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

Council Parity on the Agenda for Hometowns in Central Saskatchewan

October 01, 2019

Municipal leaders from nine hometowns in central Saskatchewan are gathered in Wadena today to discuss issues important to their communities.

Parity at the council table is one of the discussions at the Central Regional Meeting hosted by the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA).

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Applications Open for the Landfill Environmental Site Assessment Program

September 30, 2019

The funding program designed to support municipalities conducting Environmental Site Assessments for closed or closing landfills is now accepting applications.

The Landfill Environmental Site Assessment (LESA) Program, a partnership between SUMA and the Ministry of Environment, is accepting applications from urban, rural, and northern municipalities in Saskatchewan who have applied to the Ministry's Environmental Protection Branch to close their municipal landfill.

LESA is providing funding for up to 10 environmental site assessments, with each grant covering up to $22,500 of the cost of completing an assessment. Municipalities are responsible for any remaining cost.

Application requirements

  • Be an urban, rural,…

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SUMA, SARM Launch Harassment Prevention Policy Template for Municipalities

September 24, 2019

All employers have a moral and legislative obligation to provide a harassment free workplace. The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) and the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) are launching a harassment prevention policy template to help municipalities respond to harassment in the workplace.

 “The template is a tool for municipalities to ensure harassment is dealt with appropriately and promptly, advancing safe and harassment free workplaces in our communities,” said SUMA President Gordon Barnhart.

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SUMA Kicking Off 2019 Federal Election Advocacy Campaign

September 11, 2019

The Federal election has been officially called and Canadians will head to the polls on October 21 to elect Canada's 43rd Parliament. 

Leading up to that day, SUMA will be bringing important municipal issues to the federal forefront. In advance of the 2019 federal election, SUMA is calling on all federal parties to present platforms that:

  • create a new federal-municipal relationship where municipalities can manage their assets and make meaningful investments through Gas Tax and Cannabis Excise Tax revenues.
  • give municipalities the tools to build climate-resilient infrastructure, manage and plan for natural disasters, and reduce and recycle plastic waste.

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Hometowns Call for Share of Cannabis Excise Tax

June 13, 2019

Saskatchewan hometowns are calling on the provincial government to meet federal expectations and recognize the responsibilities municipalities have in cannabis legalization by sharing a portion of cannabis excise tax revenues.

In the last month, nearly 50 Saskatchewan hometowns have sent a letter to Saskatchewan’s Minister of Finance recognizing that municipalities value a respectful, government-to-government relationship between provincial and local governments, and that sharing cannabis excise tax revenues honours that relationship and acknowledges the responsibilities hometowns have in legalization.

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SUMA Welcomes Closer Federal-Municipal Relationship

June 05, 2019

The Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) welcomes a closer federal-municipal relationship as discussed at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) annual conference.

Officials from across the country, including representatives from Saskatchewan, heard from leaders of four national political parties during the annual event. Each leader recognized the crucial role municipalities have and the importance of a direct relationship between the federal government and municipalities. Federal Minister Bernadette Jordan, minister of rural economic development, also recognized the importance of working directly with municipalities as partners. SUMA values these sentiments as Saskatchewan hometowns vie for a share of cannabis excise tax revenues…

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City Mayors Talk Common Concerns at Semi-Annual Caucus

May 15, 2019

City mayors and managers are meeting in Estevan today for the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) City Mayors’ Caucus to discuss issues important to the province’s largest municipalities. 

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Towns, Villages, and Northern Municipalities Gather at Sector Meeting

May 09, 2019

Representatives from Saskatchewan towns, villages, and northern municipalities are in Prince Albert today for the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) stand-alone sector meeting.

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Hometowns Deserve Share of Cannabis Excise Tax

May 01, 2019

In December 2017, the federal and provincial governments agreed that provinces would receive 75 per cent of the cannabis excise tax revenues instead of a fifty-fifty split. These additional dollars were to support municipalities. But nearly one and a half years later, and more than six months since the legalization of cannabis, the provincial government has failed to pass on a portion of the cannabis excise tax to Saskatchewan’s hometowns.

Read more in SUMA's op-ed.

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Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network Expanding

April 18, 2019

The network that enables residents to receive reliable information about crime happening in the area directly from the RCMP is expanding. 

The Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network was initially launched in March in southern Saskatchewan. It is now expanding to include central and northern Saskatchewan.

Through the network, the RCMP and its partner agencies have the ability to communicate directly with the public on matters of crime prevention and community safety. Citizens can sign up to receive crime watch advisories from their local RCMP detachments by text message, email, or phone.

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