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2017 February


1. Municipal Administrator’s Corner

Key Tasks in February

  • Start gathering information for 2017 operating and capital budgets. You do not need to wait until the 2016 numbers have been audited.
  • February 23: Deadline to enact your municipality’s Code of Ethics bylaw.
  • February 28: Deadline to file Workers Compensation Board report.
  • February 28: Deadline to submit Form 1 for municipalities receiving funding from the Transit Assistance for People with Disabilities program.
  • March 1: Deadline for RMs to receive special levy requests from Organized Hamlet Boards.  Remind the Board secretary about this deadline.
  • March 1: Deadline for RMs to receive budget from Organized Hamlet Boards.  Remind the Board secretary about this deadline.

Don’t forget that a detailed legislative and operational calendar is available online at:

Financial Risk Management – new webpage

Financial management is a key municipal responsibility. Citizens expect public assets and funds to be properly managed and protected from theft and fraud.

A new web page about financial management practices and policies is available online at:

2016 Census Data

Statistics Canada has released the 2016 population data, which is used as the official population of your municipality.

Municipalities who have questions about their census data can contact Statistics Canada. Contact information for this federal department is available at:

Opening and Evaluating Tenders

With construction season on the horizon, many municipalities will soon call for tenders for various works. Municipalities must call for tenders on for goods and services in excess of $75,000 or construction in excess of $200,000.

A common question to municipal advisors focuses on procedures to open tenders. This process is not set out in legislation.

Evaluation of tenders is based on the call for tenders. If no other criteria are stated, it may be assumed the only concern is cost. If council intends to rely on other factors to award a contract, those factors should be clearly stated within the call for tenders. This enables all bidders to address those criteria.

Tenders do not have to be opened at a council meeting. In fact, it may help to open them earlier. This gives administration time to review the tenders and to provide a fuller report to council for a final decision. In those situations where factors other than cost are considered, the extra time allows more thorough evaluation of all bid submissions.

Tendering and procurement is a matter of contract law.  Discuss specific questions regarding municipal tendering with your engineer, your lawyer, or both.


2. Conflict of Interest Rules

Clarification Regarding the Use of Integrity Commissioners

In 2015, provincial legislation was amended to improve and introduce conflict of interest rules for municipalities, and in 2016 the code of ethics regulations came into force. There has been some confusion regarding if a municipal integrity commissioner is a requirement in legislation.

To clarify, a municipal integrity commissioner is not a provincial requirement and creating such a position is completely at the discretion of individual municipalities. Municipalities may pursue this option if they wish to do so.

The conflict of interest amendments do include a number of new requirements including a code of ethics, employee code of conduct, and disclosure statements. Details on these can be found by clicking here. There, you will find information bulletins, samples, and action items for your municipality.

Reminder: The deadline for the adoption of a Code of Ethics Bylaw is February 23, 2017.


3. Decouvrez le Centre de services aux citoyens

Bilingual communities can learn more about provincial government services available in French by viewing the following YouTube video or by visiting


4. Community Planning 101 Workshops

Community and regional planning is an effective means of addressing economic growth opportunities and challenges. Attracting and maintaining steady investment is key to a community’s success and longevity. 

The Ministry of Government Relations’ Community Planning branch, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Professional Planners Institute, brings you a series of full day workshops of learning and lunch. Learn to address growth opportunities and challenges through presentations, hands-on exercises, networking and knowledge sharing.  

These workshops will take you through planning fundamentals that will improve your knowledge in community planning and the available tools to create healthy, thriving, and fiscally responsible communities. These workshops will also discuss regional planning and opportunities to build successful partnerships with nearby communities.

Who should attend?

These workshops are designed to provide participants with information necessary to effectively facilitate growth and development. Suggested attendees include elected officials, administrators, planners, First Nations and Métis representatives, and sector stakeholders, such as SARM, SUMA, RMAAS and UMAAS representatives.

When are workshops being held?

These workshops will take place at the following times and locations:

  • March 7, 2017 - North Battleford
  • March 8, 2017 - Swift Current
  • March 21, 2017 - Kindersley
  • March 22, 2017 - Preeceville
  • April 4, 2017 - Meadow Lake
  • April 5, 2017 - Fort Qu’Appelle
  • April 18, 2017 - Prince Albert
  • April 19, 2017 - Davidson
  • April 25, 2017 - Carlyle
  • April 26, 2017 - Nipawin

What topics will be discussed?

  • Overview of the planning framework that guides growth and development in Saskatchewan including The Planning and Development Act, 2007, The Statements of Provincial Interest Regulations, official community plans and zoning bylaws;
  • Subdivisions;
  • Management of development on hazard lands;
  • Servicing agreements, infrastructure, development levies and asset management; and
  • Regional planning.

Register now

For more information, contact the Ministry of Government Relations’ Community Planning branch.


5. Building Official Licence Training (BOLT)

In 2014, the Building Standards and Licensing Branch enacted changes for the renewal of building official licences. The new licensing renewal requirements are being implemented over five years to allow licensees time to complete the new course requirements, which take effect on July 1, 2019.

For more information about the Building Official Licence Training (BOLT) initiative, download the Building Official Licence Training Advisory available from the Government of Saskatchewan’s Publication Centre.

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