Media releases from SUMA.

SUMA Convention 2017 Wraps Up

February 08, 2017

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

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SUMA Elects New President

February 06, 2017

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

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Media Advisory: SUMA Convention 2017

February 01, 2017

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

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Media Representatives Invited to SUMA Convention 2017

January 18, 2017

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

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SUMA Pleased to See Further Investment in Infrastructure

November 02, 2016

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

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

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

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SUMA Appreciates Municipal Funding Programs in 2016-17 Budget

June 01, 2016

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

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

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

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

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City Mayors Meet with Minister Sohi, Talk Common Issues

May 26, 2016

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

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

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

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

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SUMA Reminds Saskatchewan Residents to Complete Long-Form Census

May 06, 2016

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association is reminding all eligible Saskatchewan residents to complete the 2016 long-form census to help shape the future of their communities and the services they rely on.

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

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SUMA calls for permanent Made-In-Saskatchewan infrastructure program

March 24, 2016

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

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SUMA Applauds Federal Investment in Infrastructure

March 22, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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