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2016 November

Municipalities Today is a web-based newsletter published mid-month that lists deadlines, training opportunities, services and programs that may be of interest to municipal administrators in Saskatchewan.


1. Conflict of Interest Legislation Update

Now that the 2016 elections are over, municipalities are reminded about the requirements for the conflict of interest rules that were introduced in fall 2015.  The changes were made to The Cities Act, The Municipalities Act, and The Northern Municipalities Act, 2010.  The following list provides key dates and obligations about the strengthened rules for conflict of interest.

Key Dates:

  • First meeting of council:
    The first meeting must be held within 31 days of the election, or by November 28, 2016.
  • Public Disclosure Statements:
    • November 25, 2016 - Deadline for members of council elected in the 2016 general election to complete and file with the administrator a public disclosure statement.
    • November 30, 2016 - Current members of rural municipal councils (even numbered divisions) must complete and file an annual declaration noting any changes to the member’s public disclosure statement or acknowledging that no changes have occurred since filing the public disclosure statement in 2015.
  • Oath of Office:
    All members of council elected in 2016 and current members of rural municipalities are required to complete the new Oath of Office before performing any municipal duties.
  • Council Code of Ethics:
    Municipal councils have until February 23, 2017 to adopt a council code of ethics bylaw.  

Previous Obligations:

In October 2015, municipalities were notified about new rules for council procedures bylaws and employee code of conduct.

  • Council Procedures Bylaw:
    All municipalities were required to pass a council procedures bylaw no later than January 19, 2016.
  • Employee Code of Conduct:
    No deadline, however, municipalities were encouraged to implement an employee code of conduct in a timely manner to remain compliant with legislation.  

If you have any questions on the above requirements, please contact a municipal advisor at 306-787-2680 or visit the Conflict of Interest pages on  


2. 2016 Municipal Election Feedback Survey

Responses to the 2016 Municipal Election Feedback Survey are still being accepted. If you have not yet filled one out, this is your chance to contribute to the discussion on local government election rules and processes. If you know of any issues/ideas to improve election legislation, please fill out the survey and send it to The information will be used to develop potential amendments for consideration for the next set of local elections.

If you have any questions or need a copy of the survey, please contact the above email or call 306-787-2730.


3. Federal Gas Tax Fund Videos

The Ministry of Government Relations has produced two new videos to assist administrators and municipal councils to start and report on projects funded through the Federal Gas Tax Fund:  

The videos explain what the program is, how the program works, how to apply, and reporting requirements if your project is approved.


4. Requirement for Buildings to be Designed by a Professional Designer

Regulations under The Uniform Building and Accessibility Standards Act (the UBAS Act) require an owner to have a professional designer (either a licensed architect or professional engineer) complete the design or the design review of certain buildings if the building is within the scope of Part 3 or Part 4 of the National Building Code of Canada, 2010 (NBC).
To learn more about these regulations and to read other building advisories, visit Building Standards Advisories in the Government of Saskatchewan’s Publication Centre.

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