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

Proposed New Federal Ridings Presented in the House of Commons

January 29, 2013

SUMA is pleased to see that the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Saskatchewan has proposed the creation of urban only ridings in the cities of Saskatoon and Regina. SUMA made a formal submission to the commission arguing for the urban only ridings based on a growing population and the unique issues that face Saskatchewan’s two largest cities. A portion of SUMA’s submission was included in the final report as supporting evidence for their final proposal.

Read the full Commission's Report.

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SGI Announces 2013 Rates for Fire Suppression & Vehicle Extrication Services

January 29, 2013

SGI presented SUMA, SARM, The Saskatchewan Fire Chiefs Association and The Saskatchewan Volunteer Fire Fighters Association with the 2013 rates for Fire Suppression and Vehicle Extrication. Effective January 1, 2013 the hourly rate for a productive call is $839 and the hourly rate for a non-productive call is $503. 

The increase is based on the Saskatchewan Consumer Price Index of 1.6% for 2012. Last year's rates were $825 and $496, respectively.

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More Than $1.6 Million Goes to Community Rinks

January 28, 2013

Through the Community Rink Affordability Grant, the Government of Saskatchewan paid out more than $1.6 million dollars to 387 communities for 554 facilities across Saskatchewan. The grant paid $2,500 per ice service to help fund operating costs and minor capital upgrades.

See the full news release for more information, and a list of grant recipients.

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Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Calls for More Money for Infrastructure

January 24, 2013

A new study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says the "underinvestment in infrasturucture is not a crisis but a chronic problem in Canada." The study calls for another $300 billion over the next 10 years - on top of current spending - to return infrastructure spending to historic levels. The centre says investment declined from the 1950s until stimulus programs were introduced in the mid-2000s. 

The study, by research associate Hugh Mackenzie, suggests the federal government has moved responsibility for infrastructure spending to municipalities, and that the underinvestment has cost $145 billion in missing…

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Partnership Agreement Will Advance Innovation in Municipal Infrastructure

January 17, 2013

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) and Communities of Tomorrow have signed a partnership agreement, paving the way for closer collaboration and co-operation between the two organizations.

Communities of Tomorrow (CT) is a public-private organization created to facilitate the development of innovative infrastructure products and services and to work with the public and private sectors to further enhance infrastructure development that will support continued economic growth in the province.

For more information, read the full media release.

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Help Protect Canada’s Infrastructure with FCM Campaign

January 17, 2013

The Great Canadian Infrastructure Challenge, put on by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), continues. In a recent blog post and new video FCM urges you to tell your MP how important infrastructure is in your community. As the federal government prepares Budget 2013, the more voices we can join together, the more effective the campaign can be. 

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Attend the CMHC Housing Outlook Conference

January 16, 2013

The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is hosting a Housing Outlook Conference for Saskatchewan on February 14, in Regina. You can check the brochure on their website for more information.

This event always fills up quickly, so CMHC encourages you to register early. Special group pricing, and early bird pricing are both still available. Secure registration is available online.

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Apply for the CAP Airport Infrastructure Grant

January 15, 2013

The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure is accepting application for the Community Airport Partnership (CAP) program to eligible airports in southern Saskatchewan. CAP was introduced in 2007 and will be in its seventh year of implementation. 

Eligible community airports can apply for an infrastructure grant. If recommended by a review panel of aviation experts, a project is cost-shared 50/50 between the community and the Ministry to a maximum contribution of $275,000 from the Ministry.

The deadline for CAP applications is Monday April 1, 2013. Further detailed information on the 2013-2014 CAP Program…

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Upcoming Deadline for Recycling Bridge Funding Program

January 14, 2013

The deadline to submit your information for the second payment of the 2012 Municipal Recycling Bridge Funding Program is February 18, 2013. Participants must submit their Receipt Submission Form and tonnage receipts for the months of July 2012 to December 2012 in order to receive reimbursement. Please see the website for more information, and the Receipt Submission Form. 
Failure to submit required documentation by the deadline will result in delayed payment. SUMA reserves the right to withhold payments until all necessary documentation is received.
Please contact if you have questions…

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Gas Tax Fund Calculator Shows How Funding has Helped Communities

January 11, 2013

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has created a Gas Tax Fund Calculator to show how federal funding has helped communities across Canada. The calculator is part of FCM's campaign for renewed federal funding for municipal infrastructure.

FCM is asking for everyone's help leading up to the 2013 federal budget; we encourage you to try out the Gas Tax Fund Calculator, and share the results with the elected officials for your area in all orders of government. All you have to do is type the name of your municipality, and it will show…

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