August 24, 2020
Expanded Federal Project Funding During COVID-19

New ICIP Funding Stream
The federal government has adjusted the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) to include a new COVID-19 resilience funding stream.

Under the new funding stream, provinces and territories have the option of transferring up to 10 per cent of their initial allocation under the ICIP integrated bilateral agreements to the COVID-19 stream to benefit from up to an 80 per cent federal cost share or 100 per cent federal cost share for Indigenous projects and projects in territories.

For projects that can start in the near-term, eligibility criteria in the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program's other existing streams have also been expanded.
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Last Chance to Nominate

A very important deadline is coming up; don't miss your chance to recognize your municipality for going the extra mile.

The Saskatchewan Municipal Awards (SMAs) are a great way to celebrate the success, innovation, and excellence in your municipality. Submit your nomination now.

Nominations close September 4. Winners will be announced in November.
The Saskatchewan Municipal Awards are sponsored by:
This September - Virtual Sessions for Municipal Leaders and Residents

To encourage participation in municipal governance and increase understanding of what it means to be on council, Municipalities of Saskatchewan has created Municipal Governance 101, a series of free virtual sessions designed for anyone who has an interest in municipal politics or who is thinking of running for council in the upcoming municipal elections.
September 1: Introduction to Local Government

On September 1 in Municipal Governance 101: Introduction to Local Government, learn about the role of council, what your responsibilities are as a councillor, and more.
September 8-10: Hall Sessions

September 8, 9, and 10, Municipalities of Saskatchewan is hosting three separate sessions where residents from cities, towns, and villages can ask a panel of individuals experienced in municipal governance their questions.
Join municipalities like the Town of Kindersley, Town of Dundurn, Town of Carrot River, and City of Lloydminster in promoting these sessions to residents.
Increased Funding for Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program

The Water Security Agency (WSA) is expanding the Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program (EFDRP) by $2 million this year.

The 2020-21 budget will be increased from $500,000 to $2.5 million, and the $100,000 funding cap per applicant has been removed.

Established in 2011, the program provides financial, technical, and engineering assistance to help individuals, communities, and rural municipalities prevent or reduce flood damage to property.

Share Your Thoughts on Asset Management in Canada

As part of the Municipal Asset Management Program delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) is conducting a national survey on the current needs and demand for workforce capacity and capability development of asset management in Canada.

This survey is critical to understanding Canada’s asset management landscape. CNAM will use the data collected to help the industry better structure and provide support to Canadian public sector organizations in the future.

Responders First Contest

To celebrate volunteer first responders in Saskatchewan, My Mutual Insurance is offering two prizes of $24,000 to two local groups of volunteer first responders in the province.

Volunteer first responder groups can enter to win by submitting a creative photo or short video of the team, along with a short write up on the team and any amazing stories.

Submissions must be received by August 28. Voting will open August 31.

PLANet for MEPP Members

The Public Employees Benefits Agency is introducing PLANet, the new online pension administration system for Municipal Employees Pension Plan (MEPP) members and employers. The new online member portal of PLANet is designed to provide MEPP members with secure access to up-to-date information regarding their pension.

Excited to start using PLANet? Information on how to access PLANet is being sent out. MEPP pensioners, stay tuned for information on when you too will have access.

Bear-Proof Your Community

With warmer weather, it is common to see black bears on the move. They are establishing new territory, attracted to new smells and looking for food. As long as a bear keeps moving through an area and does not show an interest in people or their property, there is no conflict. Problems start when human food is available for bears to feed on.

The Ministry of Environment has created a poster to help residents bear-proof their homes. 
Changes to WCB’s Employer’s Initial Report of Injury Form
Saskatchewan's Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) is launching an updated version of their Employer's Initial Report Injury (E1) form.
The main changes to the E1 form include:
  • A document upload feature
  • Limited required fields
  • Limited questions
  • Updated dashboard and technical compatibility

Advocacy Update
First Municipal Projects Approved Under Targeted Sector Support

Thirty-three projects have been approved under the Targeted Sector Support (TSS) Initiative. These projects, which are approved to receive more than $1.18 million of provincial support, are the first projects approved for funding through the initiative.

Examples of some of the projects include training to enhance the skills of municipal administrators, developing regional emergency plans, completing a joint parks and recreation plan, improving asset management, and strengthening collaboration among communities.

Provincial funding is from the previous fiscal year and will cover up to 75 per cent of each of the projects. The funding is administered by Municipalities of Saskatchewan on behalf of the TSS Steering Committee, which is made up of representatives from Municipalities of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), the Saskatchewan Association of Northern Communities (New North), and the Ministry of Government Relations. Municipalities of Saskatchewan is in the process of finalizing funding agreements with successful applicants.

Projects are funded under one of the following streams: dispute resolution and relationship building; capacity building; regional cooperation; and municipal transition. A second project intake will occur in 2021.
Event Insight
What would you like to see most at a virtual convention?
Education sessions
Dialogue with Ministers and Bearpit
Recognize A Community Leader

Do you know an elected official, administrator, Municipalities of Saskatchewan official, or personnel in provincial government who has demonstrated a higher standard of public engagement? Have they made an outstanding contribution to municipal politics? Nominate them for a Scoop Lewry Award!

For more information on all of our service awards visit our website. Nominations close October 5.
Classifieds and Grants

Positions Available:

  • Town of Midale: Labourer (When filled)

For Sale:

Have a position to fill or an item to sell? Submit your ad on our website.

Find the latest listings by visiting the Classifieds section of our website, under the Programs and Services tab.

Upcoming Deadlines:

New Funding:

For a full listing of grants, check the Grants section of our website under the Resources tab.
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