SUMA City Mayors Call on the Province to Address Problems with the Saskatchewan Income Support Program and Social Housing

Jun 14, 2023

The SUMA City Mayors Caucus recently met in the City of Melville to discuss the shared issues affecting the cities and residents of our province. Some of the most critical issues continue to be homelessness, and the negative effects of homelessness on the homeless themselves and on the neighbourhoods, businesses, and individual residents of our province. “The Saskatchewan Income Support…

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Provincial Investments Important to Saskatchewan’s Hometowns

Mar 23, 2023

Provincial investments are important to improving the quality of life in Saskatchewan’s cities, towns, villages, resort villages, and northern municipalities. With the release of the 2023-24 provincial budget, SUMA recognizes the province’s effort to improve the lives of Saskatchewan’s residents, particularly through increased funding for infrastructure and health services.

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Reduced Access to Health Care, Costs of Landfill Decommissioning, Impacting Communities

Mar 3, 2023

Annually the SUMA Convention and Tradeshow brings municipal issues to the attention of the provincial government and the public. As SUMA prepares for the 2023 event, the association is continuing to call on the provincial government to address enduring issues in Saskatchewan’s hometowns including reduced access to health care and the costs of landfill decommissioning.

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Saskatchewan Cities Feeling Pinch of PST on Municipal Construction Projects

Feb 10, 2023

As municipalities finalize their municipal budgets and prepare for the 2023 construction season, Saskatchewan’s hometowns are continuing to feel the pinch of PST on municipal construction projects. Cities are paying millions of dollars in PST on infrastructure projects designed to improve the quality of life for their residents and surrounding areas.

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Saskatchewan City Mayors Calling for Full Review of Saskatchewan Housing and Income Support Programs

Nov 28, 2022

Saskatchewan’s city mayors continue to be concerned by the challenges faced by their most vulnerable residents and are calling on the Government of Saskatchewan to review both the Saskatchewan Income Support program and the Social Housing Program. “These programs are supposed to help our residents in need. But we continue to see individuals struggle to either pay their rent or gain…

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Local Government Organizations Launch Resource for Saskatchewan Educators

Nov 14, 2022

Treaty 4 Territory, Regina, Sask.– To raise awareness and engagement in local democracy, local government organizations in Saskatchewan have launched a resource to support Grade 4 educators as they teach students about governance. The resource, Who Governs Us? Who Governs the Land? focuses on governance at the local, community, civic, and provincial levels, including both Métis and…

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SUMA meets with Premier Moe

Nov 9, 2022

On November 8, SUMA met with Premier Scott Moe to bring hometown concerns to the head of the provincial government. There were many topics discussed. A consultation protocol agreement to give municipalities a seat at the table: This agreement would lay out a process to be followed every time the government is making decisions that affect municipalities. It would lay out how many days…

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SUMA Reiterating Call for Change to Municipal Election Date

Oct 20, 2022

With the release of Saskatchewan Chief Electoral Officer Michael Boda’s final report on the 2020 provincial election, SUMA is once again calling for a change to the municipal election date for Saskatchewan’s cities, towns, and villages. “Saskatchewan’s Chief Electoral Officer has reiterated that more space should be created between municipal and provincial elections, and…

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SUMA and SAMA Respond to IPTI Report on Assessment

Sep 12, 2022

In July 2022, the International Property Tax Institute (IPTI) completed a report titled, “Review of the Property Tax System in Saskatchewan, April 2022.” SUMA engaged IPTI to conduct the independent external review of the property assessment and taxation system in Saskatchewan in relation to best practices from other jurisdictions.

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New Intake for Targeted Sector Support Initiative

Sep 1, 2022

From now until November 15, 2022, the Targeted Sector Support (TSS) Initiative is accepting grant applications for municipal projects that focus on regional co-operation, capacity building, and good governance.   The TSS Initiative provides cost-shared grants, up to 75 per cent on eligible costs, to municipalities partnering to strengthen their core municipal responsibilities.…

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SUMA Calling on Federal Government to Absorb Retroactive RCMP Pay Costs

Aug 18, 2022

On behalf of Saskatchewan’s hometowns, SUMA, in coordination with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and other provincial and territorial associations, is continuing to call on the federal government to absorb the retroactive pay costs associated with the new RCMP collective agreement. “Safety is a top priority in our hometowns, and we truly value the work of those protecting…

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City Mayors Calling for Review of Social Housing Program

Jun 29, 2022

Mayors from Saskatchewan’s cities are calling for a review of the province’s social housing program, specifically eligibility criteria, as thousands of affordable housing units sit vacant. “Stable housing is a basic need,” Mayor Gerald Aalbers, Chair of SUMA’s City Mayors’ Caucus, said. “There are individuals in need of adequate, affordable shelter in…

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SUMA Supporting those Displaced by Conflict in Ukraine

Jun 28, 2022

As the province prepares to welcome 230 individuals displaced by war in Ukraine, SUMA and Saskatchewan’s cities, towns, villages, resort villages, and northern municipalities are ready to help.

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Recognize Members of Your Community with the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal

Jun 6, 2022

 Has someone you know made contributions to Canada, Saskatchewan, or your community? Recognize these contributions with the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal  The commemorative medal celebrates the 70th anniversary year of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's II's accession to the Throne. A total of 7,000 medals will be presented through the Platinum Jubilee year, which ends…

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SUMA’s Response to the 2022 Federal Budget

Apr 8, 2022

The 2022 budget released by the Government of Canada will assist Saskatchewan’s cities, towns, villages, resort villages, and northern municipalities in tackling homelessness, but SUMA is disappointed in the lack of response to address mental health and addictions and ensure equal access to broadband, clean water, and safe transportation.

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