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2017 June

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1. Municipal Administrator’s Corner

Key Tasks in June and July

  • After your assessment roll has closed and any board of revision decisions are received:
    • Complete the annual assessment return and submit it to SAMA.
  • July 1 (The Municipalities Act, The Northern Municipalities Act, 2010)
    Submit the audited financial statements for the previous year to Government Relations.

Remember that a detailed legislative and operational calendar is available online on www.saskatchewan.ca

Training for Board of Revision Members and Secretaries

Government Relations completed a pilot project in webinar training for board of revision members and secretaries. Two taped webinars are available for viewing.

The webinar for board of revision members covers:

  • role of the board;
  • appeal process;
  • conducting a fair hearing; and
  • decisions of the board.

The webinar for board of revision secretaries covers:

  • role of the secretary;
  • legislated deadlines;
  • appeal process; and
  • rules about evidence.

Please contact Melissa McCloy, Municipal Advisor at melissa.mccloy@gov.sk.ca or by phone at (306) 798-0131, if you would like a link to access the webinars sent to you. You will be able to forward the link to additional viewers.

Remember that an updated Board of Revision manual is available online at Assessment Appeals Guide For Board of Revision Members in Saskatchewan. This guide helps board of revision members and secretaries understand their role in the assessment appeal process.

New LAFOIP Resource

Recorded webinar training about The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (LAFOIP) is available online at https://oipc.sk.ca/resources/webinars/.

The webinar covers:

  • access requests;
  • privacy breaches;
  • the Information and Privacy Commissioner; and
  • balancing the Public and the Private.

Summer Edition of Municipalities Today

The summer edition of Municipalities Today will be sent out on Friday, July 14. Municipal Administrators’ Corner will discuss July, August and early September activities in the summer edition. The September edition of Municipalities Today will be distributed on Friday, September 15.

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2. Closing out the Closing-Out Sales Act?

Government is considering repealing The Closing-out Sales Act.

The Act does not apply to sales by trustees in bankruptcy or receivers under the federal Bankruptcy Act. The Act only applies in municipalities that have adopted it through a bylaw. In those communities, businesses must have a licence and may need to have an inspection before they can advertise and conduct a “closing-out sale” such as a liquidation or fire/smoke damage sale.

The Ministry of Government Relations believes this Act is no longer needed. The ministry feels authority exists in the three current municipal Acts to continue or introduce this type of a system in a community.

If your municipality is using this Act or passed a bylaw pursuant to this Act, the ministry would like to hear from you. Please email Allan Laird at allan.laird@gov.sk.ca to discuss.

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3. Local Election Forms Now Available in Word Format

Government Relations’ Policy & Program Services Branch has worked with Publications Saskatchewan (formerly Office of the Queen’s Printer) to make all prescribed forms under The Local Government Election Act/Regulations and The Tax Enforcement Act/Regulations available in MS Word format. As well, select forms under the three municipal Acts/regulations that municipalities often customize or adjust for elected officials (e.g. oaths of office) or for the public (assessment appeal forms) have also been made available in Word format.

To access, visit Publications Saskatchewan’s Legislated Forms section, choose the form you wish to access, and then click the “view/download” link in the Alternate Electronic Media Types area located on the landing page of each form. Forms are listed under their respective regulation. Depending on your computer and version of Word, there may be minor formatting issues. Nonetheless, the Word versions should be easier to adjust than pdf versions. If you encounter any issues or have any questions, email Publications Saskatchewan at publications@gov.sk.ca.

Just a reminder, section 26 of The Interpretation Act, 1995, allows alterations to a prescribed form provided they are not designed to mislead and do not affect the substance of the form. If you need to access any current Act (statute) with its associated Regulations, visit the province’s Freelaw website.

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4. Staff Changes in the Community Planning Office in Saskatoon

The Ministry of Government Relations is pleased to welcome John Guenther to the position of the Director of the Community Planning Branch’s Saskatoon Region.  

John will be a tremendous asset to the Community Planning Branch, as he has significant planning experience. Previously, he was the Director of Planning and Development Services with the City of Prince Albert, and has worked as a director for the District of Houston in British Columbia; the City of Revelstoke; Chelan County, Washington; the City of Surprise, Arizona, and as Assistant Director for the City of North Vancouver. The Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association awarded John with their Silver Georgie for his accomplishments involving public/private initiatives in building development.

John also has taught community planning as a sessional instructor at Maricopa County College System, Arizona State, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the Alberta Institute of Technology.

John begins in his new position Monday, June 19 and will be working with Len Kowalko until his retirement September 30, 2017.

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5. Saskatchewan Flood and Natural Hazard Risk Assessment Workshops

Information about an opportunity to participate in a Flood and Natural Hazard Risk Assessment for Saskatchewan was announced in January’s Municipalities Today newsletter.

Government Relations has limited space for additional municipal participation in six regional stakeholder workshops regarding natural hazard risks to our communities, infrastructure and economy. Natural hazards such as floods, fires and drought cause serious impacts and affect people’s lives.  The intensity, duration, frequency and variability of these risks are changing, and forcing people and industry to adapt.  The goal of this work is to better understand how Saskatchewan can strengthen its capacity and resiliency to cope with natural disasters.

We are looking for municipal officials with expertise in how natural disasters affect your communities, your local infrastructure, economy and environment.  Those with knowledge of local disaster preparedness capacity, what is working, and what may need to be improved to mitigate risks and impacts, will also be interested in these workshops.

Local disaster mitigation knowledge is essential to participate in this daylong workshop. We are planning for each workshop to include a mix of local stakeholders and some targeted subject matter experts.

Stakeholder Workshop Dates

Participants are requested to stay for the entire workshop, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided.  

  • May 31 – Yorkton
  • June 1 – Saskatoon
  • June 14 – Prince Albert
  • June 15 - La Ronge
  • June 20 – Swift Current
  • June 21 – Regina

If you are not able to attend but are interested in providing input, a questionnaire is available upon request.  

To Register

To help us finalize planning, please email susan.royko@gov.sk.ca as soon as possible. In your email, provide the name of who will attend, and the workshop date/location that the person wishes to attend.  A confirmation email to attendees will be sent out, along with the location details and background information.

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6. Apply for New Federal Urban Programming for Indigenous People

On May 25, 2017 the federal government launched new programming for urban Indigenous peoples.

The program includes four streams of funding:

  • organizational capacity;
  • programs and services;
  • coalitions; and
  • research and innovation.

The funding is designed to help organizations deliver key programs and services to urban Indigenous people.

The program replaces the old Urban Aboriginal Strategy.

Each stream of funding has its own eligibility requirements and municipalities which have demonstrated support from Indigenous organizations or Indigenous community groups are eligible to apply for some funding. Deadline to submit your proposal is July 4, 2017. For more information, visit the following pages on the Government of Canada website:

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7. Role of a Building Official

If appointed by a local authority, a building official has all the powers assigned to him or her under The Uniform Building and Accessibility Standards Act (the UBAS Act).  A local authority may also pass a building bylaw that provides their official with a clear mandate to undertake plan review, inspection, and enforcement services for building projects within and on behalf of the local authority.  

To read a Building Standards & Licensing advisory concerning the role of a Building Official or about the process concerning written orders from a Building Official, please visit the Government of Saskatchewan’s Publication Centre.

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8. Grant Supports Partnerships with First Nations

The Ministry of Government Relations provides small sponsorships to qualifying First Nations and Métis community organizations or non-profit organizations to assist with public events that benefit Aboriginal people.  For example in 2017, 150 First Nations students from around the province received funding to participate in the First Nations Provincial Spelling Bee with three finalists advancing to the national competition in Toronto.

In addition to sponsorships, the ministry supported partnership projects, such as a flare gas power project; youth training and leadership development; emergency measures training; and building entrepreneurship.  

If you are interested in partnering with a First Nations or Métis organization or community and have a project or sponsorship in mind, contact the Office of the Provincial Interlocutor or call the office at (306) 798-0183.

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9. Nominate Your Community for a Saskatchewan Municipal Award

Is your municipality doing something innovative to better your community? Are you collaborating with neighbouring municipalities to achieve regional goals?

If you answered yes to either of those questions, submit a nomination for the 11th annual Saskatchewan Municipal Awards (SMAs). Four projects will be selected to win this prestigious award, which includes being featured in a promotional video, and formal recognition at Convention 2018.

For details about the award or to download a nomination form, visit the Saskatchewan Municipal Awards website.

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