August 2023

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2023 SARM Midterm Resolution Deadline

- September 24

Resolutions must be received in the SARM office by the 24th of September in order to be included in the convention guide and addressed at Midterm 2023.

Send Resolutions to SARM

Refer to the Guide for Writing Resolutions and the Resolution Submission Form for details.


*Each resolution submission must include a brief (no more than 500 words) background that answers the questions in the below resolution submission form.

Resolution Guide
Submission Form

Convention Accommodations

Be sure to book your hotel stays in advance to take advantage of the hotel blocks that have been set aside for delegates during SARM's annual and midterm conventions. Hotel blocks are limited, so once they have been filled there is no guaranteed space/pricing.

SARM has booked blocks at the following hotels in Regina:


  • DoubleTree by Hilton (Regina)
  • Days Inn Regina East (Regina)
  • Home Inn & Suites Regina Airport (Regina)
  • The Atlas (Regina)
  • The Hotel Saskatchewan (Regina)


Please see the hotel directory for pricing and reservation details.

Hotel Pricing / Reservation Details

Changes in the SARM

Legal Department


SARM’s Legal Counsel, Courtney Riviere, has tendered her resignation as of the end of the day on Thursday, September 7, 2023. Courtney has been a value to the legal team over the past four years and SARM wishes her all the best in her new endeavor.


Courtney’s active LSIP files will be handled by either Michael Morris, K.C., or Adryan Toth. It’s currently being determined who will assume Courtney’s solicitor files; the RMs involved will be advised directly as to who will be taking over.

The search for a replacement lawyer has started and SARM is hopeful to have a new member of the Legal Team in place by December 1, 2023. During this transition, SARM’s Legal Department will have reduced capacity. We appreciate the membership’s patience and look forward to being back to full strength to serve RM’s needs.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Colin Warnecke: or 306.761.3946.

2024 SARM Pocket Calendar Order Deadline to order is September 15, 2023

SARM is printing only pocket calendars for 2024.

Order Details:

  • each RM will receive enough for their council members
  • they will be mailed out in November
  • RM will be invoiced by SARM, for shipping costs

The only way to order SARM 2024 Calendars is through the following survey. Orders outside of this survey will not be accepted.

Calendar Order Survey

SARM continues to provide calendars in the following formats:

  • Online:
  • Outlook: Once the 2024 calendar has been finalized, SARM will distribute a link to download a digital copy that can be imported directly into your Outlook account.
  • Rural Sheaf: each month we will outline important dates in the Rural Sheaf electronic newsletter


Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency (SAMA) 2023 Board Elections

- Looking for Two Rural Representatives

Submission Deadline:

October 11, 2023

SARM is looking for elected officials who would do an outstanding job representing rural Saskatchewan on the SAMA Board.

Candidates will be elected by delegates at the 2023 SARM Midterm Convention for a three-year term and may be reappointed to subsequent terms.

Those interested should submit a completed Nomination Form (to Laurel Feltin - by 5 PM on Thursday, October 11, 2023. A confirmation email with further instructions will be sent.

The seven-member SAMA Board of Directors is appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and consists of:

  • three members named by the Ministry of Government Relations including the Board Chair;
  • two members named by the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM);
  • one member named by the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) for urban and northern municipalities under 30,000;
  • one member named by SUMA for cities with a population exceeding 30,000
Role Description / Election Procedures
Nomination Form

For more information, please contact SAMA CEO Betty Rogers at 306-924-8046 or

Submissions for the 2023 Heritage Saskatchewan Awards

- Deadline September 5

Living Heritage Awards – Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Sub-Categories

Documentation: A project that utilizes audio/visual/textual/photographic documentation that is accessible to the public. This could be an original documentation or a new collection of previous documentation. Examples: books; audio/video recordings; collections of written narratives; photographic collections

Celebration & Recognition: A project or program (new or ongoing) that celebrates and/or recognizes elements of intangible cultural heritage. Examples: festivals, heritage events that focus on or have a strong element of intangible cultural heritage knowledge/know-how (King Trapper events; threshing demonstrations, quilt shows, etc.); museum and/or gallery exhibitions that focus on ICH themes

Transmission: A project or program that facilitates the transmission of intangible cultural heritage knowledge and skills from one person to another or to a group. This could be something coordinated by an organization or committee or it could be an informal collaboration or relationship between individuals. Examples: educational programs, demonstrations, museum and/or gallery exhibitions   

Community Development: This can include economic development activities and community wellbeing initiatives, often but not always related to cultural tourism and small business /entrepreneurship, creating a sense of belonging and place.

Learn more / submissions


In Saskatchewan agriculture, there are no guarantees. While you cannot control the weather, market fluctuations or rising input costs, you can manage your risk with AgriStability.

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AgriStability Deadline

- September 30

AgriStability is a cost-effective Business Risk Management program designed to help farm operations facing large margin declines caused by production loss, increased costs or market conditions. Coverage is personalized for each farm operation by using historical information, based on income tax and supplementary information.


2023 Dry Conditions

Learn More

Provincial Traffic Safety

Fund Grant Program

- Apply by September 30

Learn More

This program provides up to $100,000 (per location) to municipalities and Indigenous land or territories. The goal of this fund is to stimulate and support local, collaborative action that will increase traffic safety awareness. Local traffic initiatives will help reduce collisions, traffic injuries and fatalities within Saskatchewan.

The program began in 2019 and uses funds from photo speed enforcement tickets.

Because SARM understands the vital role administrators play in municipal governance in rural Saskatchewan, we developed the SARM Rural Municipal Administration Scholarship Program to help support administrators.

The scholarship is for students enrolled in the Local Government Authority (LGA) Certificate Program at the University of Regina. Three scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded annually, paid at the end of the completed semester. 

Rural Municipal Administrator Scholarship

Apply by October 15

The application deadline is October 15 each year and must be supported by confirmation of enrollment during the current year.

Learn More / Apply

Invasive Plant Control Program Claim Deadline - October 31


Funded through the Sustainable CAP, the Invasive Plant Control Program (IPCP) is designed to achieve maximum results and accountability while focusing on early detection and rapid response as the first line of defense to identify, assess, and respond to invasive plant species.


The IPCP will assist with the cost to undertake and coordinate the control of prohibited weeds as well as specific noxious weeds that are persistent and problematic invasive plants.

Learn More / Apply

SARM is administering a cost-share rebate program to assist RMs, First Nations, producers and stakeholders with costs to control any prohibited weed designated under The Weed Control Act as well as rebates toward pre-approved herbicides used to control eligible noxious weeds designated under The Weed Control Act.


NEW in 2023, RMs and First Nations are eligible to claim for RM-appointed or FN-authorized Weed Inspector expenses related to prohibited and noxious weed monitoring in their jurisdictions.


Funding for rebates under the IPCP is $856,000.


SARM Interactive Online Calendar - September 2023


September 1:

  • Deadline to publicize waterworks annual financial overview
  • Deadline to assess a nominal fee for O&G Equip that has had no production over the last 12 months
  • Deadline to publicize previous year’s financial statement/summary and auditor’s report

September 10:

  • Deadline to remit and return monthly EPT funds
  • Deadline to remit taxes to SMHI, C&D and regional parks

September 15:

  • Deadline for completed tax roll
  • Deadline for CRA source deductions remittance
  • Deadline for MEPP remittance

September 24:

  • Deadline to submit midterm convention resolutions

September 30:

  • Earliest cut-off for supplementary assessments


  • Committee Meeting: September 7
  • Committee Meeting: September 19
  • Board of Directors Meeting: September 20-21

Special Days:

  • Labour Day: September 4
  • National Truth & Reconciliation Day: September 29

View the SARM Interactive Online Calendar to access the full year on the SARM website. This version is updated regularly as new dates of interest and deadlines are identified and should be viewed as the most current.

SARM Interactive Online Calendar

Mental Health & Wellness - Youth


The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the mental health needs of Canadians, including youth, as reflected in a series of investments and initiatives.

Budget 2023 confirmed that the Government of Canada will increase health funding to provinces and territories. A key priority area for this funding is expanding community-based mental health and substance use services for children and youth. The federal government also provides nationwide mental health and suicide prevention services.

Youth Health
Mental Health & Wellness

Access Pesticide Labels on your mobile device with this application that allows users to zoom in on the PDF labels, and to search for text within those labels.

Users can also save searches and download product labels to a 'Favourites' for access, even when offline.

Health Canada - Pesticide Label App

Statistics Canada is pleased to share findings from the 2021 Census of Agriculture, combined with data from the 2021 Census of Population, available online at

These findings offer a comprehensive understanding of the evolving socioeconomic landscape of Canada's farm population, shedding light on the dynamics, diversity, and contributions of various population groups within the agricultural sector.


Discover the key findings that provide valuable insights into what is shaping an evolving and sustainable future for Canadian agriculture.


  • Canadian farm households are smaller in size and are increasingly diverse, reflecting the changing landscape of the agricultural community.
  • Immigrants play a pivotal role in shaping Canadian agriculture, bringing diverse skills that can boost the potential for increased productivity.
  • Individuals from racialized groups make significant contributions to the farm population, with South Asian and Chinese communities being the largest groups.
  • The Indigenous farm population has seen a slight increase, with the majority identifying as Métis.
  • A substantial portion of the farm population reported a religious affiliation, with Catholicism being the most frequently reported religion.

Statistics Canada is proud to share information from the 2021 Agriculture–Population Linkage, which includes 14 standard tables, three infographics and a data quality report. In the months ahead, a series of articles will be published in Canadian Agriculture at a Glance, offering supplementary socioeconomic insights into the country's farming population.

Mandatory Animal Care Duties in Saskatchewan

Every person responsible for an animal has a duty to provide adequate care. Animals must be provided adequate food, water, shelter and sanitary conditions necessary for good health as well as medical attention or veterinary care when needed.

The Animal Protection Act, 2018 prohibits anyone responsible for the care of an animal from causing distress and prohibits the transportation of unfit animals except for the purpose of

veterinary care.

Anyone responsible for the slaughter or euthanasia of an animal must perform the procedure in a humane manner consistent with the species-specific codes of practice.

Ministry of Agriculture -  Animal Cruelty Reporting

Driving is one of the highest-risk activities

employees and family members participate

in every day.

Take the time to invest in a Defensive Driving Course in a community near you and brush up on driving best practices. All classes run from 10 AM to 3:30 PM unless noted. Customized group bookings are available upon request.


  • December 4



  • September 12 (5 - 10 PM)
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  • October 26 (5 - 10 PM)


Moose Jaw

  • October 16 (5 - 10 PM)
  • December 7 (5 - 10 PM)



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  • October 11
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  • October 23
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  • November 6
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  • November 22
  • November 23
  • December 4
  • December 5
  • December 13
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  • October 11
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  • October 24
  • November 8
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  • December 11
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Swift Current

  • September 11 (5 - 10 PM)
  • December 13



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Can’t Make it in person? Attend These Webinarsimprovement.html

September 20: Professional Driver Improvement
September 26: Workplace Defensive Driving Webinar

Agricultural Water Management Funding Now Available


The Water Security Agency (WSA) announced $700,000 for agricultural producers and local governments to complete water management projects. This funding is part of a $1.5 million two-year commitment announced in 2022-23 to support the continued growth of a sustainable and resilient agricultural sector in Saskatchewan.

Program Details

Applicants can receive up to $95,000 per project based on a cost-sharing approach. It can be used for qualified persons support, technical and engineering costs, and mitigation and rehabilitation works for new agricultural water management projects.

Learn more / Apply

The Municipal Leadership Development Program (MLDP)

This is a series of modules developed exclusively for elected and appointed municipal leaders in Saskatchewan. Mayors, reeves, councillors and municipal staff are able to benefit from this program that is designed to strengthen local government leadership.

Module(s) open for registration:

Community and Land Use Planning - this online module covers a variety of topics including: the roles and responsibilities of council, administration and the public; the creation, adoption, and amendment process for Official Community Plans and Zoning Bylaws; the subdivision process; servicing agreements; the development permit process; the development appeal board process; enforcing bylaws; the building permit process as well as regional planning.

Register for Community and Land Use Planning

Join the 2023 National Online Campaign School from wherever you are in Canada! Application Deadline - September 20th

This program is designed to equip women and gender-diverse individuals with the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to run for political office in Canada.

This course runs from October 11 - November 29 from 7-9 PM EST.

Learn More / Apply

Attend an Open House to celebrate the Centre’s new name

A short program, tours, and refreshments will take place.

RSVP / Information
Visit the Canadian Centre for Rural and Agricultural Health

SARM is pleased to be partnering with the Public Service Network on their Local Government Roadshow coming to Regina on November 16. This half-day event will bring together municipal and local government leaders from across Saskatchewan to embrace connection and resilience for a future-proof local government. 

Learn More / Register

Respect in the Workplace Training

Since 2019, SARM has been fortunate to offer the Respect in the Workplace Training at half the cost due to SARM’s partnership with the Respect Group. This program is designed to empower your team with the skills to prevent bullying, abuse, harassment, and discrimination. Our goal is to have our members, both council and staff, certify themselves through the training. The program takes approximately 90 minutes and is done online in one sitting, but we recommend you break it up. You can come and go from the modules. The focus of the training is on culture change but of equal importance is the legal risk and liability avoidance it affords.

The certification costs $20.00 per person. Councils and staff simply register for the training. SARM will invoice the members on a quarterly basis based on your activity. It’s as simple as that. 

Linked below are the registration and access for Respect in the Workplace. You will also see the “Respect in the Workplace One pager”. Providing these instructions to your users simplifies the registration process for end-users and reduces possible confusion or challenges.

For helpdesk support, please go to

Registration and Access
Respect in the Workplace One pager


Municipality Panel: Overcoming Challenges & Building a Culture of Respect

Date: September 20, 2023

Time: 11 AM - Noon

This Municipality Roundtable webinar was designed for forward-thinking leaders in HR and administration within Canadian municipalities.

Hosted by Brad Blaisdell, VP of Workplace Solutions and Compliance at Respect Group, this panel will provide a comprehensive understanding of the strategies, tools, and best practices that empower municipalities to build a thriving workplace culture. From embracing mental health support frameworks to implementing effective EDI initiatives, the session panelists will share real-world experiences, success stories, and actionable insights.

Learn More / Register
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Rural Crime Watch (RCW) is a community-driven, community-led, police-supported crime prevention and reduction collaborative program.

The Rural Crime Watch program in Saskatchewan is a partnership between the Saskatchewan Rural Crime Watch Association (SRCWA) (includes local RCW boards where they exist), the RCMP, and its authorized Protection and Response Team (PRT). The RCMP’s PRT partners include Saskatchewan Conservation Officer Services and Saskatchewan Highway Patrol. RCW members are volunteers who serve as the ‘Eyes and Ears’ of their communities and contact the police to report suspicious persons/vehicles.

Start a Rural Crime Watch Group


FCC Knowledge

On-Demand Virtual Events

Catch recorded versions of our virtual events, webinars and presentations anytime.

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Why Participation in Asset Management is Crucial


Failure to invest adequately in current services means the well-being of future generations will suffer. They won't have the privilege of experiencing the same level of service that we enjoy daily. Naturally, we're inclined to improve, not worsen, their circumstances. Asset Management - SK's purpose is to enhance, after all. Effective asset management practices serve as our means. They enable us to organize and structure our assets, ensuring smooth operation, maintenance, and renewal. This guards against failures or interruptions in service for our present clients, residents, customers, and even those yet to be born.


Asset management also ensures compliance with legal requirements—a significant consideration. It aids in determining the most fitting allocation of resources in the face of competing demands, thereby bolstering our ability to secure funding opportunities. Moreover, it functions as a decision-making instrument. It furnishes reasoning for our recommendations, especially crucial when addressing governing bodies. It tackles risk management, including safeguarding our political reputation.


Asset Management - SK's aim is to elevate you from a state of complacency to one of awareness. That's why asset management holds significance. It's a tool to systematically and strategically oversee your infrastructure and assets.

Visit AM-SK
Email AM-SK about courses 

Municipalities Today - August 2023

  1. Municipal Administrators’ Corner
  2. Building Official Licensing
  3. Byelection Infrastructure Signage Requirements Are Now Lifted

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 Current Editions
View Past Editions

The following RM’s have requested the information below to be distributed and will be billed for using this service.

Looking to Hire:

District of Katepwa, Acting Chief Administrative Officer, SEPT 23 - Close

RM of Montmartre No. 126, Seasonal Full-Time Equipment Operator – Sept 23 - Close

RM of Buchanan No. 304, Acting Administrator,

RM of Hearts Hills No. 352, Equipment Operator, SEPT 7 - Close

RM of Duck Lake No. 463, Working Foreman, SEPT 7 – Close

Resort Village of Pasqua Lake, Municipal Administrator, SEPT 7 - Close

RM of Arm River No. 251, Administrator/Administrator Trainee – SEPT 6 – Close

RM of Wheatland No. 163, Administrator/Admin Assistant – SEPT 6 - Close

RM of Corman Park No. 344, Chief Administrative Officer, AUG 27 - Close

Looking to Buy/Sell:

RM of Lakeside No. 338, Volvo Grader – SEPT 16 – Close

RM of Moose Creek No. 33 – 2019 Arn End Dump Trailer – SEPT 12, Close

RM of Hillsdale No. 440 Grade Packer – SEPT 3, Close

RM of Sutton No. 103, Misc. Equipment - AUG 30, Close

If you have questions or would like to post in the SARM Classifieds contact: (306) 757-3577 or

Please send your advertisement in a Word Document.

SARM Classifieds

Insurance &


In partnership with your employer, Homeweb is introducing the Homewood Pathfinder Suite. Homewood Pathfinder is designed to enhance Homeweb - your current online mental health and wellness portal. It will assess the reason for accessing the program, determine how serious your concern is, your level of risk and your care preferences and offer you the right Employee Assistance Program service or resource at the right time. Where clinically appropriate you are able to book services or connect with a professional immediately, and through Pathfinder you can also manage service scheduling. 

Elected/Appointed officials and people with LTD benefits can sign up today and start using Homewood Pathfinder!



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A key component of Pathfinder, Homewood PulseCheck will ask for a few additional details including how you’re feeling and your primary area of interest or concern.

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Supplier Highlight

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When you need extensive expertise and leadership in wastewater management, look to the Canoe Wastewater Management Program. Our suppliers are industry leaders, providing advanced wastewater surveys, analyses, and treatment solutions. All of this comes at preferential pricing with less administrative hassle to keep your wastewater projects running smoothly.

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SARM Group Purchasing Programs

SARM Webinars

SARM offers webinars for members. Not only can you participate in these live, but you can also have them as a resource to view again when it’s convenient. Past topics have included:

  • Fire Bans and Emergency Preparedness
  • Municipal Safety Manual
  • Civic Addressing
  • Municipal Leaders' Roles and Responsibilities
  • Tendering and Procurement Best Practices
  • Mental Wellness in Agriculture – Fostering Resiliency
  • Nuclear Power in Saskatchewan
  • Principles for Positive Employment Relations
  • And more
SARM Webinars Library

SARM Out and About

SARM's President Ray Orb and Executive Director Jay Meyer meeting with SUMA's President Randy Goulden and Chief Executive Officer Jean-Marc Nadeau today in Fort Qu'Appelle.

SARM President, Ray Orb, at a meeting for producers attended by MLA Doug Steele, reps for the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation and Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association, along with Regional Livestock Specialists.


SARM News Releases (NR)

SARM News Archive

For information and direction to resources and programs regarding the current drought conditions, please see the Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association drought resources.

Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association Drought & Information Resources

SARM President, Ray Orb, comments on the $70M the

Government of Saskatchewan is providing to assist with the costs of feeding livestock in order to maintain the breeding herd in Saskatchewan.

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Thank you to President + CEO of First Nations Power Authority, Guy Lonechild, and Canadian Renewable Energy Association Director, Erwin Heuck for speaking with SARM. SMRs can be less to build, scalable to meet specific industrial and remote community needs, and are competitive with other low-carbon forms of energy.

A meeting was held at the SARM office with the Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association, Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association, and Saskatchewan Party MLAs to discuss and propose solutions to the wildlife damage, and predator issues, experienced by livestock producers.

SARM would like to see as many people as possible eat locally grown food not only on August 5, to celebrate Food Day Canada, but every day.

SARM President speaks about the drought on Sask Ag Today:

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