|Our History||Mission, Vision, and Values|
|Strategic Plan||Bylaws and Governance|
At the turn of the century, the local city, town, and village governments of the day believed it was necessary to have an organization through which they could, on a collective basis, express their needs and desires for legislative and financial services, to the provincial government.
In 1906, the Union of Saskatchewan Municipalities (the name would later change to the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association) held their first convention. Mayor Peter McAra, Jr., of the City of Regina, was SUMA’s first president.
Recognized since 1906 as the collective voice of Saskatchewan municipalities, SUMA represents the interests of municipal governments on policy and program matters within provincial jurisdiction that bear directly on them.
The Association has been in continuous operation since that time, serving the needs of member councils by maintaining and improving the strength of local government.
In 1967, the Board of Directors believed that it was necessary to strengthen SUMA and to empower the Association to engage in activities that would enable us to better serve our members. An act of the Saskatchewan Legislature was passed in April of 1967 to incorporate the Association and to vest powers which would enable it to more effectively meet its objectives.
SUMA’s legacy has continued to grow since its inception more than a century ago. You can find more details on our history in two books (The Urban Age, and The New Urban Age), and keep up with what we are doing now through Urban Update and Urban Voice.
Our Mission, Vision, and Values
SUMA Mission Statement
The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is the voice of Saskatchewan's hometowns.
SUMA is the collective voice for all Saskatchewan hometown communities and represents the interests of the members to other orders of government leading to improved local government and thriving, sustainable communities.
Independence: We believe in protecting strong local autonomy
Member-focused: We are a member-driven organization and consider the interests of all urban sectors prior to making decisions
Accountability: We are accountable for our actions internally and externally
Innovative: We believe in providing innovative and value-driven programs and services to our members
Transparency: We take a fact-based approach to public policy
Respectful: We respect each other, our members, and others that we work with
After every municipal election, once the full Board is in place, SUMA creates a strategic plan for the term. It is our guiding star, setting the priorities for our work on behalf of members and within the Association. The strategic plan is a critical part of SUMA’s governance. This high-level view of our work helps us be sure we are moving in the right direction in all our work.
In the 2017-21 SUMA Strategic Plan, we reiterated our core functions, tweaked our mission, vision and values, and set out five strategic priorities. This plan was crafted in close consultation with our Board and senior management, and we are excited to share it with members.
Bylaws and Governance
SUMA is governed by a Board of Directors made up of elected officials from various regions within the province and the executive committee which represents by sector through the President, Vice-President Towns, Vice-President Cities, Vice-President Villages, Resort Villages and Northern Municipalities, and an Executive Member from either Saskatoon or Regina.
SUMA’s bylaws set out our structure and method of operation. The bylaws specifically provide for a periodic review to ensure that the organizational structure continues to meet the Association’s goals and objectives.
SUMA Bylaws 2016
SUMA engages in partnerships that provide benefits to SUMA member municipalities. Some of our current partners:
- Saskatchewan Municipal Awards (SMA)
- Municipal Leadership Development Program (MLDP)
- Urban Municipal Administrators’ Association of Saskatchewan (UMAAS)
- Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA)
- Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism (SSM)
- Southeast College