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Let’s Talk 2020

Lets Talk 2020

 Let's Talk 2020 with Mayor Charlie Clark

It’s time to renew the City’s strategic plan and City Council is opening up its process to the public.

Let’s Talk 2020 provides engagement opportunities between City Council and the public that enable citizens to let us know what the City’s priorities should be over the next four years (2016-2020 term),  and develop community ownership in addressing the City’s challenges. 

The world is changing and cities are at the forefront of navigating these changes – from the global economy and resources, to climate change, income inequality, and technology. Saskatoon is no different.

What will it take for Saskatoon to be the best run city in Canada? To be a model city, agile at adapting to changes, leading the province in quality of life and building a sense of shared purpose among our increasingly diverse citizens.

Change can be difficult for cities, and it is important that citizens feel informed and confident about how decisions are being made about the future, especially in the face of change.

This is an invitation for you to become involved, learn about the issues facing our community, and be a part of the conversation about the city we can become. 

The 10 strategic areas and Council Leads:

In its strategic planning process, City Council identified 10 strategic areas that will require special and coordinated attention in order to address the challenges they pose.

On April 10, 2017, City Council has committed to piloting a new leadership model that will empower Councillors to take leadership roles in the fact-finding and engagement of the 10 strategic areas. Meaningfully engaging citizens and stakeholders to develop real community ownership in addressing the City’s challenges is a critical piece of this new approach so watch for more information to be part of the ongoing conversations.  

The Council leads for each of the 10 strategic areas is shown in the table below.  

Strategic Area & Council Lead


Core Services:



Getting the basics right is the heart of the City's work. City Council is prioritizing continued improvement on the delivery of core public services with the use of technology and improving our systems to ensure maximum benefit to citizens for the tax dollars they invest. 

The 2017 budget prioritized investment in; building better roads, sidewalk rehabilitation, snow and ice service, purchase of new transit buses, transit improvements, to name a few. With aging infrastructure, changing technology, and rising citizen expectations, ensuring modern and efficient core services has to be job #1.

Community Wellbeing and Safety:​


Councillor Gough


Fostering a more integrated and effective system of services in response to crime and community well-being is a priority for this Council.

We have notoriously high crime and youth unemployment rates, persistent concerns about safety, and gaps remain in our health and social systems.  Too many people are ending up on the streets or in jails instead of in housing, jobs, or education.  Millions of dollars of resources are going into reactive emergency responses as people fall through the cracks in the system.  City Council will work with engaged leaders in government, community organizations, business, and community to foster a more coordinated approach to community safety and well-being.

Downtown Development:


Councillor Block


Creating the conditions to bring more people, jobs, stores, restaurants, and amenities into the downtown is a priority for this Council.

The sign of a thriving city is a vibrant downtown where people live, work, and play. Our downtown has a vacancy rate of 18 percent with on-going news of companies re-locating outside of the downtown. City Council will work to ensure the heart of the City remains strong and attractive into the future.

Economic Development:


Councillor Hill


Supporting strategic economic development strategies that will position Saskatoon to succeed in a volatile 21st Century global economy is a priority for this Council.

As the biggest city in a resource-based province, we are learning of the vulnerabilities we face with swings in commodity prices.  We are already benefitting from a higher level of diversification than our Alberta neighbours, and we know that this needs to continue.  City Council will work with business organizations, the University, the Indigenous Community, and the Immigrant community to identify strategic economic opportunity and foster investment.


Environmental Sustainability:


Councillor Gersher

Councillor Loewen


A priority for this Council is to take meaningful steps in transforming our position as one of the highest emitters of greenhouse gas emissions in the world to a model city of innovation in energy conservation, renewables, and waste diversion.

The City of Saskatoon has documented a continuing decline in environmental quality related to waste, our ecological footprint, and our air quality.  City Council will work to reverse this trend.

Information Technology:


Councillor Jeffries

As technology brings on profound changes in how we live our lives and organize our communities, City Council is prioritizing the leverage of IT to provide benefits to citizens, while also focusing on mitigating potential negative impacts that technology can have.

Reconciliation, Inclusion and Diversity:

Mayor Clark

City Council is prioritizing work to foster an inclusive community and charting a new path of partnership and mutual cooperation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities

Recreation, Culture and Leisure:


Councillor Davies


City Council is prioritizing the development of the right mix of recreation and culture amenities and programs to support our citizens to be healthy and have fun in all of Saskatoon’s seasons of the year. 

As Saskatoon grows and changes, it is essential that our City has a great mix of recreation, culture, and leisure opportunities for our citizens. We are faced with a demand for recreational facilities that far exceeds our supply.  The world of sports, culture and recreation is also changing and demands for new facilities and programs to keep citizens active and engaged will require us to explore innovation and partnership.

Regional Planning:


Councillor Donauer


City Council is prioritizing the development of a vibrant, competitive, and well-planned region built on partnerships with the surrounding Urban and Rural Municipalities and First Nations.

There is a risk that without a long-term plan in place, our ability to grow efficiently and provide quality of life to residents will be hampered. 

Important strides have been made through the Saskatoon Plan for Growth to build relationships with our regional partners in order to develop a policy and planning framework that ensures future growth and the provision of regional services that everyone in the region can benefit from. 



Councillor Dubois


City Council is prioritizing the development of a mobility plan and strategy that will service our city for the next decades.  How citizens move around the city is an on-going challenge as the City continues to grow. Putting the Active Transportation Plan into action will require decisions about bike lanes, a bus rapid transit system, and new technologies, all in an emerging context of Autonomous Vehicles, Uber, and other disruptive technologies.


Saskatoon citizens care about their community and want to help shape its future. It is important to open the process and engage citizens in these conversations about what Saskatoon will look like in four years from now, to seven generations from now within each of the 10 priority areas.

Check back here for updates and future opportunities to be part of the conversation.

"Let's Talk Trends" Event

To kick things off, the January 16, 2017 "Let's Talk Trends" event provided an opportunity to explore how Saskatoon will be shaped into the future. Karen Thoreson, President of the Alliance for Innovation, a network of innovative cities and countries across the United States, assisted with this assessment. The Alliance’s new research, “The Next Big Things: The Next 20 Years in Local Government”, highlights 44 trends that could impact communities in the next generation. They are categorized in the areas of Resource, Technology, Demographic and Governance Trends.

This was an exciting opportunity for Saskatoon since it was the first time the Alliance for Innovation had a City Council and members of the public involved in this type of planning process.  The event was complemented with presentations from Saskatoon experts offering local perspectives.  All of this together will strengthen our ability to ensure the four year priorities are consistent with longer term plans that address complex trends affecting Saskatoon over the next twenty years. 

Thanks to everyone who participated in the January 16, 2017 "Let's Talk Trends" event at City Hall! If you missed it, you can   watch the video. The "Let's Talk Trends" event starts at 1:41:45 (following the regular meeting of the Governance and Priorities Committee meeting).

"Let's Talk Trends" Event Details

January 16, 2017
City Council Chambers – 222 3rd Avenue North
6:00 p.m.     Karen Thoreson, President of the Alliance for Innovation
7:00 p.m.     Presentation from Saskatoon Local Experts ​ 
8:30 p.m.     Mayor & Councillor Meet & Greet (City Hall Lobby)

In Person:
Join us in person in City Council Chambers starting at 6:00 p.m. Parking is available at the back of City Hall on 4th Avenue North.

Live Online:
Watch the presentation live on Shaw TV (Channel 10)
View on the City Live Stream 

Join the Panel!

Saskatoon City Council and Administration value your input on a variety of City initiatives, programs and services. We encourage you to sign up on the Citizen Advisory Panel to receive invitations to future online engagement opportunities.