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Changes to Canada Community Building Fund Unfair to Municipalities

Feb 28, 2024

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) has substantial concerns with changes proposed to the Canada Community Building Fund by the Government of Canada. These changes would see additional criteria related to affordable housing development imposed on the municipal sector. “Our cities, towns, villages, resort villages, and northern municipalities recognize the need for more…

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SUMA helps sister organization with more effective advocacy

Jan 25, 2024

Launched this Wednesday, January 24, 2024 in Cotonou, this three-day training course is part of the Municipal Partnerships for Innovation-Women in Local Politics (PMI-FPL) project. The project is implemented by ANCB in collaboration with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and financed by Global Affairs Canada. The session is led by executives from the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities…

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New Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan Makes Strides, Continued Collaboration Necessary

Nov 20, 2023

The City Mayors’ Caucus and Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) acknowledge the recent strides the province has taken in adopting a new action plan for mental health and addictions, which includes a homelessness strategy and other additional investments in mental health and addictions. Among other items, we are pleased with the 500 new addiction treatment spaces over the…

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Throne Speech Addresses Mental Health and Addictions

Oct 26, 2023

SUMA is pleased with the Government of Saskatchewan’s focus on homelessness, mental health, and addictions in yesterday’s Throne Speech. Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) has advocated government for more action on the mental health and addictions crisis, going so far as to declare this crisis a cornerstone in our advocacy. We have also continually advocated for more…

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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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