News

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

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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FCM Program to Establish Joint Solid Waste Management Projects

October 04, 2016

Municipalities and First Nations are invited to apply to the Community Infrastructure Partnership Project to establish joint solid waste management projects. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is delivering the program with funds from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Six partnerships between First Nations and municipalities will get facilitation and capacity building services for two years (2016-18) to develop service agreements on solid waste management, including recycling and composting. Don't miss this valuable opportunity; get your application in before the Monday, October 24 deadline. Details are available on the FCM website and in their October 4…

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Federal Infrastructure Funding Announcement for Saskatchewan

September 16, 2016

The provincial and federal governments announced their agreement under new federal infrastructure funding programs today, and SUMA's Vice-President of Cities, Mayor Malcolm Eaton, was on hand to give remarks. 

"The residents of our hometowns expect high-quality, safe, reliable infrastructure. They deserve it," said Eaton. "This funding helps us ensure urban Saskatchewan is a great place to live, work, and play."

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FCM Seeking Canada 150 Community Leaders

September 08, 2016

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is launching a network to help local leaders get involved with the 150th anniversary of Confederation, and you can designate leaders from your municipality. Canada 150 Community leaders will not only serve as representatives during Canada 150 events, they will also share information and continue the network beyond the 2017 celebrations. Your choices aren't just limited to council members, and you can choose more than one. Details on who you could designate as your community leader, including a submission form, are available on the FCM website. Be part of the celebration…

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Statistics Canada Reports Best Census Since 1666

August 29, 2016

No, that's not a typo; today, Statistics Canada thanked Canadians for "making this the best census since 1666" — the first Canadian census. The response rate was 98.4 per cent overall, and 97.8 per cent for the long-form census. Statistics Canada says the response rate will have high-quality information for virtually all communities, a major shift from the 2011 data, which left nearly half of Saskatchewan communities without information. SUMA advocated for the return of the long-form census during last year's federal election, and launched a campaign this spring encouraging the people of Saskatchewan to complete the census. Thank…

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Get Registered for Community Safety Officer Program Training

August 24, 2016

Is your municipality interested in hiring a Community Safety Officer (CSO) to supplement policing and bylaw enforcement? To get a Special Constable Appointment, your CSO must have completed a six-week training course, and the next round of training will be held at the Prince Albert Campus of Saskatchewan Polytechnic from November 7–December 16. The deadline to register for next round of CSO training is Saturday, October 1, so start preparing now. More details on training are available in this poster from the Ministry of Justice. You may also want to check out the FAQs on the CSO program.

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Federal Government Wants to Hear from You on Canada’s Infrastructure Plan

July 21, 2016

The Government of Canada plans to invest $120 billion over the next 10 years to build strong, inclusive and sustainable communities, and they want to hear from you. Phase 1 is already underway, and now the Government of Canada is inviting you to share your views on Phase 2 of Canada’s infrastructure plan.

You can provide feedback in five ways: eWorkbooks, discussion forums, photo and video submissions, written submissions, and community-led events.

The Government of Canada is particularly interested in your thoughts on four important themes:

  • Community infrastructure: your needs and the infrastructure priorities in your community
  • Green…

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