Treaty Land Entitlement

Rural Municipal Tax Loss Compensation Trust Fund

On October 6, 1993, SARM signed an agreement with the Government of Saskatchewan to administer the Rural Municipal Tax Loss Compensation Trust Fund. This agreement followed the Framework Agreement, between the Government of Canada, the Government of Saskatchewan and certain First Nation Bands with respect to the settlement of outstanding Treaty Land Entitlement claims.*

The purpose of the fund is to provide tax loss compensation to rural municipalities that lose taxable property from their assessment base due to lands being given reserve status in the settlement of Treaty Land Entitlement claims.  The trust fund is designed to provide a perpetual return thus enabling rural municipalities to receive some level of tax loss compensation indefinitely.

When a property has received reserve status under the Treaty Land Entitlement claim process, the Government of Canada (70%) and the Government of Saskatchewan (30%) contribute to the trust fund an amount equal to ninety per cent of twenty five times the municipal portion of the property taxes levied on the property in the previous year.

Annual payments from the returns on investment are made to rural municipalities, based on ninety per cent of the current municipal taxes, less a five per cent administration fee.

* “Treaty Land Entitlement” claims occur when the correct amount of land was not set aside when a First Nation Band’s reserve was originally surveyed.  Population numbers used to calculate the number of acres required were lower than they should have been.

For more information about this fund, or to make a claim, contact Doug Fisher or Catherine Patterson at 306-761-3720, or controller@sarm.ca

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