November 5, 2018
2020 Municipal Election Date Set

The Province has announced that municipal elections will happen on November 9, 2020 .

Previously, the 2020 municipal elections were set to happen five days before the 2020 provincial election. The election dates are being amended so the provincial election will take place on October 26, 2020, and the municipal and school board elections will follow two weeks later on November 9, 2020.

Following the 2020 election, future provincial elections will be held on the last Monday in October, and future municipal elections will occur on the second Wednesday in November, unless it falls on Remembrance Day.

Though the move of the municipal election date was not the preferred option, SUMA is pleased that municipal elections will not be postponed by one year, and voters in Saskatchewan's hometowns will continue to head to the polls every four years.
SUMA Welcomes New Vice-President of Cities

SUMA is excited to welcome a new Vice-President of Cities to SUMA's Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

Moose Jaw Mayor Fraser Tolmie was elected as chair of the Saskatchewan City Mayors' Caucus (CMC) on October 25. As chair, the Moose Jaw mayor also represents Saskatchewan's cities on the SUMA Board.

Mayor Tolmie succeeds Mayor of Yorkton Bob Maloney.

Elected to serve as vice-chair of the CMC is Lloydminster Mayor Gerald Aalbers.

Congratulations to mayors Tolmie and Aalbers, and thank you to Mayor Maloney for his dedication to Saskatchewan's municipalities.
Convention 2019: Registration Now Open
The online registration system for Convention 2019 is now open! Your municipality's main contact should have received an email earlier today inviting you to register. You will need to use that email to access the registration website.

To make the process as smooth as possible, this document covers everything members need to know before starting registration. Other details (including information for non-members) are available on the Registration page of our website.

The Agenda and Events page includes the brochure and agenda, and information on Convention 2019 social activities. Visit the Convention page on the SUMA website for all of the latest details.
Convention 2019: Last Call for Resolutions

Do you have a policy issue you think SUMA should take on? You still have time to send in your resolutions for Convention 2019. The deadline is  November 15 , but don't hesitate, because the resolution needs to be approved by council. 

To get started with resolutions, review the full  Call for Resolutions document , including a template you can use as
a guide. You may also want to review  past resolutions on our online database . You can search by year, title, sponsoring municipality, or keyword.

If you have any questions on the resolutions process, contact Sean McKenzie .
Register now for the SUMA Webinar: Reducing Waste

Is your hometown landfill reaching capacity? Are you looking to reduce and direct waste away from the refuse site? Join SUMA and Joanne Fedyk, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council (SWRC), on November 13 at 10:00 a.m. for the webinar Reducing Waste to learn about the cost of garbage, tips to creating a strong waste diversion and reduction strategy, and how the SWRC can help.

See the event listing on our website for more information and to register.
Capacity Building: Asset Management Workshops

Take part in one of three asset management workshops to gain a broad understanding of asset management practices.

Asset Management Saskatchewan is holding sessions in  Regina ,   Saskatoon , and  Prince Albert .

The workshops are designed to equip participants with the knowledge and resources needed to develop and implement an asset management program in their local government.

Register now, space is limited!

And don't miss the next round of free asset management webinars, starting December 4.
Don't Miss Your Chance to Become A SaskPower Power Generation Partner

To meet emission goals and add 70 MW of renewable and carbon-neutral customer-generated electricity, SaskPower has launched the  Power Generation Partner Program .

The new program replaces the former Small Power Producers and Flare Gas Power programs. All SaskPower customers are eligible to participate, and customers are able to sell all the power they generate. The annual program cap is 10 MW per year for renewable technologies and 25 MW per year for carbon neutral technologies.

Applications are being accepted from 10 a.m. November 15 to 11:59 p.m. November 30.
Registration for Municipal Asset Management Workshops Closing
November 9

Registration for joint workshops being held by the Urban Municipal Administrators' Association of Saskatchewan and the Rural Municipal Administrators' Association is closing November 9.

These workshops, designed for administrators, CFOs, and municipal staff, include a MuniSoft PubWorks presentation and a session on Excel spreadsheet and asset management accounting perspectives.

Learn more and register today!
Filling the Gap in Affordable Housing Rentals

The Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC) is looking for innovative and effective solutions and projects to address current and upcoming affordable rental housing gaps in the province.

Do you have an idea? Find out more about the SHC's Expression of Interest and get answers to any questions you may have. More information can be found on

The closing date for community feedback is November 30.
Upcoming Events
Event Insight
Does your municipality have a composting program?
Yes, we do.
No, we don't.
We don't, but we are interested in starting one!
Classifieds and Grants

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

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

Upcoming Deadlines

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