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2017 January


1. Municipal Administrator's Corner

Municipal advisors are pleased to introduce a new feature of Municipalities Today, the Municipal Administrator's Corner. Each month municipal advisors will highlight upcoming key items and dates for municipalities.

Key Tasks in January

  • Remember to present the administrator’s bond to council at the January council meeting.
  • You should have completed the Annual Education Property Tax Return (due January 15). The form and instructions are online at:
  • Rural Municipalities with an organized hamlet (OH) need to provide a statement of revenues and expenditures to the OH by January 20.
  • Tax Liens for 2016 arrears must be filed with Information Services Corporation (ISC) by January 31.
  • Make any annual appointments that are necessary early in the year (may include building inspector, pest control officer, auditor, solicitor, and board of revision).
  • Provide notice to other taxing authorities (like the school board) before February 1 if council is providing a tax exemption for economic development purposes. Notice of the exemption must be provided in the first year that the exemption is provided only.

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

2017 Revaluation

Assessment revaluations are based on a four-year cycle. The 2017 revaluation will update assessed values to reflect a new base date of January 1, 2015 (i.e., reflect a property's value as of January 1, 2015).

Make sure to do the following three things:

1.  decide what type of board of revision will serve the municipality best:
  • stand alone;
  • district; or
  • contracted board;

2.  appoint members to the board of revision early in the year:

  • council members are not eligible to hear any appeal involving the member’s municipality; and 

3.  appoint the secretary to the board of revision:

  • the administrator is not eligible to serve as secretary for any appeal involving the municipality where they work. 

Make sure that:

  • people appointed to the board of revision understand the assessment system in Saskatchewan; and
  • board of revision members know how to conduct a hearing in a fair and impartial manner.
A municipality’s tax policy may remain fairly consistent from year to year. However, there may be major changes during a revaluation year.

In a revaluation year:

  • the assessed value of all properties in a municipality may change significantly;
  • the per cent of value for property classes may change;
  • the municipality should adjust the mill rate to remain revenue neutral; and
  • revaluation may change each individual property’s "share" of the required tax revenue.

Look at the impact that revaluation has on the current tax policy. Examine the assessment shifts. Study how tax policy affects the ratepayers. This analysis can help council make an informed decision about any changes required.


2. Sign Up for a Course in Emergency Management

The Emergency Planning Act, 1989 requires Saskatchewan municipalities to establish an emergency plan. The Act also gives council the responsibility to implement their plan and to direct and control their municipality’s emergency response in order to protect public property, health, safety and welfare.

The Emergency Management and Fire Safety Branch (EMFS) offers free workshops for municipal elected leaders and officials to help them prepare for and respond to emergencies. To learn more about each course listed below, visit To register for one of the courses listed below, call 306-787-2688 or contact the EMFS Emergency Services Officer assigned to your community.

  • Introduction to Incident Command System (I-100: Home Study Course)
    This introductory online course can be started at any time and covers the basics of the Incident Command model of emergency management.
  • 1-200: Basic ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (Prerequisites: I-100)
    This 2 day course provides training on and resources for those who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the Incident Command System during an emergency response.

    A course is scheduled for February 6 and 7 in Weyakwin.
  • Basic Emergency Management Course (BEM)
    This two day course provides you with fundamental emergency planning knowledge to enhance your ability to either lead or be part of an Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) committee.

    Upcoming courses will be held on January 18 and 19 in Estevan; on January 23 and 24 in Weyakwin; and on March 31 and April 1 in Southey.
  • Emergency Operations Centre (Prerequisites: I-100, BEM)
    This two day course covers the characteristics and organization of a standard municipal Emergency Operations Centre (EOC). Through a series of lectures, discussions and exercises, you will gain the knowledge and skills you need to work as a team member in an EOC during an emergency.

    Upcoming courses will be held on February 3 and 4 in Loon Lake; on March 6 and 7 in Weyakwin and on March 23 and 24 in Marsden.
  • 9 Steps for Emergency Plan Development Workshop (Recommended prerequisites: I-100, BEM)
    This half-day workshop reviews the legislative authority and program policy that supports emergency management and provides a step-by-step process for communities to develop and implement an Emergency Plan.

    This course is offered on demand. Call 306-787-2688 or contact your Emergency Services Officer to see if there is one scheduled in your area.

3. Ministry of Government Relations Trade Show Booths at SUMA Annual Convention

Do you have questions about public safety, municipal legislation, grant programs or planning? If so, stop by booths 93 to 98 at SUMA’s Annual Convention Tradeshow this February 6 and 7 at TCU Place in Saskatoon.

Employees from the Ministry of Government Relations will be on hand to answer your questions, including staff from Emergency Management and Fire Safety, Provincial Disaster Assistance Program and Building Standards and Licensing branch.

The SUMA Convention begins Sunday, February 5 with a Welcome Reception and runs until Wednesday, February 8.


4. Application Deadline for PTIC-CWWF Infrastructure Program

There is still time to submit your online application for infrastructure projects under both the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF), and the Provincial Territorial Infrastructure Component (PTIC) of the New Building Canada Fund.

The Municipal Infrastructure and Finance Branch of the Ministry of Government Relations must receive your online application before noon on Monday, January 23.

You can find the application form, as well as information concerning program criteria and eligibility, by visiting:


5. Requirement for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Regulations under The Uniformed Building and Accessibility Standards Act (the UBAS Act) and the National Building Code of Canada, 2010 (NBC 2010) require the installation of a carbon monoxide alarm in buildings where people sleep AND where the building contains a fuel-fired appliance, an attached garage, or a solid-fuel fired appliance like a fireplace or wood stove. Buildings that meet these requirements include houses, apartments, condominiums, nursing homes, hospitals and jails.

To learn more about these regulations and to read other building advisories, visit Building Standards Advisories in the Government of Saskatchewan’s Publication Centre.


6. Saskatchewan Flood and Natural Hazard Risk Assessment

Every year, Saskatchewan faces the possibility of disaster stemming from natural hazards such as severe weather, drought, wildfires, and floods.  The province, municipalities and individuals pay the costs arising from these disasters.  As the costs increase, disaster mitigation measures (dykes, berms, building codes, land use planning, etc.) become more cost effective.

Disaster mitigation measures can greatly reduce the costs and suffering incurred during and after a disaster event.  They are estimated to have a 4:1 return (long-term) on investment.  A risk assessment is the first step in mitigating disasters and helps prioritize the greatest hazard risks.

Government Relations (GR), through the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC), is conducting a Saskatchewan Flood and Natural Hazard Risk Assessment for the province, which is being funded by the federal and provincial governments under the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP).  This risk assessment will identify:

  • our most significant natural hazard types;
  • assess the frequency that hazards occur;
  • assess the impact that hazards have on people, infrastructure/buildings, the economy and the environment; and
  • consider the impact of climate change on the natural hazards.

This risk assessment will also provide information required for the province, and possibly municipalities, to apply for funding under the NDMP.

A critical part of the risk assessment includes consultations and stakeholder workshops.  The SRC will be holding 6 workshop sessions this spring and summer across the province (dates to be announced in a future Municipalities Today newsletter). Two sessions will be held in the north, two in central Saskatchewan and two in the south. These sessions will provide municipalities and other public safety stakeholders with an opportunity to identify their most critical hazard vulnerabilities for inclusion in the assessment.  The sessions will also assist the SRC in gaining local knowledge of where hazards exist and of mitigation measures currently in place.

If your municipality is interested in attending one of the six summer workshops, please email to be put on the contact list.  For more information on risk assessments, please see:

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