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

Estevan Mercury Editorial: Leave Municipalities’ Money Alone

February 16, 2017

This week, the Estevan Mercury published an editorial defending the current revenue sharing forumula. You can read the full editorial on their website.

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SUMA Grateful for Federal GTF Funding for 120 Urban Projects in 2016

January 05, 2017

Project plans for 2016 show the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) supported 120 local roads and bridges projects in Saskatchewan's urban municipalities. On behalf of members, SUMA expressed gratitude today for the "predictable, long-term, indexed funding" our members receive thanks to the GTF. SUMA thanks the Government of Canada for their commitment to Saskatchewan hometowns.

More details on the projects the federal GTF helped make possible are available on the Government of Canada website.

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Municipal Management Essentials Training

December 28, 2016

SUMA is excited to partner with our friends at SARM and the Southeast College to offer Municipal Management Essentials training to members. This training is intended to supplement training available through the Municipal Leadership Development Program (MLDP) and help municipalities build skills and capacity for administrative staff and foremen (though council members are welcome to attend, as many of the workshops will also apply to them). We encourage you to find out more about Investing in People to Create a Stronger Municipality, and check out the training schedule for more information on upcoming schedules.

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Crime Reduction Committee Tour

December 15, 2016

The Crime Reduction Committee was struck recently to examine crime in Saskatchewan. Their goal is "to determine where provincial policies are effective in reducing and eliminating crime, and what best-practices can be used to reduce it in other areas." The committee will be touring the province to receive input from organizations, individuals and communities (see the schedule below) and are welcoming written submissions if you cannot attend. Interim President Goulden will appear on behalf of SUMA at the Yorkton stop on the tour, but we encourage members to attend or provide submissions as well. Submissions can be sent to…

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Apply Now for Infrastructure Funding

December 08, 2016

The Government of Saskatchewan is now accepting applications for infrastructure projects through two funding programs: the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF), and the Provincial Territorial Infrastructure Component (PTIC) of the New Building Canada Fund. You can use the same online form to apply to both programs, but previous PTIC applications will need to be resubmitted. The form and more information are available on the Government of Saskatchewan website. Start now, because applications are due by noon on Monday, January 23, 2017. Details on the announcement are also available in their media release.

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Board of Directors Update

November 29, 2016

Randy Goulden has be elected Interim President by the Board of Directors to serve until the end Convention 2017. Rounding out the Executive Committee is: 

  • VP of Cities: Bob Maloney;
  • VP of Towns: Rodger Hayward;
  • Interim VP of Villages, Resort Villages, and Northern Municipalities: Mike Strachan; and 
  • Saskatoon/Regina Executive Member: Mike O'Donnell. 

The single-city regions are represented by:

  • Saskatoon: Darren Hill and alternate Randy Donauer;
  • Prince Albert: Don Cody;
  • Regina: Bob Hawkins and Mike O'Donnell; and
  • Moose Jaw: Dawn Luhning.

Regional meetings wrapped up last week, so the seven southern regions have elected their Board representatives: 

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Register Now for Fall MLDP Modules

November 17, 2016

While SUMA staff are giving the Municipal Leaders' Roles and Responsibilities workshops around Saskatchewan, we also remind you that you can register for the other Municipal Leadership Development Program (MLDP) modules coming up later this fall. These workshops are a great way for council members to network and learn about strengthening leadership in local government. Past attendees have had glowing reviews:

  • "Great presenter with a vast knowledge of the material as well as a varied background on many aspects of the profession."
  • "Very good workshop — I wish that all of council would take it!"
  • "All councillors should be…

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SUMA Pleased to See Further Investment in Infrastructure

November 02, 2016

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is pleased to see the Government of Canada expanding their investment in infrastructure as announced yesterday in the fall fiscal update.

See our full response in today's media release

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Bylaw Enforcement Officer Survey

November 01, 2016

Do you have a bylaw enforcement officer? SUMA and our friends at SARM are surveying members on behalf of the  Saskatchewan Association of Municipal Enforcement Officers  (SAMEO). We are looking for information on the salaries and hours for your bylaw enforcement officers. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.

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SUMA Elections

October 28, 2016

Now that municipal elections are concluded, SUMA is looking ahead to the elections for our Board of Directors. This document explains the official procedures to elect and appoint SUMA Board members.

Some members of the SUMA Board did not seek re-election in their municipalities, and some were not re-elected. All of those vacancies will be filled in accordance with our bylaws as we move through the full election process.

The election process for the new Board of Directors will begin in November, when the seven southern regions will elect their respective directors and alternates. The Northeast, Northwest,

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