Information on what's happening at SUMA and in the municipal field.
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.
See more in the full media release.
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…
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.
Read more in SUMA's op-ed.
April 18, 2019
The network that enables residents to receive reliable information about crime happening in the area directly from the RCMP is expanding.
The Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network was initially launched in March in southern Saskatchewan. It is now expanding to include central and northern Saskatchewan.
Through the network, the RCMP and its partner agencies have the ability to communicate directly with the public on matters of crime prevention and community safety. Citizens can sign up to receive crime watch advisories from their local RCMP detachments by text message, email, or phone.
Sign up at www.saskcrimewatch.ca.
March 15, 2019
From now until April 30, Saskatchewan hometowns can submit their infrastructure projects for initial consideration under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The program is providing more than $896 million in federal funding for all types of Saskatchewan infrastructure projects over the next 10 years.
Who can apply?
Funding is available for community, culture, and recreation projects, public transit, green infrastructure, and rural and northern communities. See…
March 07, 2019
Saskatchewan residents located in the southern part of the province have a new way to get information about criminal activity in their area directly from RCMP.
The Government of Saskatchewan and RCMP, in partnership with SUMA, the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, have launched the Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network. Through the network, the RCMP and its partner agencies have the ability to communicate directly with the public on matters of crime prevention and community safety. Citizens can sign up to receive crime watch advisories from their local RCMP detachments by text message,…