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Issue No. 17-13

June 19, 2017
Capacity Building: Don't Miss "The Municipalities Act 101" Webinar

The first webinar in our SUMA Fundamentals Webinar Series is tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. and you can still register! 

Join Steven Dribnenki, our Policy and Legal Advisor, to learn about your role as a municipal leader and what new legislation means to you. Check out the event on our website to register and get all the details.


10,000 Hole-in-One Challenge at the 29th Annual Golf Tournament

The Town of Rosthern has extended their registration deadline to allow you the chance to win $10,000 in a hole-in-one challenge! Register by June 23 for the 29th Annual SUMA Golf Tournament hosted by the Town of Rosthern July 13-14


Have Your Say: Consultation on Carbon Pricing Backstop

The federal government is running a public consultation on the carbon pricing backstop. SUMA members can send their feedback to Steven Dribnenki by Friday, June 23

Sending your feedback to SUMA allows us to draft a response that reflects our members' input by the June 30 closing date. Details on the consultation are available on the Government of Canada website and in this media release


Capacity Building:
Calling All Saskatchewan Mayors

Are you ready to embrace a one-of-a-kind university experience?
Registration for the 2017 Mayors Summer School is now open! Be a part of this exciting and unique two and a half day workshop that will boost your confidence in your role as a mayor as well as fill your tool kit with new skills, knowledge and  networks. Join us on the University of Regina Campus on August 20-22, 2017

Early bird pricing is available until July 12, so visit the event page on our website today to save your seat.


Green Municipal Fund (GMF)

You have until August 1, 2017 to apply for funding for environmental capital projects from the GMF. This is one more chance to commit to the Convention 2017 resolution to be leaders on climate change, so don't miss out on the chance for low-interest loans and grants. 

Contact an advisor at 1-877-997-9926 or by email  to ask questions and find out if your project is eligible before you apply. You can also find information about eligibility and how to apply online.


Have Your Say: 
Cannabis Legislation

The federal government introduced  Bill C-45 (the Cannabis Act),  which would create a national framework for the production, distribution, sale, and possession of cannabis across Canada. If approved by parliament, the bill could become law by July 2018.

In the first round of consultations last summer, we emphasized the need to protect the safety and health of residents, and ensure resources were provided to municipalities.  We continue to engage the federal and provincial governments on these issues in partnership with municipal organizations across Canada, including FCM and SARM. 

We will respond to the latest round of consultations, so please share your views on the legislation. M ore information is available on the  Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis page of the Government of Canada website .


Funding: Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples

The new Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples (UPIP) provides four broad streams of funding: 
  1. Organizational Capacity (Call for proposals open)
  2. Programs and Services (Call for proposals open)
  3. Coalitions 
  4. Research and Innovation
The new programming provides support to address challenges faced by some of the most at-risk community members, including Indigenous women. It provides funding to organizations that offer programs and services that help meet the needs of urban Indigenous Peoples and support their transition to life in an urban centre, such as training and skills programs, youth and mentoring programs, and parenting programs


Community Airports Receive $700,000 in Funding

Congratulations to the 13 urban municipalities and two RMs that received funding from the province through the Community Airport Partnership (CAP). The funds (part of a cost-shared program) will be delivered to:
  • Kindersley;
  • Luseland;
  • Melfort;
  • Moose Jaw;
  • North Battleford; 
  • Oxbow; 
  • RM of Eldon;
  • RM of Frontier;
  • Shaunavon;
  • Shellbrook;
  • Swift Current;
  • Tisdale;
  • Wakaw;
  • Weyburn; and
  • Yorkton.
SUMA has advocated for sustainable funding for community airports for nearly a decade. The Community Airport Partnership (CAP) program helps municipalities continue building links among Saskatchewan and national and international markets. 
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Lock in Historic Lows
Do you want to take advantage of historically low gas prices? Connect Energy   is our preferred supplier of independent natural gas. Locally-owned and licensed in the province of Saskatchewan, Connect Energy hedges gas required at today's future market prices for up to five years.
  • One-Year Guaranteed Rate offers price stability without the long-term commitment.
  • Three-Year Guaranteed Rate provides ability to accurately budget costs for the next three years.
  • Five-Year Guaranteed Rate helps accurately budget costs for the next five years.
  • Wholesale Flex Plan with no long-term commitment can convert to a fixed price for a term of your choice at any time without cost.
Members are invoiced through SaskEnergy with Connect's pricing. Call E.J. today at 866-934-6918 to determine which rate plan works best for your municipality. 
Visit  SUMAdvantage online for a complete list of member programs or email  Lisa Rawlings at SUMA with any questions.


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.


Find Professionals Quickly and Easily

Starting the search for professionals can be a daunting task. SUMA has you covered with the Professional Services DirectoryCheck the directory if you're looking for:
  • communications and advocacy services;
  • HR and labour relations consultants;
  • community planners;
  • lawyers;
  • accountants
  • project managers (construction);
  • municipal engineers; or
  • management consultants and strategic planners.



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


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