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

Investing in Infrastructure Good for the Economy: Canada West Foundation

February 07, 2013

The latest research from the Canada West Foundation concludes that Canada’s governments should maintain a high level of investment in public infrastructure because it is a key driver of economic productivity.
At the Intersection: The Case for Sustained and Strategic Public Infrastructure Investment, is based on more than 200 studies and shows a strong link between public infrastructure investment and long-term economic growth.

The report has been endorsed by the Municipal Infrastructure Forum - which was established by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and partners with groups with a stake in infrastructure - and includes…

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SUMA Executive Election: Platform Documents Available

February 01, 2013

SUMA has platform documents available for all candidates currently running for positions on the SUMA Executive Committee. See the list of candidates and their platforms on the Executive Elections page.

Elections for SUMA President, Vice-President of Towns, and Vice-President of Villages, Resort Villages and Northern Municipalities will take place at Convention 2013 in Saskatoon.

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Inter-Connections Available Again

January 31, 2013

The Municipal Capacity Development Program (MCDP) has released a new issue of its newsletter, Inter-Connections. The January 2013 issue includes articles on transitioning inter-municipal success into regional planning, a recap of November's MCDP Inter-Municipal Conference, opportunities to get grants and funding, and more. 

You can read the newsletter on the MCDP website.

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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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