Who We Are
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.
The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is the provincial voice of urban municipal governments representing cities, towns and villages.
Through strength in unity, SUMA advocates, negotiates and initiates improvements in local, provincial and federal legislation, and delivers programs and services to members to enhance the quality of life in Saskatchewan.
SUMA is the unified, respected, and influential voice of urban municipalities promoting effective governance and progressive public policies that improve the quality of urban life.
SUMA’s strategic plan for 2013-16 employs a series of core strategies to shape the Association’s work, aligning with our vision, mission, and values.
We examined our core functions, and determined member and organizational priorities to guide our work until 2016.
For more details, read the 2013-16 Strategic Plan.
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: