Media releases from SUMA.

Training Partnership to Build Capacity in Saskatchewan Communities

Sep 19, 2017

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) and Southeast College are pleased to be partnering to offer Municipal Management Essentials (MME). This management training program is targeted to meet the needs of employees and elected officials in Saskatchewan hometowns. The workshops include topics such as time management, organizational skills, communicating effectively, conflict…

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SUMA and MCoS Encourage Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Through Toolkit

Aug 28, 2017

The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) and the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) are encouraging Saskatchewan hometowns to commit to the Welcoming and Inclusive Communities (WIC) | #WelcomeHome150 initiative. To support the initiative, the two organizations are drawing attention to a toolkit designed specifically for Saskatchewan communities. “Our hometowns are…

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Mayors Summer School with SUMA

Aug 21, 2017

Mayors and deputy mayors from more than 40 Saskatchewan hometowns are spending August 20–22 on the University of Regina campus filling their tool kit with new skills, knowledge, and confidence as they build networks with their peers around the province. The one-of-a-kind experience is put on by the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) as part of our core function to…

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SUMA Reacts to Premier Wall's Retirement Announcement

Aug 10, 2017

In response today’s announcement that Premier Brad Wall will retire from Saskatchewan politics, the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) thanks him for his years of service, and looks forward to continued work with the provincial government. “As a non-partisan organization, SUMA has had the pleasure of working with many premiers since our inception more than a century…

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SUMA and SARM Respond to Bank and Credit Union Closures in Saskatchewan

Jul 14, 2017

The spate of recent bank and credit union closures in hometowns across Saskatchewan is raising concern for both the associations representing municipalities in the province. The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) and the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) want to ensure residents have access to banking close to home. “SUMA believes in the importance…

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SUMA CEO Retiring This Fall

Jun 26, 2017

Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) President Gordon Barnhart announced today that Laurent Mougeot is stepping down after 12 years as SUMA’s Chief Executive Officer. Mougeot’s last day will be September 22, 2017. A search for SUMA’s new CEO will start in the coming weeks. “Laurent has been a strong leader on the local government scene,” said…

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Local Government Summit

Jun 1, 2017

The second edition of the Local Government Summit was held today in Ottawa, in advance of a conference for provincial and territorial ministers of municipal affairs scheduled for July in Regina. Saskatchewan municipal association presidents Ray Orb (Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities) and Gordon Barnhart (Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association) co-chaired the summit of…

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Towns and Villages Gather at SUMA Sector Meeting

May 25, 2017

More than 100 representatives from Saskatchewan towns and villages are meeting in Saskatoon today for the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) annual stand-alone sector meeting. “This is a great chance for our members to discuss common concerns and solutions,” said Vice-President of Towns Rodger Hayward. “It’s the third year we’ve held a meeting like…

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SUMA Renews Call for Meaningful Consultation as Bill 64 Becomes Law

May 12, 2017

Today, the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) renewed its call for meaningful consultation with the provincial government, following the passage of Bill 64, An Act to amend The Power Corporation Act and The SaskEnergy Act. With the proclamation of Bill 64 today, the provincial government has taken $33 million in annual funding from 109 Saskatchewan hometowns, beginning in the…

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Province’s Bill 64 Strips Hometowns of Revenues and Rights

Apr 24, 2017

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) voiced its objections again today against Bill 64, An Act to amend The Power Corporation Act and The SaskEnergy Act. “Bill 64 strips 109 hometowns of payments in lieu they are legally entitled to, and gives the provincial government the power to redirect these royalties to the general revenue fund,” said SUMA Vice-President of…

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SUMA Calls for Meaningful Consultation as Hometowns Reopen Budgets

Apr 10, 2017

The Executive Committee from the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association showcased a united front today, as they continued to push the provincial government to engage in meaningful consultation with the province’s more than 440 hometowns left reeling by the significant cuts and downloading delivered in the provincial budget. In addition to stripping $36 million of payments in lieu…

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Provincial Government Punishing Hometowns

Mar 28, 2017

Saskatchewan hometowns are reeling this week as the reality of the provincial budget continues to sink in. The 2017 provincial budget stripped $36 million of payments in lieu from Saskatchewan’s urban municipalities — a move that the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is calling on the provincial government to reverse. “We expected last week’s provincial…

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SUMA Relieved "Solemn Promise" of Revenue Sharing Maintained, Disappointed by Continued Downloading

Mar 22, 2017

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) was relieved that today’s provincial budget maintains what Premier Brad Wall has called the “solemn promise” of the municipal revenue sharing program, but remains concerned about the many small ways Saskatchewan’s hometowns are forced to bear the burden through provincial downloading. “Our cities, towns,…

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Conference Board of Canada Report on Sustainable Public Policies

Mar 6, 2017

The Conference Board of Canada recently completed a report entitled “Reinventing the West: Sustainable public policies and fiscal regimes for the 21st century.” The report, commissioned by the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) examines recent demographic and economic trends in Saskatchewan, and takes a close look at the fiscal framework between the province and…

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SUMA Convention 2017 Wraps Up

Feb 8, 2017

More than 1,000 delegates from towns, villages, cities, and northern municipalities across Saskatchewan are heading home after a whirlwind four days at SUMA’s 112th Annual Convention. This was the first SUMA convention since the 2016 municipal elections, and there were many highlights.

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