- Aboriginal Affairs
- Internal Trade
- International Trade
- Justice and Law Enforcement
- Regional Development
- Research and Development
- Taxation and Finance
Subject Matter Details
Grant, Contribution or Other Financial Benefit
- Rural Healthcare & Recruitment - funding for increase recruitment and retention of healthcare workers in remote rural areas of Saskatchewan
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
- Saskatchewan Act – Section 24 of the Saskatchewan Act regarding the tax exemption to the Canadian Pacific Railway Company
- 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.
- Bill C-234 is calling for changes to the "Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act"
- 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
- Broadband – continue the investments in rural broadband and meet the CRTC’s targets of download speeds of 50 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of at least 10 Mbps
- Budget asks – SARM seeks to find ways to expand the rural workforce, explore ideas that foster innovation, be a catalyst for economic investments, and provide rural municipalities with the much-needed tools to ensure that Saskatchewan can continue to support Canada’s economic growth and development
- 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, including the use of Strychnine.
- 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.
- Fertilizer reduction – focus on an absolute emissions reduction, rather than an intensity-based target, is misplaced and will likely cause severe economic harm & more emissions can be reduced through increased uptake of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship program while improving the competitiveness and profit of farmers
- Financial assistance programs for agricultural producers; ensuring that they serve to maintain and increase the competitiveness of the agricultural sector.
- Food Security – Provide farm operations with the eligibility to apply for the 1A grant funding; incentivize employment and employee retention programs in rural areas of the country to aid in stabilizing labour supply; provide employment training opportunities to be held well in advance of busy times in the Ag industry; and ask that the federal government evaluate its process and the requirements for newcomers to get proper permits to enter the Canadian workforce. Focus on efficiency and reduce barriers so employers can access readily available employees
- 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.
- Liberal Fertilizer Reduction plan
- 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.
- Pipeline: The pipeline as a greener alternative to shipping oil and gas and the positive effect on Saskatchewan
- Port of Vancouver grain loading issues, Railway/supply chain concerns especially around being able to move the crop from 2022 harvest to ports
- 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.
- RCMP – given the economic increase/market adjustments in the collective agreement, pay increases total more than 23 per cent over the six years, retroactive to 2017 & SARM is calling on the federal government to fully absorb all retroactive pay increases that the federal government negotiated
- 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.
- Vaccine Development: resulting from the COVID-19, SARM would like to see vaccine development in SK and throughout the Country - SARM supports VIDO's initiatives
- 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)
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
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