Town of Canmore

Photo Radar

I Drive Safely Program

In addition to traditional photo radar tickets, photo radar operators also capture licence plates of vehicles obeying the posted speed limits for the Town’s “I Drive Safely” program. These plates are entered in to a weekly random draw for a $250 gift certificate to a Canmore business of their choice. If your licence plate has been selected, you will receive a letter at the address where your vehicle is registered.

For Ticket Inquiries
Call: 877.998.4327

For program information contact the manager of protective services using the information found here: Protective Services & Fire Rescue

Photo radar is established in multiple locations throughout Canmore to both enforce the posted speed limits within town limits, as well as to raise awareness on the dangers of excess speed in residential areas.    pdf All photo radar locations (873 KB)  are approved by the Canmore RCMP and meet guidelines set out by the Province of Alberta.

These sites are not selected randomly and include one or more of the following criteria:

  • Playground zones
  • Areas where conventional enforcement is unsafe or ineffective
  • Areas with an identifiable, documented history of speeding problems
  • Areas where the public or a community has expressed concerns related to speeding

Sites can also include construction zones, however photo radar has not been used in construction zones to date.

The Town of Canmore contracts its photo radar program to a contractor who employs operators that are appointed as Town of Canmore Peace Officers. These officers man the vehicle cameras to conduct photo radar enforcement in Town. 

Council continues to support the philosophy that photo radar has contributed to the safety of the community throughout the years because the data shows photo radar changes behavior and slows people down. Photo radar services will be contracted until 2022.  

Photo Radar Revenues

Net revenues are put into a reserve account which funds expenses related to policing and or traffic safety initiatives deemed appropriate by Town Council. Since 2007 $3.3 million dollars of revenues have funded the following programs and traffic safety initiatives:

  • Mobile speed display signs and audible traffic signals have been installed.
  • An additional RCMP officer for the town was added to the detachment compliment in 2008 which was funded by photo radar revenues. Since 2011, the funding for 1.5 RCMP officers has been funded through photo radar revenues, rather than through municipal taxes.
  • Pedestrian crossing lights were installed on the east side of the Bow River Bridge.
  • Pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure was improved to increase the comfort, safety and enjoyment of alternative modes of transportation.  
  • Enhancements to the Bow Valley Trail CPR crossing 
  • Cougar Creek parking and pathway improvements

 

Driver Training Course Rebate Program

Town of Canmore Council approved the use of $25,000 from the outflow revenue generated from the photo radar program to be put towards a rebate program called the New Driver Training Course Rebate Program. There will be a maximum of 100 rebates of $250 available to Canmore residents per calendar year. Please note that individuals are only eligible for this rebate program if they have completed the training courses in 2018.

To participate in the rebate program or to find out more information, please download the following form:

document New Driver Training Rebate Program Form (38 KB)

Submission Process

Please submit your completed form along with confirmation of completed Driver's Education Training Certificate and confirmation of Driver's License (Class 7 or Class 5) by one of the following ways:

By email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Or by mail/drop off in person at the following address:

Town of CanmoreAttn: New Driver Training Course Rebate Program 
902 7th Ave
Canmore, Alberta
T1W 3K1

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact the administrator at 403-678-0155 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.