August 13, 2018
New Flood Mitigation Program

There's new help available to hometowns with long-term flood mitigation projects.

The new program, the Flood Damage Reduction Program, is designed to help municipalities in their proactive planning to address emergencies before they arise.

A total of $1.5 million in funding is available this year through the program. Project proposals are being accepted in four categories:
  • Structural
  • Mitigation planning
  • Flood plain mapping
  • Hydologic and/or hydraulic investigations

Eligible projects will be cost-shared on a 50/50 basis between the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency and the community.

Apply by October 30.
Congratulations to the City of Yorkton and their new Community Safety Officer!
Promoting Safety with a CSO

Looking to promote safety and enhance bylaw compliance in your hometown? Has your hometown considered a Community Safety Officer (CSO)?

CSOs are municipal employees who carry out high priority, low risk enforcement of bylaws and select provincial statutes. A CSO can provide a uniformed presence in your hometown, liaise with schools and community groups, and target enforcement of municipal bylaws and traffic laws.

The City of Yorkton is employing a Community Safety Officer to help address resident concerns regarding heavy truck traffic, the use of engine retarder breaks within the city, and speeding in school zones. The officer will also enforce Yorkton bylaws and provincial statutes.

If your hometown is interested in employing a CSO like the City of Yorkton, or just learning more about the program, contact Gavin Nash with the Ministry of Corrections and Policing at 306-787-0402.

A new round of CSO training will be available this fall. Watch for updates!
SUMA Webinar: Getting Your Workplace Policies Right
With cannabis legalization around the corner, now is the time to make sure your workplace policies are in place and up to date.

On September 10 at 10:00 a.m., join SUMA and Jana Linner, a lawyer with MLT Aikins, for a presentation on key areas your policies should cover to keep your employees, and residents, safe.
Nearly $50 million announced for community infrastructure projects, green innovation, and climate change

Twenty-six green infrastructure projects, including projects in the City of Prince Albert and Town of Shellbrook, are receiving federal funding through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' (FCM) Green Municipal Fund and Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program.

Almost $37 million will support the variety of green infrastructure initiatives that will improve the lives of Canadians. In Prince Albert, funding extends public transportation services. For Shellbrook, funding will improve the energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions of the recreation centre.

More than $12.1 million in funding is also supporting new infrastructure planning, green innovation, and climate change resiliency initiatives. Hometowns receiving funding are: Moosomin, Aberdeen, Esterhazy, Earl Grey, and Saskatoon.


See how other Saskatchewan hometowns are going green and check out SUMA's new Climate Change Policy.
Obsolete Pesticide Collection

Do you have unwanted agricultural pesticides or livestock medications that you want to get rid of?

Safely dispose of them for no charge! Cleanfarms Saskatchewan is collecting unwanted pesticides and livestock medications from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. October 1-5.

Collection is happening in the northern part of the province:
  • October 1 - Foam Lake, Porcupine Plain, Saskatoon, and Spiritwood
  • October 2 - Biggar, Hudson Bay, Turtleford, and Yorkton
  • October 3 - Lloydminster, Melfort, Norquay, and Unity
  • October 4 - Choiceland, Humboldt, Kindersley, and North Battleford
  • October 5 - Outlook, Prince Albert, Waldheim, and Watrous.

Collection in the southern part of the province is set to happen in 2020.
Show off Your Municipality

Is your municipality doing something new, innovative, and ahead of the curve? Are you working with neighbouring municipalities? Your project could be award worthy!

Nominations are open for the
Awards are presented to the top three projects that show innovation and betterment for their municipality.

Nominations are open until September 7.

Program sponsor:
Service Award Nominations

Do you know individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to outstanding service in the municipal field? Nominate them to be recognized for their contribution to the community with one of these awards, to be presented at Convention 2019.

  • Meritorious Service Award: for Saskatchewan urban municipal employees who have served at least 20 years
  • Honorary Service Award: for urban elected officials who have served at least 20 years on council
  • Scoop Lewry Award: for elected officials, administrators, SUMA officials, and employees of the Ministry of Government Relations

Complete award nominations are due by October 3.
Scam Alert: Please be Aware
Several administrators have been receiving phone calls from an individual identifying themselves as a representative of Central Services and inquiring about printer toner supply.

Please be advised this person is not a member of Central Services nor a SUMAdvantage business partner.

If you receive a call that you are uncertain about, ask for both the caller and company name. And then contact the company in question directly to verify the legitimacy of the call - do not use a phone number provided by the caller.

If you believe you may have been a target of fraud, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.
Upcoming Events
SUMA Event Insight
Has your hometown updated its workplace policies to reflect the legalization of cannabis?
We're working on it.
Classifieds and Grants

Positions Available

Find the latest listings by visiting the SUMA Classifieds section of our website, under the Programs and Services tab.
Have a position to fill or an item to sell? Submit your ad on our website.

Upcoming Deadlines

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