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2023 January

Municipalities Today is a web-based newsletter published monthly by the Ministry of Government Relations. It lists deadlines, training opportunities, services and programs that may be of interest to Saskatchewan municipal administrators.

View past editions of Municipalities Today by visiting the Publications Centre.


1. Municipal Administrators' Corner

As 2023 begins, municipalities are preparing for year-end and a new fiscal year. For key monthly tasks, legislative responsibilities and deadlines, refer to the Administration Calendar:

Many resources regarding municipal topics can be found on

Detailed information about various topics is on the Municipal Administration page. Topics include tax enforcement, pre-recorded webinars, sample bylaws, etc. It is important to recognize that the information may pertain to specific legislation such as The Tax Enforcement Act, The Municipalities Act, The Cities Act and The Northern Municipalities Act, 2010.

Publications Centre is another helpful resource. This is the repository for all the resources linked on

It is important to recognize that some documents are for specific municipality types, such as northern municipalities, as some of the legislation is different.

Elected Official Leave of Absence

Municipal legislation states that a member of council is disqualified from council if they are absent from all regular council meetings held during a period of three consecutive months, during which at least two meetings of council have been held, starting with the date that the first meeting is missed.

Municipal council has discretionary authority to permit council members to be absent for longer periods of time, which can exempt them from any risk of being disqualified.

Council may wish to develop a policy which establishes the types of leave where council would exercise its authority to permit a leave of absence beyond three consecutive months. The Council Procedure Bylaw may be an appropriate venue to record council’s view on this matter.

Even if a policy has been created, a resolution of council should be made acknowledging the councillor’s absence in accordance with the extended leave of absence policy so that there is no risk of disqualification.


2. Deadline Fast Approaching: Municipal Revenue Sharing Grant - Declaration of Eligibility

The deadline for submitting the online Declaration of Eligibility is January 31, 2023.

To avoid your municipality's Municipal Revenue Sharing (MRS) grant for the 2023-24 year from being withheld, make sure to submit the online Declaration of Eligibility and meets all eligibility requirements. Please refer to the Declaration of Eligibility Guide and Infographic for additional information on the declaration process and the eligibility requirements.

The unique link and password for the online MRS grant Declaration of Eligibility was emailed to each municipality on November 15, 2022. If you did not receive the email, please email to request the email be re-sent.

A completed declaration requires a resolution from council confirming the eligibility requirements the municipality meets. The ministry does not require a certified copy of the resolution unless the municipality was selected for audit. Administrators who have not yet submitted the online declaration will want to ensure the Declaration of Eligibility is on the January council meeting agenda for a resolution from council.

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