The Ministry of Government Relations emailed and mailed all Saskatchewan municipalities correspondence and sample resource materials dated November 18, 2015, informing them of recent amendments (pursuant to Bill 186) to The Cities Act, The Municipalities Act and The Northern Municipalities Act, 2010, related to improved conflict of interest rules.
The amendments, which came into force on November 19, 2015, improve and introduce rules on:
- Conflict of interest
- Public disclosure
- Procedural bylaws
- Employee code of conduct
- Council member code of ethics (new)
- Oath of Office (new)
The amendments also expand the provincial Ombudsman’s jurisdiction to include municipalities.
The ministry will consult further with the municipal sector when developing the council member code of ethics and the revised oath of office. These two matters will come into force once these provisions are developed in regulations and the regulations are proclaimed.
As a result of the legislative changes, municipalities were required to take timely action and put in place the following four items:
- An employee code of conduct;
- A public disclosure statement for council members;
- A council procedures bylaw (within 60 days after the Bill came into force); and
- A council member code of ethics (by February 23, 2017).
Note: Council members serving after October 26, 2016 are required to take the Oath of Office in the new form and submit it to their municipal administrator.
Templates available for download
To help make it easier for municipal governments to implement the new rules set out in the new legislation, the Ministry of Government Relations has developed sample templates and Information Bulletins.
The following sample templates have been designed to help administrative officials tailor these documents for use by their municipal government.
The following Information Bulletins summarizing the amendments as they pertain to each of the three municipal Acts were also distributed to Saskatchewan municipalities.
Help and how-to
The Ministry of Government Relations has also developed the following resources to help municipalities complete and implement the newly-introduced conflict of interest amendments:
If you have any questions about these changes, or if you need more information about the resources available for municipalities, contact:
- 306-425-4320 (Northern municipalities)
- 306-787-2680 (Other municipalities)