Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Pushes Municipal Amalgamations

Blog, Municipal Government, Steve Lafleur

An article in today’s Leader-Post announced that the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce is planning to lead a push to amalgamate many of the smaller urban and rural municipalities in the province. The rational is that doing so could potentially lead to cost savings. While big city amalgamations have typically failed miserably (e.g. Toronto), there could potentially be some cost savings from amalgamating some of the small rural municipalities that only have a few hundred or less residents. This would allow for municipalities to spread the cost of municipal services over a wider tax base. While it isn’t yet clear whether or on what scale amalgamation would be beneficial, it is a discussion that needs to happen.