What We Do
SARM is the voice of rural Saskatchewan and represents their members in many forums. SARM members have access to several programs and services offered by the Association.
Member Programs and Services
- General Municipal Support
- Policy Services
- Advocacy, Resolutions, Legislation Review, Policy Research and Development
- Information Services
- Legal Services
- Community Planning Services
- Employee Benefits Programs
- Municipal Insurance Programs
- Trading Services
- Municipal Fund Management
- Conventions and Special Meetings
- Administered Programs
- Beaver Control Program, PREP, MREP, Irrigation Structures Program, etc.
- SARM Programs
- MAIP, SARM Fuel Supply Program
- Partner Initiatives
- MLDP, MCDP, SMAs
- Awards and Scholarships
The staff at SARM has a significant amount of experience in municipal government and endeavours to assist municipalities as much as possible. They provide advisory support to rural municipal administrators in a number of areas, they organize and/or present educational workshops, seminars and special meetings, and hold annual newly elected officials seminars targeted at the education needs of newly elected officials.
The SARM Policy Department has a staff of three that work to support members in a number of areas.
SARM provides support for members on individual issues with provincial or senior governments. Matters that arise from convention resolutions are also dealt with responses and actions taken reported back to members. Examples of current policy issues include fire protection, road maintenance, infrastructure funding, oil and gas development, fees and services, agriculture programs, etc. As part of our advocacy efforts, we utlize the services of a lobbyist in Ottawa on some Federal issues.
SARM takes it policy direction from its members through resolutions passed at conventions. Visit the Resolutions page for all active resolutions and responses received from government, departments, and agencies.
SARM encourages and supports all legislation changes requested by members. We also review legislative amendments affecting rural municipalities under consideration by the Province of the Federal governments to ensure that legislation, current or proposed, is in the best interest of RMs.
Policy Research and Development
SARM staff members focus on agricultural, economic development, municipal and rural policy research and development.
For currect policy activities and member resources, visit the Advocacy page.
SARM provides a central communication service dedicated to keeping municipalities informed. SARM uses e-mails, our website, monthly updates, and the Rural Councillor magazine, to ensure members are aware of the Association’s activities and offers the opportunity to post advertisements for employment, classifieds, and tenders.
SARM also provides an information distribution service, for a fee, to its members and outside parties. For more information regarding communications services, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The SARM legal department has two lawyers and one legal administrative assistant on staff who all have extensive knowledge of rural municipal issues. While the lawyers' primary function is related to our Liability Insurance Program, they also provide legal services and advice to our members on a fee for service basis at discounted rates.
Visit the SARM Legal Services page.
SARM also has a Community Planning department that includes two Community Planners available to rural municipalities and urban municipalities on a fee for services basis. There are a variety of services offered, and the services can be tailored to meet the needs of each individual municipality.
Visit the Community Planning page.
SARM provides a variety of employee benefits programs for members, incuding:
- SARM Benefits Plan;
- Short-Term Disability Benefits
- Death Benefits
- Vision Care Benefit
- Maternity Benefit
- Accidental Death and Dismemberment Benefits;
- Long-Term Disability Benefits;
- Extended Health and Dental Benefits;
- Optional Life Insurance; and
- Group Life Insurance.
For information about these programs, or to enrol, visit the Employee Benefits Programs page.
SARM operates several self-funded insurance plans on behalf of participating member rural municipalities. Participating members benefit from reduced premiums and ownership of the plans. The plans also pay administration fees to SARM, helping to keep the membership fees down.
Member municipalities have access to the following insurance programs:
The SARM Trading Services program provides our member municipalities with quality service and products at fair prices. Services range from municipal forms and custom print orders, office supplies and equipment, roads signs, tires, to safety supplies and seasonal rat and gopher poisons.
For more information, or to order supplies, visit the Trading Services page.
SARM also manages municipal funds on behalf of several agencies. Some of of these funds include:
- Treaty Land Entitlement Tax Loss Compensation Fund
- Specific Claim Tax Loss Compensation Fund
- Municipal Habitat Conservation Fund
- Municipal Accounts in the SARM Liability Program
SARM holds a number of special meetings throughout the year for its members.
- March – Annual Convention and Tradeshow
- June – Division Meetings
- November – Midterm Convention
- November – Newly Elected Officials Seminars (A Module of the MLDP Program)
- Other meetings as requested by the membership.
Members may submit resolutions, debate, and vote on resolutions at Conventions or the Division Meetings.
SARM administers programs for its members on behalf of the Province, the Federal Government, and other associations. Some of these programs are:
- Provincial Rat Eradication Program (PREP)
- Beaver Control Program
- Feral Wild Boar Program (See SCIC)
- Invasive Plant Management and Control
- Municipal Roads to the Economy (MREP)
- Irrigation Structures Program
SARM also offers programs to our members. These include:
- Saskatchewan Municipal Administrator Internship Program (MAIP) (Provides funding for rural municpalities to train selected interns to become RM administrators)
- SARM Fuel Supply Program (Prairie Fuel Advisors (2008) Ltd. (PFA) offers a total fuel management program to municipalities and non-profit groups)
SARM continuously develops and administers programs and initiatives to meet the changing needs of rural Saskatchewan and recognizing the achievements of our members. Over the last decade, SARM and municipal sector partners have been collaborating on some innovative programs for our members. Some of these include:
- Municipal Leadership Development Program (MLDP)
- Municipal Capacity Development Program (MCDP)
- Saskatchewan Municipal Awards (SMAs)
SARM recognizes the vital role that rural councils and administrators play in rural Saskatchewan and are actively promoting the profession and achievements of our members. We offer a number of awards and scholarships to our members, rural residents and students.
- Lieutenant Governor's Award for Outstanding Service to Rural Saskatchewan
- SARM 90th Anniversary Student Scholarship
- SARM Rural Municipal Administration Scholarship Program