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

Budget Reaction Continues for SUMA

April 10, 2017

The days since the March 22 release of the provincial budget have been busy for SUMA. The best place to find the latest details on how the 2017-18 budget hurts hometowns is on the hub page we created specifically for this issue. There you will find our communication with members, media releases, links to our social media accounts, what our members and the media are saying, and resources that will help you have your voice heard on this budget. 

As the voice of urban Saskatchewan, SUMA will promote, protect, and defend our members' interests in the wake of a…

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SUMA’s Reaction to The 2017-18 Provincial Budget

March 23, 2017

Yesterday, the Government of Saskatchewan released its latest budget. Among other things, the budget held the line on municipal revenue sharing, raised the provincial sales tax percentage and removed exemptions, cut provincial funding for libraries and urban parks, and will move to cut the Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) and shift payments from Crown corporations to the provincial general revenue fund instead of municipalities. You can read SUMA's response to the budget in our media release, and our policy position on the STC.

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Estevan Mercury Editorial: Leave Municipalities’ Money Alone

February 16, 2017

This week, the Estevan Mercury published an editorial defending the current revenue sharing forumula. You can read the full editorial on their website.

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SUMA Grateful for Federal GTF Funding for 120 Urban Projects in 2016

January 05, 2017

Project plans for 2016 show the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) supported 120 local roads and bridges projects in Saskatchewan's urban municipalities. On behalf of members, SUMA expressed gratitude today for the "predictable, long-term, indexed funding" our members receive thanks to the GTF. SUMA thanks the Government of Canada for their commitment to Saskatchewan hometowns.

More details on the projects the federal GTF helped make possible are available on the Government of Canada website.

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Municipal Management Essentials Training

December 28, 2016

SUMA is excited to partner with our friends at SARM and the Southeast College to offer Municipal Management Essentials training to members. This training is intended to supplement training available throught the Municipal Leadership Development Program (MLDP) and help municipalities build skills and capacity for administrative staff and foremen (though council members are welcome to attend, as many of the workshops will also apply to them). We encourage you to find out more about Investing in People to Create a Stronger Municipality, and check out the training schedule for more information on upcoming…

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Crime Reduction Committee Tour

December 15, 2016

The Crime Reduction Committee was struck recently to examine crime in Saskatchewan. Their goal is "to determine where provincial policies are effective in reducing and eliminating crime, and what best-practices can be used to reduce it in other areas." The committee will be touring the province to receive input from organizations, individuals and communities (see the schedule below) and are welcoming written submissions if you cannot attend. Interim President Goulden will appear on behalf of SUMA at the Yorkton stop on the tour, but we encourage members to attend or provide submissions as well. Submissions can be sent to CRCSubmissions@skcaucus.com.…

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Apply Now for Infrastructure Funding

December 08, 2016

The Government of Saskatchewan is now accepting applications for infrastructure projects through two funding programs: the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF), and the Provincial Territorial Infrastructure Component (PTIC) of the New Building Canada Fund. You can use the same online form to apply to both programs, but previous PTIC applications will need to be resubmitted. The form and more information are available on the Government of Saskatchewan website. Start now, because applications are due by noon on Monday, January 23, 2017. Details on the announcement are also available in their media release.

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Board of Directors Update

November 29, 2016

Randy Goulden has be elected Interim President by the Board of Directors to serve until the end Convention 2017. Rounding out the Executive Committee is: 

  • VP of Cities: Bob Maloney;
  • VP of Towns: Rodger Hayward;
  • Interim VP of Villages, Resort Villages, and Northern Municipalities: Mike Strachan; and 
  • Saskatoon/Regina Executive Member: Mike O'Donnell. 

The single-city regions are represented by:

  • Saskatoon: Darren Hill and alternate Randy Donauer;
  • Prince Albert: Don Cody;
  • Regina: Bob Hawkins and Mike O'Donnell; and
  • Moose Jaw: Dawn Luhning.

Regional meetings wrapped up last week, so the seven southern regions have elected their Board representatives: 

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Register Now for Fall MLDP Modules

November 17, 2016

While SUMA staff are giving the Municipal Leaders' Roles and Responsibilities workshops around Saskatchewan, we also remind you that you can register for the other Municipal Leadership Development Program (MLDP) modules coming up later this fall. These workshops are a great way for council members to network and learn about strengthening leadership in local government. Past attendees have had glowing reviews:

  • "Great presenter with a vast knowledge of the material as well as a varied background on many aspects of the profession."
  • "Very good workshop — I wish that all of council would take it!"
  • "All councillors should be…

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SUMA Pleased to See Further Investment in Infrastructure

November 02, 2016

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) is pleased to see the Government of Canada expanding their investment in infrastructure as announced yesterday in the fall fiscal update.

See our full response in today's media release

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