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All communities, regardless of population, location and capacity are invited to participate in the Communities in Bloom program. Invitations are distributed across the province and to past program participants.

Registrations to participate in the program are accepted until April 15th annually. Enquiries and expressions of interest are welcome at any time.

Registration Information

2019 How to Participate Flyer
A flyer outlining the program and the evaluation criteria.

2019 Program Registration Form
Please download and complete the program registration form. 

2019 Communities in Bloom Workshop

Come learn about the Communities in Bloom program on March 16 in Warman, SK.

Register today for our 2019 Communities in Bloom Workshop! 

Participation Categories

Communities are categorized into the following four areas:

  1. Urban Municipality – Includes Cities, Towns, Villages, Northern Villages, Resort Villages, and Northern Hamlets.

  2. Community – Includes Organized Hamlets, Hamlets, Northern Settlements, Resort Hamlets, Unorganized Hamlets, Resort Communities, First Nations, Metis Communities, Special Service Areas and other community areas.

  3. Rural Municipalities (RM) – For RMs that want to participate with their entire municipal area - including RM governed communities, but excluding Urban Municipalities within RM borders.

  4. NEW IN 2019! Places and Spaces - For non-municipal participants interested in Communities in Bloom’s values and support. This non-competitive category may be evaluated or non-evaluated and includes a unique evaluation specifically developed for this category. Participants can include: Senior/Long Term Care Facilities, Park Authorities, Museum Facilities, Residential Complexes, Private Subdivisions and other non-municipal groups. Evaluated Participants are recognized for Bloom Achievement.


Participation categories for the Urban Municipality, Community and Rural Municipality Participants include:

Competitive Category

The community is visited by two volunteer “judges” who conduct an assessment related to all the evaluation criteria. The assessment form is returned to community for planning purposes.

A “bloom rating” is provided and is based on the score received through the assessment. (note: ratings are only recognized during the year they are received.

The community receives a certificate of participation, recognizing their “bloom rating”.

The community receives promotion as a program participant through media and marketing campaigns applied to the program.

The highest scoring Competitive community in each competitive population category is recognized as a Communities in Bloom Provincial Winner.

In addition to the benefits of participating in Communities in Bloom, those communities receiving the highest ranking through the assessment, in their respective competitive population category, may be provided an opportunity to participate in the National CiB program.

Novice Category
New communities or communities that have not competed since 2016 can enter.

The community is visited by two volunteer “judges” who conduct an assessment related to three evaluation criteria as previously determined by the community. The assessment form is returned to the community for planning purposes.

Communities will coordinate with Communities in Bloom to receive a “half-day” workshop with the judges on Evaluation day.  This workshop can be customized to suit the community but should be based on program goals.

A certificate recognizing a “bloom rating” and participation in the Novice Category is provided.

The community receives promotion as a program participant through media and marketing campaigns applied to the program.

This category provides a more supportive entry to the program. The intention for the Novice category is for the community to participate competitively or as an Evaluated Friend in the next year.

Evaluated Friends
The community is visited by two volunteer “judges” who conduct an assessment related to all the evaluation criteria. The assessment form is returned to the community for planning purposes.

A “bloom rating” is provided and is based on the score received through the assessment. (note: ratings are only recognized during the year they are received.)

The community receives a certificate recognizing their “bloom rating” and their participation in the Evaluated Friends category.

The community receives promotion as a program participant through media and marketing campaigns applied to the program.

Communities are not competing; this is a friendly category intended for those communities that want to form a base point for competition or do not want to compete against other communities, but value the community assessment.

Friends Category
The community is committed to achieving the Communities in Bloom motto: “people, plants, and pride…growing together”, but does not receive an assessment.

The community receives a certificate of participation, recognizing their participation as a Friend.

The community receives promotion as a program participant through media and marketing campaigns applied to the program.

The category allows new participants the opportunity to strengthen their local program prior to entering the competition. Also, involvement has included experienced participants who are interested in maintaining their existing initiatives.

National Edition
Communities in Bloom - the national website for Communities in Bloom.

For more provincial information, contact:

Andrew Exelby
Phone: (306)780-9262 or 1-800-563-2555
Email: aexelby@spra.sk.ca