Media

Media releases from SUMA.

Council Parity on the Agenda for Hometowns in Central Saskatchewan

October 01, 2019

Municipal leaders from nine hometowns in central Saskatchewan are gathered in Wadena today to discuss issues important to their communities.

Parity at the council table is one of the discussions at the Central Regional Meeting hosted by the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA).

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SUMA, SARM Launch Harassment Prevention Policy Template for Municipalities

September 24, 2019

All employers have a moral and legislative obligation to provide a harassment free workplace. The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) and the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) are launching a harassment prevention policy template to help municipalities respond to harassment in the workplace.

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Hometowns Call for Share of Cannabis Excise Tax

June 13, 2019

Saskatchewan hometowns are calling on the provincial government to meet federal expectations and recognize the responsibilities municipalities have in cannabis legalization by sharing a portion of cannabis excise tax revenues.

In the last month, nearly 50 Saskatchewan hometowns have sent a letter to Saskatchewan’s Minister of Finance recognizing that municipalities value a respectful, government-to-government relationship between provincial and local governments, and that sharing cannabis excise tax revenues honours that relationship and acknowledges the responsibilities hometowns have in legalization.

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SUMA Welcomes Closer Federal-Municipal Relationship

June 05, 2019

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) welcomes a closer federal-municipal relationship as discussed at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) annual conference.

Officials from across the country, including representatives from Saskatchewan, heard from leaders of four national political parties during the annual event. Each leader recognized the crucial role municipalities have and the importance of a direct relationship between the federal government and municipalities. Federal Minister Bernadette Jordan, minister of rural economic development, also recognized the importance of working directly with municipalities as partners. SUMA values these sentiments as Saskatchewan hometowns vie for a share of cannabis excise tax revenues from the province to cover the costs of cannabis legalization.

See more in the full media release below.

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City Mayors Talk Common Concerns at Semi-Annual Caucus

May 15, 2019

City mayors and managers are meeting in Estevan today for the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) City Mayors’ Caucus to discuss issues important to the province’s largest municipalities. 

See more in the full media release below. 

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Towns, Villages, and Northern Municipalities Gather at Sector Meeting

May 09, 2019

Representatives from Saskatchewan towns, villages, and northern municipalities are in Prince Albert today for the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) stand-alone sector meeting.

See more in the full media release below.

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Hometowns Deserve Share of Cannabis Excise Tax

May 01, 2019

In December 2017, the federal and provincial governments agreed that provinces would receive 75 per cent of the cannabis excise tax revenues instead of a fifty-fifty split. These additional dollars were to support municipalities. But nearly one and a half years later, and more than six months since the legalization of cannabis, the provincial government has failed to pass on a portion of the cannabis excise tax to Saskatchewan’s hometowns.

See more in the full op-ed below. 

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SUMA Appreciates Municipal Funding in 2019-20 Budget

March 20, 2019

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) appreciates the provincial government’s support of Saskatchewan’s cities, towns, villages, and northern municipalities in today’s budget.

See more in the full media release below.

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SUMA Welcomes Federal Investments in Infrastructure, Broadband

March 19, 2019

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) welcomes the Government of Canada’s investments in infrastructure and broadband, announced today in the federal budget.

See more in the full media release below.

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SUMA Convention 2019 Showcasing the Hometown Advantage

January 29, 2019

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is hosting its 114th Annual Convention from February 3 to 6. Nearly 1,000 representatives from Saskatchewan’s cities, towns, villages, resort villages, and northern municipalities will come together in Saskatoon for Convention 2019.

The annual convention is a great chance to highlight the exciting things happening in Saskatchewan hometowns. SUMA members get to bring their challenges and successes before their peers, the provincial government, and the media. This is a chance to learn about the innovative projects happening all around the province and celebrate the dedication of municipal officials.

See more in the full release below. 

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