City Manager's Message
Saskatoon is blessed with many advantages that make our city a great place to live.
It’s a great place to grow your career, family, and future. Our strong and maturing economy, high quality of life, and most importantly, great people who take pride in the health of their community make Saskatoon a city where people want to live.
The 2017 Annual Civic Services Survey results confirmed, once again, that perceptions of the quality of life in Saskatoon remain positive, with 87% of respondents believing the quality of life in our city is good or very good.
Things never stay the same in a growing city; there’s amazing changes that come with rapid growth. I invite you to explore Saskatoon.ca to find out more about what City Council and Administration are doing to further our approach to fiscal prudence and delivering quality programs and services to our citizens.
Below are examples of how the City of Saskatoon is being innovative and creative in the efficient and effective delivery of public services for the economic, environmental, social, and cultural well-being of the community. Every day, the City of Saskatoon is continuously improving to become the best managed City in Canada.
Striving to be the Best Managed City
Planning for the Future
Guided by our 10 Year Strategic Plan, we’re committed to plan ahead and dedicate resources to new opportunities and challenges that will inevitably come our way.
Our 2018 Business Plan and Budget provides detailed action plans and resource requirements to meet our operational needs, improve our infrastructure and achieve our guiding Strategic Goals.
Measuring Our Performance
Our Performance Dashboard ensures our accountability and gives citizens a look into how we are doing, where we need to improve, where we are making our positive strides, and what strategies need to be identified or developed to help us meet our goals.
Investing in What Matters to Citizens
As part of our efforts to collect additional public input on the annual budgeting process, we invited the public to have their say about budget spending priorities, and the City’s future investment plans through our Shaping our Financial Future public engagement activities and online budget surveys.
For 2018, the City received another AAA/Stable credit rating from Standard & Poor’s, the international bond-rating agency. The City has earned S&P’s highest rating every year for more than a decade.
Perception of Quality of Life in Saskatoon Remains Very Positive
According to the 2017 Annual Civic Services Survey, 87% of Saskatoon citizens (online respondents) rate their quality of life in Saskatoon as good or very good. Quality of life is influenced by many things, including access to jobs, housing, services, opportunities for leisure activities, convenient transportation, and feelings of safety.
Overall Satisfaction with Civic Services Remains High
Since 2013, overall satisfaction with the level of service provided by the City has increased significantly with telephone respondents (88% in 2016 compared to 83% in 2013) and online respondents (83% in 2016 compared to 73% in 2013).
Fourth Fastest Population Growth
According to Statistics Canada, the Saskatoon Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) recorded the fourth strongest growth rate among Canadian CMAs in 2015 (2.0%), just behind Calgary and Edmonton. The population within city limits reached a quarter million, while the CMA population reached 300,000.
Second in Overall Cultural Investment
Saskatoon was one of seven mid-sized Canadian cities to participate in a cultural investment study by Hill Strategies Research, a Canadian company specializing in applying social science research methods to the arts sector. Results show Saskatoon ranked first in operating, second in overall investment, fourth in capital investments and sixth in grants.
Service, Savings and Sustainability
In 2017, through the City of Saskatoon’s ongoing commitment to continuous improvement, we identified over $30 million dollars in operational efficiencies, additional funding and revenues. We are all working together to build a culture of innovation and creativity, and to grow the city in a sustainable way. Our Saskatoon Strides 2017 report showcases how we've made many positive strides in the way we deliver services for residents of Saskatoon, and in finding ongoing new efficiencies in the way we do our work.
A Great Place to Work
In 2017, for the sixth year in a row, the City of Saskatoon was named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers. The City was also recognized in 2018 as one of Saskatchewan’s Top 50 Employers, the seventh year in a row.
A Stable, Sound and Robust Financial Future
The City of Saskatoon received another 'AAA'/Stable Credit Rating for 2017 from the international bond-rating agency, S&P Global Ratings (S&P). The City of Saskatoon has received the 'AAA'/Stable Credit Rating every year for more than a decade. The S&P Global Ratings January 2018 Report notes the City’s historically stable budgetary performance and sound financial management, and also foresees a robust economy and healthy outlook for Saskatoon.
City Receives National Financial Award for Tenth Time
In 2017, the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada presented the City with the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting for its 2016 Annual Financial Report. The award recognized the City’s ability to present financial information in a clear, concise and informative manner. The City is committed to demonstrating openness, accountability and transparency in all its financial reporting.
Saskatoon’s Business Friendly, Competitive Tax Environment Ranked Number One
Ranking ahead of Calgary and Vancouver, Saskatoon earned first place when it came to providing the best competitive business tax environment according to the C.D. Howe Institute's "Business Tax Burdens in Canada's Major Cities: The 2017 Report Card," Saskatoon. The City maintains an ongoing commitment to a competitive tax policy that continues to foster a business-friendly environment, limitless opportunities, continued innovation and creativity.
City’s Solar Power Project Awarded Project of the Year
The Saskatoon Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), a City of Saskatoon facility, received the Rob Dumont Energy Management Project of the Year Award for their Solar Power Project. This award exemplifies the City’s commitment to innovative projects that increase operational efficiency, and reduce the carbon footprint of City-owned buildings.
City’s Streetscape Renewal Project Injects New Life… Receives Award of Merit
The City’s Planning & Development Departments’ Urban Design team received the Premier’s 2017 Award of Merit for design excellence in Saskatchewan for their 21st Street Streetscape Renewal Project. The City’s Urban Design team continues to reinforce Saskatoon's unique identity through their ongoing commitment to transforming public spaces and building a city that is healthy, inclusive and distinct.
Commitment to Collaboration and Partnerships Recognized
Saskatoon Light & Power (SL&P) was recognized by the Canadian Electricity Association with their national Award for Leadership in External Collaboration and Partnerships. The award recognized SL&P's commitment to external collaboration and partnerships with Indigenous Peoples, local communities and other stakeholders.
World-Class Modern Art Gallery puts Saskatoon on the map!
In 2017, The New York Times named Remai Modern, to their annual ‘Places to See’ list, in good company alongside the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi! International visitors, along with global conference planners, are putting Saskatoon on their list of cities to see!
Culinary Scene… Affordable, Elevated and Creative
In 2017, Food and Wine Magazine showcased Saskatoon as “Canada’s Hottest New Food City… Where You’d Least Expect It.” According to Food and Wine,
“…Saskatoon has become one of Canada’s newest food destinations…well worth the trip.”