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Media releases from SUMA.

SUMA Appreciates Municipal Funding Programs in 2016-17 Budget

June 01, 2016

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

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

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

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

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City Mayors Meet with Minister Sohi, Talk Common Issues

May 26, 2016

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

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

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

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

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SUMA Reminds Saskatchewan Residents to Complete Long-Form Census

May 06, 2016

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

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

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SUMA calls for permanent Made-In-Saskatchewan infrastructure program

March 24, 2016

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

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SUMA Applauds Federal Investment in Infrastructure

March 22, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 18, 2016

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

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SUMA calls for commitment to permanent revenue sharing and infrastructure funding

March 07, 2016

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

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Media Representatives Invited to SUMA Convention 2016

January 06, 2016

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

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SUMA Welcomes Return of Mandatory Long-Form Census

November 05, 2015

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

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SUMA calls for reinstatement of mandatory long-form census

October 09, 2015

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

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