News

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

Municipal Leaders Head Back to School with SUMA

Aug 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…

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New Flood Mitigation Programming for Hometowns

Aug 1, 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…

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Another Successful SUMA Golf Tournament

Jul 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.…

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New Municipal Peer Network Launched for Municipal Leaders

Jul 3, 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…

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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. See more in our full media release.  

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Western Canadian Municipal Association (WCMA) meets in Regina

Apr 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…

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

Apr 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…

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2018-19 Budget Maintaining Support for Saskatchewan Hometowns

Apr 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…

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Happening Now: Asset Management Workshops for Saskatchewan Municipalities

Apr 2, 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…

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

Mar 1, 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…

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The Power of Hometowns on Display at SUMA Convention 2018

Jan 30, 2018

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is hosting its 113th Annual Convention from February 4 to 7. Nearly 1,000 representatives from Saskatchewan’s cities, towns, villages, and northern municipalities will come together in Regina for Convention 2018. The annual convention is a great chance to highlight the exciting things happening in Saskatchewan hometowns. SUMA members…

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SUMA Phones Down

Jan 30, 2018

If you are calling the SUMA office — or anyone in it — do not be fooled by the "This number is no longer in service" message! Our phone system is currently down, but our provider is working on restoring service. We are still receiving emails if you need to contact us.

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Attend the Saskatchewan Smart Cities Event

Dec 5, 2017

The Canadian Smart Cities Challenge kicked off last week, but don't let the name fool you — it's open to all SUMA members. In fact, the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) is hosting a regional event next Monday, December 11, and you can attend in person or by teleconference.  Space for the event is limited, so register now to save your spot. You'll get…

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Register Now: Asset Management Training Tailored for Saskatchewan Municipalities

Nov 27, 2017

As we told you last month, Asset Management Saskatchewan is designing and delivering local training to municipalities, thanks to funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). Registration is now open for webinars, which begin this Thursday, November 30. So far, webinars are planned through mid-April. They will also start offering in-person workshops around the province…

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Engaging Provincial Leadership Candidates

Nov 22, 2017

Saskatchewan is experiencing a rare phenomenon, with the two main provincial political parties both undergoing a leadership race. In these exceptional circumstances, SUMA took the opportunity to ask leadership candidates about several issues that are important to Saskatchewan hometowns. In late October, we wrote to the declared candidates for the Saskatchewan Party and Saskatchewan…

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