetings important part of SUMA

February 16, 2012

(Excerpted from Yorkton This Week, Feb. 8 edition)

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association annual conference was held last week, and while

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Growing population requires more funding: SUMA

February 14, 2012

(Excerpt of article by Thomas Miller, Lloydminster Source)

At the 107th annual Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) convention at the

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Grenfell Sun coverage of 107th Annual SUMA Convention

February 13, 2012

(Alison Sebastian, Grenfell Sun, February 11, 2012)

Local representatives were among more than 1,000 delegates representing Saskatchewan’s cities,

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Growing Urban Population Requires Infrastructure Investment

February 8, 2012

Census numbers for 2011 were released today. They showed that Saskatchewan's population reflects its growing economy, with a 6.7% overall growth,

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Environmental Code change presentation available to download

February 8, 2012

Following a February 8 meeting on changes to Saskatchewan's Environmental Code, the Ministry of Environment has provided a copy of their Powerpoint

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New Interconnections newsletter available for download

February 7, 2012

The new Interconnections newsletter (January 31, 2012) is now available for download online, by clicking here.

Stories in this issue feature an overview

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Two important housing announcements made during SUMA Convention week

February 7, 2012

The week of the SUMA convention saw two provincial announcements regarding housing programs. The first program “HeadStart Equity Builder Program

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Give us your thoughts on Convention 2012

February 2, 2012

Delegates who did not submit paper evaluation forms are asked to give us their thoughts on Convention 2012 -- what you liked, what you loved,

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President, Premier, MMA, FCM Convention Addresses Online

January 31, 2012

Several key elements of the SUMA 2012 Convention Opening Ceremony are now available online, on SUMA's new Youtube channel, SUMASask.

To watch

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Saskatchewan Environmental Code Consultation February 8 in Saskatoon

January 31. 2012

The Ministry of Environment is hosting another municipal focus consultation on the Saskatchewan Environmental Code. This event is scheduled from 1 p.m.

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2012-2013 Community Airport Partnership (CAP) Program

January 20, 2012

The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure (MHI) is offering the Community Airport Partnership (CAP) program to eligible airports in southern Saskatchewan.

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SUMA asks members to review Code changes before convention

January 11, 2012

The Ministry of Environment is initiating a public review of the draft Saskatchewan Environmental Code. This is the next step in implementing a new results-based

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Convention Handbook now online

January 17, 2012

The handbook for the 2012 SUMA Convention has been uploaded to the SUMA website.

Those wishing to review the event's offerings prior to the

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Wishing everyone the best of the season

December 19, 2011

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P3 Guide for Municipalities Available

December 23, 2011

A guide is now available for those municipalities wishing to have public-private partnerships (P3s) for the first time. Published by the Canadian

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FCM seeks member input for strategic planning

December 14, 2011

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is reaching out to members, non-members and other stakeholders to get their input as we undertake to establish

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Summary from Board of Directors Meeting - Dec. 2-3

December 9, 2011

The SUMA Board of Directors gathered December 2-3 for their final meeting of 2011. With upcoming events such as the 2012 annual convention and the provincial

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SUMA Board Member, Mayor Jim Scarrow recognized for service to Saskatchewan

November 30, 2011

University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons presented Prince Albert Mayor Jim Scarrow with the University of Regina President's

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Federal government promises new infrastructure plan will deliver long-term solutions

November 30, 2011

Today municipal leaders are applauding the Government of Canada for launching a new infrastructure planning process that promises to stop the decline

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Aging infrastructure requires engineering and research commitment

November 28, 2011

On November 28, Macleans magazine ran a feature on the need for research, innovation and engineering as Canada's municipalities face an infrastructure

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The Big Fix

November 22, 2011

Visit CBC Canada's special feature "The Big Fix" for information on Canada's crumbling infrastructure and how to fix it.

This page

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How would you pay for infrastructure renewal?

November 22, 2011

Canadian governments have identified infrastructure spending as a priority. But a big gap remains between what the country needs and what the public sector

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Who will pay for cleaning up Canada's raw sewage? New federal regulations are forcing a new cost on small municipalities

November 21, 2011

In St. Anthony, they call the flow from their 23 outfalls "bubbles." That's really just a friendly Newfoundland way of saying raw sewage.


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East Central Fall Regional Meeting

November 10

The fall regional meeting for East Central region will be held November 30 in Canora.

The agenda will be posted on the SUMA website regional meeting

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Denzil Wins National Communities In Bloom Award

October 31, 2011

Denzil was among a handful of communities recognized for national excellence in the 17th edition of the Communities In Bloom National Awards ceremony

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SUMA Releases Special Provincial Election Edition of The Urban Voice

October 28, 2011

SUMA is pleased to announce the release of its special Provincial Election edition of The Urban Voice, featuring information on the key urban priorities

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Nominations Now Open for Saskatchewan Municipal Awards

October 28, 2011

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 Saskatchewan Municipal Awards. For more information, see the SMA website at

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South East Regional Meeting Canceled

October 21

The South East Regional Meeting, to be held Oct. 26 in Stoughton, has been canceled due to lack of enrolment.

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Regional Meeting format review

October 14, 2011

SUMA's Board of Directors is currently performing a review of the Regional Meeting format and would appreciate members' feedback.

Please take a few brief

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SUMA Board Meeting Highlights

September 29, 2011

Highlights from the September 23-24 SUMA Board meeting have been posted on the website.

Please click here to access the highlight document.

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New website for FCM

September 28, 2011

The FCM has launched its new website, and it invites people to visit it.
The new website,, puts cities and communities from

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Funding available for 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations

September 27, 2011

In honour of the 60th anniversary of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Department of Canadian Heritage is making funding available for

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FCM Study Shows Economic Growth, Immigrants Linked Inseparably

September 19, 2011

A recent report by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities underlines the need for municipalities to have a formal role in developing federal immigration

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Municipal Government Sustainability Self-Assessment Tool announced

Sept. 14, 2011

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and its ministry and sector partners have recently released the Municipal Government Sustainability Self-Assessment

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Government of Canada and Saskatchewan Reach Agreement on Delivery of Investments for Canadians in Housing

September 7, 2011

The Government of Canada and the Province of Saskatchewan today announced a combined investment of more than $55 million under a new affordable housing

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Saskatchewan Municipalities Announce Unprecedented Innovation Projects

September 2, 2011

Communities of Tomorrow (CT) today released a list of the first round of projects by the new Leveraged Municipal Innovation Fund (LMIF), co-funded by

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Statement by FCM President on the passing of Jack Layton

August 22, 2011

Earlier today, the FCM President released the following statement on the passing of the Honourable Jack Layton:
"FCM members across Canada are deeply

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SUMA Optimistic about Provincial Housing Strategy

August 9, 2011

On Monday, August 8, SUMA President Allan Earle spoke at the launch of the Government of Saskatchewan’s eight-year housing strategy.  You can

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Saskatchewan Outlines Housing Strategy as Prices Skyrocket

August 9, 2011

REGINA — The Saskatchewan government has outlined an eight-year housing strategy to help potential buyers being pushed out of the market by skyrocketing

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Sask Municipalities Set for Influx of Cash

August 4, 2011

Saskatchewan’s municipalities are set for an influx of cash in 2012 thanks to a boost in revenue sharing from the province.

But politicians and

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Streamlined Review and Approval Process for Flood Damage Repair

August 2, 2011

In response to the extensive flooding that has occurred across Saskatchewan in the spring and summer of 2011, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and The

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Rink Turbine Construction Ready to Start

July 26, 2011

(from The Shaunavon Standard July 26, 2011)

The construction and installation of a 100-foot tall wind turbine, which will help power the Crescent Point

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Investment in urban infrastructure is vital for growth

July 22, 2011

Recent reports from Statistics Canada and the CIBC place Regina and Saskatoon as national top performers in population growth and economic activity. Urban

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Saskatoon fastest growing city in Canada

July 20, 2011

The Prairies are rising and Saskatchewan is leading the way as home to two of the three fastest-growing cities in Canada, new demographic analysis from

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Housing Co-op Forum registration open

July 18, 2011

Saskatchewan Co-operative Association (SCA) is pleased to announce the date of the upcoming Co-operative Solutions: A Forum on Housing Co-ops event. SCA

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FCM introduces First Nations Service Agreement Toolkit

July 11, 2011

FCM´s First Nations – Municipal Community Infrastructure Partnership Program (CIPP) has just released the CIPP Service Agreement Best Practice

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Recipients of the Saskatchewan Infrastructure Growth Initiative Recreation Pilot Program

July 7, 2011

Municipal Affairs is pleased to announce the recipient projects of the Saskatchewan Infrastructure Growth Initiative Recreation Pilot (SIGI-Rec) program

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Communities in Bloom

July 6, 2011

The Saskatchewan Communities in Bloom program is managed by the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) with sponsorship from Equinox Industries.

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Red Cross Offering Flood Aid for Affected Families

June 28, 2011

Are you dealing with a damaged home, or facing economic challenges as a result of flooding? Help is available. Follow these steps:

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2011 Municipal Recycling Bridge Funding Program

June 28, 2011

We are pleased to announce that the Bridge Funding website has been updated.

All the information you need, including the declaration and receipt submission

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Water Consultation Volunteers Required

June 14, 2011

Are you Interested in Shaping Saskatchewan’s Water Management Strategy?
SUMA is looking for municipal elected officials and staff to participate

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Call for Award Nominations

June 9, 2011

Once again, SUMA is accepting nominations for the Honorary Membership Award, Meritorious Service Award and Scoop Lewry Award. The deadline for submissions

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Statement by FCM President on Federal Budget Commitment to Develop a New Long-Term Infrastructure Plan for Cities and Communities

June 6, 2011

OTTAWA - The following statement was released today by Berry Vrbanovic, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), following the federal

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Regional Meeting Agendas Posted!

May 19, 2011

SUMA urges members to consider attending the Spring Regional Meetings in their jurisdiction. The meetings are an opportunity to learn about SUMA's

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FCM Issues Statement on New Federal Cabinet

May 18, 2011

The following statement was released today by the President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), Hans Cunningham, on the appointment of

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Regional Meeting Locations & Dates

May 5, 2011

The dates and locations of the 2011 SUMA Spring Regional Meetings have been finalized as follows:

May 30 – Southwest Region – Ponteix

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SUMA members helping SUMA members in need

May 5, 2011

Katepwa Lake to get Regina Tiger Dams

Posted: May 4, 2011 5:03 PM CST

The city of Regina is taking down its temporary dikes along Wascana Creek

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Main Street Saskatchewan information available on website

May 6, 2011

Recently, the Government of Saskatchewan announced a $1.65 million investment over three years in an innovative redevelopment program for communities

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SUMA Needs Your Help: Website Survey

April 27, 2011

SUMA needs your feedback! We are looking to partner with a website development company to offer our members a website program that is simple to use and

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FCM Election Platform Released & Website Launched

April 6, 2011

Today, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) released its federal election platform and launched its election website.

A press release

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Go Green Funding Helps Saskatchewan Recycling Programs

April 1, 2011

Recycling programs in Saskatchewan will receive a total of $1.25 million from the province's Go Green Fund until a province-wide Multi-Material Recycling

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2011 Provincial Budget - SUMA's Initial Reaction

March 23, 2011

Provincial Budget advances Urban Priorities
The 2011/2012 provincial budget acknowledges the crucial role urban governments play in the economic

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SUMA Report Card for 2011 Provincial Budget

March 23, 2011

Overall, the 2011 Provincial Budget received a rating of "Thumbs Up" from SUMA. Click here to download a PDF version of the detailed report

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FCM: Federal budget commits to new long-term infrastructure plan for municipalities

March 22, 2011

OTTAWA – Today´s budget delivered a vital commitment to cities and communities to develop a new, long-term federal infrastructure plan, says

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Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture & Sport provides listing of grants

March 21, 2011

The Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture & Sport recently provided a listing of application-based programs available through TPCS and otehr

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Celebrate your community's excellence!

March 14, 2011

The Saskatchewan Municipal Awards program is accepting nominations until Friday, March 18th. Don’t miss out on this opportunity – get the

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Community Airport Partnership deadline extended!

March 15, 2011

UPDATE: The deadline for CAP applications has been extended to Friday, April 1.

Municipalities with eligible airports in southern Saskatchewan

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Municipal Cultural Engagement and Planning Grant Program

March 7, 2011

During the 8th Annual Culture and Heritage Forum, SaskCulture announced its Municipal Cultural Engagement and Planning grant program. The grant was developed

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February 22, 2011

New Funding Formula For Local Share
Health Minister Don McMorris today announced $133.1 million in health infrastructure and access improvements

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February 22, 2011

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is pleased with Minister McMorris’ announcement today that the Province will now pay 80

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Province Releases Details of $22 Million Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program

February 22, 2010

Saskatchewan Watershed Authority and Ministry of Corrections, Public Safety and Policing (CPSP) today released the details of a $22 million program to

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Bridge Funding - Second Payment Deadline Feb. 17!

Feb. 10, 2011

This is a reminder to all participants in the Bridge Funding Program that all tonnage receipts for paper and cardboard recycled between July 2010 and

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Wall offers revenue sharing, flood relief at SUMA convention

February 5, 2011

From The Battlefords News-Optimist
By John Cairns, Staff Reporter

Premier Brad Wall made good on his promise to provide revenue sharing equal to a full

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2011 Convention Survey

February 7, 2011

SUMA has implemented an electronic feedback form (survey) for delegates to the recent 2011 Convention in Saskatoon.

Your feedback is very valuable to

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Welcome Delegates!

January 31, 2011

Welcome to SUMA's 106th Annual Convention: Connecting Voices, Strengthening Communities. The annual convention is an ideal opportunity to meet with those

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National Infrastructure Summit Called a Huge Success

January 28, 2011

The close of the City of Regina’s National Infrastructure Summit marks a new era in how governments and industry plan, prepare and manage infrastructure

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Municipalities Building Consensus on Infrastructure

January 27, 2011

More than 300 delegates from Canadian municipalities large and small gathered in Regina Wednesday with the aim of building consensus on a long-term plan

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Saskatchewan Ready for floods

January 21, 2011

With snow blanketing the province this winter after last year's record rains, the province wants to help municipalities prepare for potential spring flooding.

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SUMA Provincial Budget Priorities 2011-2012

January 17, 2011

In anticipation of the provincial budget, SUMA has developed its budget priorities outlining the needs of Saskatchewan urban municipalities. To learn

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2011-2012 Community Airport Partnership (CAP) Program

January 13, 2011

The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure (MHI) is offering the Community Airport Partnership (CAP) Program to eligible airports in southern Saskatchewan.

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SUMAdvantage is your first call for savings!

January 5, 2011

SUMAdvantage is excited to announce the launch of the new logo design! By using the programs through SUMAdvantage members receive discounts on products

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SUMA Remembers Ted Brady

January 5, 2011

Edward Joseph (Ted) Brady
1926 - 2011

The small-town mayor who headed both the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association and its national counterpart,

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Sustainable Municipal Planning Workshop - January 11, 2011

January 7, 2011

Organized by SUMA, SEIMA and RCE Saskatchewan, come and discover the latest in best practices, through EarthCAT, and learn how to work the tools that

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Holiday Office Closure

December 21, 2010

SUMA office will be closed at noon, Friday, December 24, re-opening Wednesday, December 29, 2010. The office will also be closed on Monday, January 3,

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Stimulus deadline extended one season

December 2, 2010

CBC News December 2, 2010

The federal government is extending the deadline for the completion of infrastructure projects under its Economic Action Plan

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Rule to require ID for voting

December 1, 2010

By Angela Hall, The Leader Post

Saskatchewan voters -- whether selecting a mayor or casting a ballot for an MLA -- will soon be required to show identification

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Balancing Budgets: Don't do it on the backs of municipalities

November 23, 2010

If history is any measure of what’s to come, Canada’s municipal leaders have good reason to worry about a possible new round of downloading

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Planning for Growth Projects Announced

November 16, 2010

Saskatchewan municipalities are moving forward as nine regional projects, representing 52 municipalities with a total population of 520,000, are the initial

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SUMA Remembers Past President

November 8, 2010

Davey Steuart 1916-2010

It is with sadness that SUMA has learned of the passing of David "Davey" Steuart this past weekend at the age of 94.

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Government's throne speech outlines twin journeys of growth and security

October 29, 2010

Growth and opportunity. Security and compassion. Keeping your word.

Those are the values of Saskatchewan people and those will be the values of the new

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October 27 Southeast Regional Meeting rescheduled to November 4

October 26, 2010

Please be advised that the Southeast Regional Meeting, originally scheduled for October 27, has been changed to November 4 due to inclement weather. The

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SUMA welcomes new Director!

October 26, 2010

SUMA is pleased to announce that Ben Buhler, Mayor of the Town of Osler, has accepted the position of Northwest Region Director. Ben will replace the

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Reminder -- Regional Meetings coming up!

October 4, 2010

Don't forget that the fall round of regional meetings is just around the corner! Dates and locations have been finalized, and as the agendas are completed,

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Stimulus projects deadline may accommodate weather-delayed projects

September 27, 2010

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced today that the federal government will be “fair and reasonable” at the end of March if stimulus projects

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Public consultations on Statements of Provincial Interest coming up!

September 20, 2010

Statements of Provincial Interest (SPI) identify the key provincial policies for land use and will provide direction to municipalities for orderly and

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New process means more doctors will practise in Saskatchewan

September 20, 2010

Health Minister Don McMorris today announced a new Saskatchewan-based assessment process designed to better recruit more foreign-trained physicians to

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Province proceeding with MMRP

September 17, 2010

Province going ahead with new program

By James Wood, Saskatchewan News Network; Postmedia News September 16, 2010

The Saskatchewan Party government is

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Saskatchewan among national leaders in urban housing starts

September 9, 2010

Urban housing construction continues to show substantial growth in Saskatchewan, particularly as compared to the rest of the country, according to a report

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Are you an expert?

September 1, 2010

SUMA is looking for experts from towns/villages to be a part of the Saskatchewan Environmental Code Content Committees. 

What is the Saskatchewan

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SUMA meets with provincial ministers

August 26, 2010

SUMA directors and policy team members met with the ministers for Environment, Finance, Health, Highways, Social Services and Tourism, Parks, Culture

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Recognize good work -- send in a nomination

August 26, 2010

It's not too early to get thinking about recognizing long-serving municipal government employees and elected officials through the SUMA Convention

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SUMA looking for a great "Scoop"

August 26, 2010

Nominations are now being sought for the Scoop Lewry Award, to be presented at the 2011 SUMA Convention Awards Program in recognition of outstanding

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Grant Deadlines Coming Up

August 26, 2010

This is a notice to all municipalities: September is the deadline month for several available grants.

The grants include Building Communities Through

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Bad weather puts infrastructure stimulus projects in jeopardy

August 11, 2010

REGINA — Workers were beavering away on improvements to a park in Maple Creek in June when a series of near-biblical storms hit southwestern Saskatchewan,

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Towns sign partnership deal

June 30, 2010

Four municipalities east of Regina -- the towns of Balgonie, White City, Pilot Butte and RM of Edenwold -- have joined forces to share the cost of delivering

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SUMA looks forward to working with new cabinet on priorities

June 29, 2010

 “Today’s shuffle represents an opportunity for SUMA to work with a new group of ministers on priorities that are important to urban

Read More - A New Website on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Saskatchewan

June 7, 2010

People who want to find out about the impacts of climate change in Saskatchewan and information on adaptation actions can visit a new website at

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Premier outlines priorities for next 18 months

May 31, 2010

Premier Brad Wall recently released mandate letters to all of his cabinet ministers outlining the government’s priorities for the next 18 months. 

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Spring Regional Meetings start tomorrow!

May 31, 2010

This year’s spring regional meetings start tomorrow.  Regional meetings are an opportunity for members to find out what SUMA has been working

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Congratulations to this year's award winners!

May 17, 2010

Saskatchewan Municipal Awards celebrated another year of excellence and best practices in the municipal sector on May 14th, 2010 at the Ramada Hotel in

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Saskatchewan Municipal Awards handed out

May 14, 2010

REGINA — Senator Pamela Wallin said the Saskatchewan Municipal Awards — presented at a luncheon in Regina on Friday — show the special

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SUMA wants to know...

The SUMA Convention Planning Committee is reviewing the annual convention format and needs the members input. Click here to provide your feedback.

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The Ministry of Environment is seeking input on implementing MMRP

April 30, 2010

SUMA is pleased to hear that the Ministry of Environment is ready to proceed with the development of a province-wide Multi-Material Recycling Program

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Service Regina Wins Municipal Award

Service Regina wins automatically
By Joe Couture, Leader-Post
April 14, 2010
Service with a smile might be a reason why the City of Regina's

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Saskatchewan Cities Maintain Competitive Edge

March 30, 2010

KPMG released its 2010 Competitive Alternatives Study today that ranks Saskatchewan's four major cities in the top 20 per cent of a 112 city comparison.

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SUMA received $484,000 to support municipal recycling operations in 2010 - 2011

March 29, 2010

On March 25, the Minister of Environment announced that municipal recycling programs will be getting $1.75 million from the province’s Go Green

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2010 Provincial Budget Response

March 24, 2010

The 2010/2011 provincial budget confirmed what urban municipalities already knew – there will be no increase to the Municipal Operating Grant (MOG).

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Canada - U.S. Agreement on "Buy American"

February 16, 2010

On February 12, 2010, Canada and the United States signed an agreement that will allow Canadian companies to participate in U.S. infrastructure projects

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March 31, 2011- Deadline for federally-funded stimulus projects

February 16, 2010

FCM provided a member advisory last week that addressed the fact that federal economic stimulus spending ends on March 31, 2011.  Despite many municipal

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Four Year Terms a Good Move Says SUMA

February 4, 2010

Saskatchewan’s urban municipalities are pleased with Minister Harrison’s announcement today of proposed legislation to implement four year

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Welcome Delegates!

January 31, 2010

Welcome to SUMA's 105th Annual Convention: Building Momentum. The annual convention is an ideal opportunity to meet with those who share a common vision

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SUMA joins FCM's call on municipalities to assist in reconstruction efforts in Haiti

January 21, 2010

SUMA and FCM continue to encourage municipalities across Canada to donate to established relief organizations and to report their contribution to FCM

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Wall on 2010 MOG: Municipalities should expect no less than what they received in 2009

January 18, 2010

On January 14th, SUMA’s Executive met with Premier Brad Wall and Minister Jeremy Harrison to discuss the status of the Municipal Operating Grant.

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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’s comments related to potential cuts to the Municipal Operating Grant

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Budget woes could affect municipal revenue-sharing deal

December 1, 2009

Saskatchewan Finance Minister Rod Gantefoer says he may not be able to boost municipal operating grants as much as he had promised in the spring budget.

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Welcome to our new website!

November 30, 2009

A couple things to note when you are navigating this site. The SUMA logo at the top left is your 'home' button that will take you to the home page

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Provincial Public Safety Radio Network Gives Users Break On Costs

November 25, 2009

Potential users of the province's new public safety radio telecommunications network will see their monthly operating fees and purchase of compatible

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The latest on H1N1

November 18, 2009

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health has updated H1N1 information on its website. The Flu Decision Chart  is available to

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Municipal Sector Strategic Plan (MSSP) priorities update

November 17, 2009

The Government of Saskatchewan and the municipal sector committed to creating a Municipal Sector Strategic Plan (MSSP) to support cities, communities

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Northern Municipalities Act Updated, Allows Criminal Record Checks

November 16, 2009

The provincial government has introduced the Northern Municipalities Act, 2009, a consistent, strengthened foundation for municipal government which responds

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Meadow Lake and Martensville are officially Saskatchewan cities

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Martensville and Meadow Lake officially became Saskatchewan's 14th and 15th cities following municipal elections held last week.

"This is the first

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Minister Highlights Unprecedented Municipal Investment at SARM Convention

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Municipal Affairs Minister Jeremy Harrison highlighted municipal investment, growth and momentum in his mid-term update at the Saskatchewan Association

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Thursday, October 29th

Congratulations to everyone that was successful in Wednesday's Saskatchewan Civic Elections.  SUMA looks forward to working with all municipal leaders

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10 more projects approved under RInC

Friday, October 8, 2009

Another 10 projects have been approved for Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program funding in Saskatchewan, bringing the total to 97 projects.

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Preparing for the H1N1 flu pandemic

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has sent a package of information directly to municipalities to help them understand and prepare for a possible H1N1

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TCA support program help

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Saskatchewan Municipal Tangible Capital Asset (TCA) Reporting Project is pleased to announce the launch of the Municipal TCA Support Program. This

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Government announces Northern Drug and Gang Enforcement Unit

Monday, September 14, 2009

In an effort to combat illegal drug use and its associated criminal activities in northern Saskatchewan, the Ministry of Corrections, Public Safety and

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Feds, province invest in Saskatchewan's regional infrastructure

Friday, September 11, 2009

Today, the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, and the Honourable Jeremy Harrison, Saskatchewan Minister

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Registrations are now open for the winter modules of the Municipal Leadership Development Program (MLDP). Modules are scheduled for Monday, March 9 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon ahead of the SARM Annual

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