- Aboriginal Affairs
- Internal Trade
- International Trade
- Justice and Law Enforcement
- Regional Development
- Taxation and Finance
Subject matters added through a monthly communication report
Subject Matter Details
Grant, Contribution or Other Financial Benefit, Policies or Program
- Infrastructure funding programs for municipalities with regard to the need for continued and increased levels of funding.
Legislative Proposal, Bill or Resolution
- Amendments to update the Navigable Waters Act so it reflects the current use of navigable waters and is less cumbersome.
- Cannabis - Cannabis Act and regulations; mitigating potential risks to municipalities resulting from legalization.
- Carbon Fuel Standards Act; in regard to the impact it will have on Western Canada
- Carbon tax; impact of carbon tax on Saskatchewan’s agricultural producers and municipalities.
- Fisheries Act; ensure it effectively balances the need for habitat protection with the need for municipal infrastructure development.
- Navigation Protection Act; placed administrative and financial burdens on municipal infrastructure projects. SARM is concerned that the 2012 amendments will be reversed.
- Participating in consultations on reducing violent crime consultations and position against bringing in a long gun registry.
- Railway tax exemptions – CP Rail’s request for tax exemption will affect provincial budget and revenue sharing
- Species at Risk Act (SARA); mitigating negative effects of SARA.
- Trade Agreements; including Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) and the North American Free Trade Agreement, our request is to better international trade for agriculture producers.
Legislative Proposal, Bill or Resolution, Regulation
- Enhancements to section 34, Defence of Person, and section 35, Defence of Property, of the Criminal Code.
Policies or Program
- Agriculture: Business Risk Management Program suite under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. In particular requesting changes that will enhance support for producers under the AgriStability Program.
- Aquatic Invasive Species - Requesting federal government lead the fight to prevent spread of aquatic invasive species throughout Canada and Saskatchewan’s waters.
- Bridge and Road Funding – Supply chain impacts in BC have shown the importance of maintaining strong infrastructure; Rural Saskatchewan needs more funding for bridges and roads in order to carry agriculture, mining and forestry products.
- Broadband - Requesting government investment to enhance services in rural Saskatchewan. “Use it or lose it” provisions in spectrum allocation and unused spectrum.
- Broadband – The Rural Broadband Action Committee is moving forward with bringing entities together that will help bring affordable, reliable broadband connectivity to rural Saskatchewan
- Canadian Agriculture Partnership - Canadian Agriculture Partnership; ensuring that it serves to maintain and increase the competitiveness of the agricultural sector.
- Carbon Tax/Offset – Requesting Canada follow the EU and remove carbon tax from natural gas bill. Carbon credits would help balance between environmental protection and economic growth. SARM participating in development of provincial offset program that is meaningful for agriculture producers and equivalent to a federal program.
- Chronic wasting disease; policies to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease.
- Control of Richardson Ground Squirrels with regard to research and control methods.
- Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA) with respect to increasing the compensation for use of municipally owned equipment
- Drought Impact - Business risk management tools will have to be maintained and possibly enhanced if drought conditions continue next year
- Emergency response fund; the establishment of an emergency response fund will give fire departments the resources they need to continue providing essential services without risk of non-payment.
- Energy Infrastructure - Advancing the notion that pipelines are safer mode of transportation than rail to the Canadian Energy Regulator.
- Financial assistance programs for agricultural producers; ensuring that they serve to maintain and increase the competitiveness of the agricultural sector.
- Funding support for municipalities and agriculture producers in Saskatchewan in relation to the Economic Response Plan.
- Growing Forward Policy Framework; ensuring that it serves to maintain and increase the competitiveness of the agricultural sector.
- International Trade, with respect to Canola exports.
- Municipal access to Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant.
- Mutual aid agreements; formalizing mutual aid agreements is important because rural municipalities (RM) need assurance that they will be reimbursed for providing emergency services to neighbouring municipalities and First Nations.
- National Disaster Mitigation Program; to ensure mitigation projects and strategically and effectively undertaken.
- Natural Disasters (BC Flooding) – amplifying issues surrounding Canada’s supply chain network and the need for a wider lens when monitoring these situations as they relate to all areas of each Province
- New Building Canada Fund; eligibility requirements and thresholds.
- Provide comments on the need for improvements to the Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) program.
- RCMP costs - Unionization-related costs coupled with rising policing costs overall could result in significant financial burdens for municipalities
- RCMP presence in rural Saskatchewan. Preventing rural crime.
- Rail Safety - Transporting dangerous goods by rail. Grade crossing improvements.
- Requests to maintain a Gas Tax Fund and to reduce related administrative requirements for RMs.
- Rural Crime; in regard to the potential need for provincial police force
- SARM participating in consultation to promote efficient and effective grain transportation.
- The Canada Infrastructure Bank Program - Irrigation infrastructure for agriculture in Saskatchewan
- The Rural Municipal (RM) Tax Loss Compensation Trust Fund tied to Treaty Land Entitlement agreements continues to decrease and appears to be unsustainable without municipalities absorbing significant reduction in monies from the fund.
- Water treatment systems; alternative water treatment technologies continue to be explored and, where feasible, applicable regulations and guidelines be updated to allow for the most efficient use of those technologies.
Policies or Program, Regulation
- Transportation policy and regulation with regard to grain and grain products, and the products of agriculture generally.
- Emissions regulations – industries are heavily dependent on fossil fuels to produce energy, food, fertilizer, products and commodities needed around the world. Efforts to reduce greenhouse gases should not disadvantage one region of Canada more than another
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
Canadian Energy Regulator (CER)
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA)
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC)
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
Farm Products Council of Canada (FPCC)
Finance Canada (FIN)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)
Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
Health Canada (HC)
House of Commons
Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC)
Infrastructure Canada (INFC)
Justice Canada (JC)
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
Prime Minister's Office (PMO)
Public Safety Canada (PS)
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
Senate of Canada
Statistics Canada (StatCan)
Transport Canada (TC)
Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD)
Government institutions added through a monthly communication report
- Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)
In-house Organization Details
Description of the organization's activities
The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) is a provincial municipal association representing and serving the interests of Saskatchewan's 296 Rural Municipalities.
Responsible officer name and position during the period of this registration
Organization's membership or classes of membership
The Rural Municipalities of of Saskatchewan are eligible for membership in the association. All 296 Rural Municipalities are members of the association.
End date of the last completed financial year:
List of Government Funding
Funding Received in Last Financial Year
Funding Expected in Current Financial Year
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
Province of Saskatchewan - Immigration and Career Training
In-house Organization Contact Information
2301 Windsor Park Road
Regina, SK S4V 3A4
Employees who lobby for the organization
- Jay Meyer,
Executive Director |
No public offices held