Tools

fInformation and tools for SUMA members.

Municipal governments and First Nations across Canada are working together to provide improved and cost-effective services to their residents while strengthening ties between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal populations in Canada. Although there are many successful service agreements, there are also many communities that have yet to meet their neighbour and work collaboratively. Through improved communication and relationship-building, First Nations and municipalities can create partnerships based on respect and a sense of community to meet their mutual service and infrastructure needs.

Canada’s property taxpayers subsidize telecommunications companies by more than $107 million a year. That’s how much municipal governments pay so these for-profit companies can dig up our streets and use public rights-of-way without paying the full cost. FCM has long supported Canadian municipalities in their struggle to regain control over their property and save taxpayers money.
Page 30 of this toolkit has a checklist for municipalities wishing to draft their Municipal Access Agreement.

Municipal Affairs, along with sector partners, has developed a new interactive tool to help you assess the sustainability of your municipal operations and help you identify opportunities for improvement. The easy to use interactive tool allows municipalities to evaluate the sustainability of their municipal operations by answering questions related to the key areas of municipal sustainability. Based on the responses, the tool will provide municipalities with a score related to each area. Examining the self-assessment scores will help municipalities assess the things that are going well and areas where there are opportunities for improvement. This tool is exclusively for municipal use and results are not required to be shared.

This document includes a list of financing tools available to Saskatchewan municipalities as of August 2015. For each financing tool, a brief definition and the legislative authority is provided. The onus is on the municipality to identify all requirements necessary to make use of any one of these financing tools.

The Ministry of Government Relations - Advisory Services and Municipal Relations has developed this quick reference guide of common questions they receive from local governments. If you'd like more information, please visit the Government of Saskatchewan website at www.municipal.gov.sk.ca or consult legislation, which is available for free download at the Office of the Queen's Printer at www.qp.gov.sk.ca.

The Asset Management Getting Starting Guide is now available to help you understand asset management and how to use it to help support municipal operations. 

In 2014, SUMA and our partner, the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association, embarked on the creation of a guide for municipalities to facilitate collaboration between municipalities to provide recreation services. SUMA's portion of this intiative was funded through the advocacy fund created in 2013. We hired HJ Linnen and Associates to do the research and create the guide, which debuted at Convention 2015, and are pleased to present it to our membership.

The MCDP was a partnership between SUMA, SARM, New North, and Government Relations to promote growth, cooperation and community development through inter-municipal partnership. Though the MCDP ended March 31, 2016, many of their facilitation, education, and research resources are still available on their website. 

  • Social Media

SUMA is happy to provide a copy of our social media policy and handbook as a starting place for your municipality. To see the policy in action, you can follow us on Twitter @SUMA_amplifylike us on Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube channel

The Elected Officials Handbook includes tips on using social media, and a version of this article on mitigating the risks of social media appeared in the fall 2017 edition of Urban Voice

  • Community Safety Officer Program

The Ministry of Justice has provided a fact sheet and a list of frequently asked questions on the Community Safety Officer Program to inform municipalities about what the program is, how it works, and the benefits for municipalities. 

  • Resources from the Ministry of Government Relations

The Ministry of Government Relations YouTube channel contains several videos. Two series may be of particular interest: Freedom of Information (duties of the public and duties of the municipality) and Conflict of interest (for elected officials, municipal administration and citizens)

They also have a page of municipal administrator resources, including a document outlining municipal services and functions in legislationan administrator's calendar, and other resources.

SUMA has compiled some resources to help members comply with the Grade Crossing Regulations information-sharing requirements, due November 27, 2016.

Saskatchewan hometowns are where people come together in community, and there's a free toolkit to help you make your communities as welcoming and inclusive as possible. The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) has created an eight-module toolkit, as part of the Welcoming and Inclusive Communities (WIC) | #WelcomeHome150 initiative. SUMA is proud to share this amazing resource, and we encourage all our members to take advantage all the toold available to make your hometowns welcoming and inclusive to everyone.