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Information on what's happening at SUMA and in the municipal field.

Answering Your Rebranding Questions

Nov 24, 2020

  At the 115th Annual Convention in February, the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) announced it is changing its name to Municipalities of Saskatchewan. We know you have questions, so we've done our best to answer them below.  UPDATE: In November 2020, the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities sent…

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COVID-19 Resources for Municipalities

Nov 19, 2020

  Municipalities of Saskatchewan has created a COVID-19 Update to help keep municipalities informed of provincial updates and new resources. If you or your municipality would like to receive weekly updates, email communications@munisask.ca.   The COVID-19 outbreak is a challenge to public health in our hometowns. Find information and resources below to help keep your residents…

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CentralSource now powered by Kinetic GPO

Oct 20, 2020

CentralSource is transitioning its group purchasing to Kinetic GPO, a Canadian based group purchasing organization (GPO) with diverse contract offerings for Canada’s public sector. CentralSource, formerly SUMAdvantage, was created to harness the purchasing power of Saskatchewan’s hometowns. By joining forces with Kinetic GPO, the value for Municipalities of…

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Municipalities of Saskatchewan Calling for Municipal Support from Provincial Parties

Oct 14, 2020

Today Municipalities of Saskatchewan reviewed the available election platforms issued by the registered political parties participating in the 2020 provincial election and was disappointed by the lack of support for Saskatchewan’s hometowns.   “Municipalities of Saskatchewan reviewed the platforms that have been made available from several of the parties,” said Gordon…

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Convention 2021 is going VIRTUAL

Sep 10, 2020

    The 116th Annual Convention will be held online February 7-10, 2021. With the uncertainty of COVID-19, Municipalities of Saskatchewan's Convention Planning Committee made the decision to transition to a virtual event for 2021 to ensure that representatives from Saskatchewan’s hometowns can still come together in February to network, learn, and advocate for the…

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Federal Emergency Funding Crucial to Hometowns

Jun 4, 2020

While Municipalities of Saskatchewan is appreciative of the federal government fast tracking federal gas tax funding, hometowns require additional emergency funding to continue providing the services that residents rely on daily. “The advance of the federal gas tax funding will help municipalities in the short-term,” said Municipalities of Saskatchewan President Gordon Barnhart.…

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Statement from the Executive Committee Regarding Amalgamation

May 11, 2020

During an interview with the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, which resulted in an article published May 8, 2020, President Gordon Barnhart expressed opinions regarding municipal restructuring. The opinions expressed in the article were strictly his own and do not represent the opinions of the Municipalities of Saskatchewan Board of Directors or the direction of the organization. See the full statement…

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Local Government Week Being Recognized in Saskatchewan

Nov 12, 2019

Treaty 4 Territory, Regina, Sask.– To raise awareness and engagement in local democracy, Local Government Week has again been officially proclaimed in the province of Saskatchewan, at the joint request of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN), Métis Nation Saskatchewan (MN-S), the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), the Saskatchewan School Boards…

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Changes to Cannabis Retailing Place Further Responsibility on Saskatchewan’s Hometowns

Oct 31, 2019

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) continues to call on the provincial government to share a portion of cannabis excise tax revenues as Saskatchewan moves to an open-market system for cannabis retail permits. “Saskatchewan’s hometowns are on the front lines of cannabis legalization, responsible for developing and enforcing rules around cannabis production,…

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City Mayors Talk Upcoming Elections at Semi-Annual Caucus

Oct 17, 2019

City mayors and managers are meeting in Regina today for the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) City Mayors’ Caucus to discuss issues important to the province’s largest municipalities. “Cities carry a great deal of responsibility in Saskatchewan,” said Mayor Fraser Tolmie, chair of the City Mayors’ Caucus and Mayor of Moose Jaw. “The City…

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Changes to Net Metering Program Impact Green Energy Efforts of Saskatchewan Hometowns

Oct 17, 2019

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is concerned that changes to Saskatchewan’s net metering program will impact hometowns building resilience to climate change through alternative energy sources. Saskatchewan’s net metering program will be reactivated on November 1. However, unlike the previous program, there will be no rebate for equipment or installation…

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Public Safety on Agenda for Saskatchewan’s East Central Hometowns

Oct 9, 2019

Municipal leaders from 17 hometowns in east central Saskatchewan are gathered in Yorkton today to discuss the matters important to their hometowns. Topics relating to public safety, including rail safety, are being discussed at the East Central Regional Meeting hosted by the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA). The meeting included a presentation by Marc Brazeau, President of…

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Energy Management on Agenda for Saskatchewan’s Southeast Hometowns

Oct 8, 2019

Municipal leaders from 17 hometowns in southeast Saskatchewan are gathered in Whitewood today to discuss the matters important to their communities. Energy management is one of the topics on the agenda at the Southeast Regional Meeting hosted by the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA). See more in the full media release.

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Inter-municipal Cooperation on Agenda for Saskatchewan’s Southwest Communities

Oct 7, 2019

Municipal leaders from 23 communities in southwest Saskatchewan are gathered in Shaunavon today to discuss the matters important to their communities. Inter-municipal cooperation is one of the topics on the agenda at the Southwest Regional Meeting hosted by the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA). See more in the full media release. 

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Emergency Preparedness on Agenda for Saskatchewan’s West Central Hometowns

Oct 4, 2019

Municipal leaders from 12 hometowns in west central Saskatchewan are gathered in Eston today to discuss matters important to their communities. Emergency preparedness is one of the topics of conversation at the West Central Regional Meeting hosted by the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA). See more in the full media release.

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