News

Information on what's happening at SUMA and in the municipal field.

Municipal Leaders Head Back to School with SUMA

August 15, 2018

Elected officials from 30 Saskatchewan municipalities have headed back to school. From August 12-14, the municipal leaders were at the University of Regina filling their tool kits with new skills, knowledge, and confidence as they built networks with their peers around the province. This educational experience, tailored to the province’s municipal leaders, is hosted by the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA).

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New Flood Mitigation Programming for Hometowns

August 01, 2018

There's new help available to hometowns with long-term flood mitigation projects.

The provincial government's new Flood Damage Reduction Program is designed to help municipalities in their proactive planning to address emergencies before they arise.
A total of $1.5 million in funding is available this year through the program.

Project proposals are being accepted in four categories:

  • Structural
  • Mitigation planning
  • Flood plain mapping
  • Hydologic and/or hydraulic investigations


Eligible projects will be cost-shared on a 50/50 basis between the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency and the community. Applications are being accepted until October 30.

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Another Successful SUMA Golf Tournament

July 13, 2018

Thank you to the Town of Hudson Bay for hosting the 30th Annual SUMA Golf Tournament!

It was another great golf tournament starting on Thursday, July 12 with dinner and comedian Tom Liske.

Friday morning started with breakfast, followed by 47 golfers teeing off at the Hudson Bay Golf Club. This year there was a tie for first place, and the winners were decided in a chipping challenge. Congratulations to the winning team - James Crouch, Dona Bedi, and Sid Kernohan; our other top place finishers - Gary Philipchuk, Sherry Pilon, Nicole Goldsworthy, and Rob Boulding; and Dennis Draper Award…

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New Municipal Peer Network Launched for Municipal Leaders

July 03, 2018

Saskatchewan’s local leaders now have a Municipal Peer Network to help them resolve conflict or complex issues.

The new network connects municipal administrators and elected officials with highly-experienced peers, who can provide guidance, coaching, and advice to help resolve issues locally, use best governance practices, better understand their roles and responsibilities, along with other related matters.

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Towns, Villages, and Northern Municipalities Gather for Sector Meeting

May 10, 2018

More than 100 representatives from Saskatchewan towns, villages, resort villages, and northern municipalities met in Regina today for the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) sector meeting.

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Western Canadian Municipal Association (WCMA) meets in Regina

April 27, 2018

Today, leaders of municipal associations from Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba met in Regina to discuss topics of common concern for the prairie provinces.

The annual Western Canadian Municipal Association meeting brought together elected officials and staff from the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA), the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM), Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA), and the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA).

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SUMA, SARM, and FCM unveil Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization

April 16, 2018

As the date for cannabis legalization approaches, Saskatchewan municipalities are taking a big step forward in their preparation to keep citizens safe and well-served from day one. Following months of collaboration with a technical advisory group and legal experts, the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) and the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), in partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and provincial and territorial counterparts from across Canada, have launched the Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization.

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2018-19 Budget Maintaining Support for Saskatchewan Hometowns

April 10, 2018

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is relieved to see that today’s provincial budget is maintaining support for Saskatchewan hometowns.

In today’s budget, the provincial government is reinstating the SaskEnergy municipal surcharge to 109 of our municipalities who saw it cut last year. The surcharge will also be extended to all Saskatchewan cities, towns and villages.

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Happening Now: Asset Management Workshops for Saskatchewan Municipalities

April 02, 2018

Keep pace with asset management requirements by attending an in-person workshop tailor made for Saskatchewan municipalities.

Asset Management Saskatchewan is offering workshops across the province throughout the month of April. The workshops focus on the purpose of asset management, the Gas Tax requirements, and the role of key asset management documents.

Free webinars made for both municipal staff and elected officials are also happening.

Find all the details on upcoming training opportunities on their website

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SGI dropping non-productive call rate to compensate hometown fire departments

March 01, 2018

Today, SGI will stop using the non-productive call rate for time spent by fire departments responding to motor vehicle collisions (MVCs) on provincial highways.

Saskatchewan’s fire departments will now be compensated at a rate of $913 for every hour spent at a collision in 2018, rather than having their time potentially classified at the lower, non-productive rate of $549 per hour. The change will result in approximately $510,000 more in reimbursement for Saskatchewan’s fire departments in the first year alone.

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