Moose Jaw RM 161

Economic Development – Municipal Tax Exemption Policy – New Commercial Development – Effective January 1, 2022

  1. Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to:

  • Encourage new development within the Municipality
  • Provide tax relief to new businesses during the construction phase
  • Contribute to economic development and growth in the Municipality
  1. Authority

Section 295 of The Municipalities Act provides municipalities with the ability to exempt specific properties from taxation for a period of time not exceeding five (5) years.


  1. Policies and Conditions

Council may enter into an agreement with a property owner or occupant, as applicable to provide certain tax exemptions under the following conditions:


  • For commercial buildings with an estimated taxable assessment valued over $500,000, certain tax exemptions will be provided for a period of four (4) years at the following percentages:

– Year 1: 100 % exemption

– Year 2: 100 % exemption

– Year 3: 50 % exemption

– Year 4: 25% exemption


  • The tax exemption applies to permanent new buildings only and is not applicable to building renovations, expansions or taxes levied on land.
  • The tax exemption will apply to the municipal tax levy only. The exemption will not apply to the education portion of the tax levy.
  • The tax emption will begin on the same year of the addition of the building onto the Assessment Roll by the Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency (SAMA).
  • The tax exemption, equivalent to the amount of municipal taxes for the new building will appear on the Tax Notice as a credit, to offset the municipal taxes due.


  • In order to qualify, all of the following criteria must be met:
  1. The applicant must be a legally incorporated entity;
  2. The applicant must be current with municipal taxes (no tax arrears);
  3. The proposed development must be subject to commercial/industrial taxation;
  4. The applicant must submit a Tax Exemption Application Form when obtaining a Building Permit.

3.7  Where a tax exemption has been approved under this policy and the applicant has entered into a Tax Exemption Agreement with the Municipality, the applicant remains responsible for payment of taxes levied. Taxes must be paid in full by a deadline of December 31st annually. Should the applicant fail to keep the taxes current during the term of the Tax Exemption Agreement, this will result in a default of the agreement. In the event of default, any remaining exemption under the agreement will be forfeited and no further exemptions will be granted by the Municipality to the applicant.

3.8  Temporary buildings (no foundation), work camps, home based businesses and any businesses that are subject to Grant-in-Lieu are not eligible for a tax exemption.

3.9  A tax exemption that is granted under this policy may be revoked by Council if, at any time, the Municipality determines that the applicant is in violation of any municipal bylaws or agreements with the Municipality or has failed to meet the requirements or conditions of any permits or approvals issued by the Municipality.


Economic Development Commercial exemption

Moose Jaw RM 161

Seasonal Public Works position

The Rural Municipality of Moose Jaw No. 161 is accepting applications for a seasonal Public Works position typically beginning April 1 and ending Oct. 31 each year. Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license (preference given to those with a minimum Class 3A or Class 1A) and have skills and experience in maintenance and operation of equipment including tandem gravel truck, tractor & mower, pull type scraper and Bobcat.

Assets for this position include a strong work ethic; excellent time management and communication skills; strong organizational and relationship skills with ratepayers, staff, and council.

Reporting to the Municipal Foreman, duties will include but are not limited to trucking, mowing, loading, hauling gravel, installing culverts, installing signs, servicing equipment and other duties as directed by council from time to time.

Please include desired salary or hourly wages expected along with references. The position also includes a full benefit package containing health, dental and life insurance along with a strong pension plan.

All applications/resumes shall be marked “Seasonal Public Works Position” and emailed, mailed or dropped off at the address below on or before March 17, 2023. We thank all applicants for their interest in this position but only persons selected for interviews will be contacted.

Please forward your resumes and references to:


The Rural Municipality of Moose Jaw No. 161

Personnel Committee

#3-1410 Caribou St. W.

Moose Jaw, SK  S6H 7S9


Email: [email protected]