Town of Canmore

Accessory Dwelling Units

What is an Accessory Dwelling Unit?

Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a collective term used for various types of suites that have their own entrance, kitchen, sleeping and bathroom facilities, including: 

Why Would I Want an ADU? 

Mortgage helper: With rising housing costs, purchasing a house with an ADU or adding an ADU can make it easier to facilitate the ownership of entry-level housing.
Aging in place: Owners on a limited income can remain in their own homes longer by renting an ADU. Also, having someone close by can help to provide a sense of security.
Deductible expenses: There are a number of expenses that can be deducted against rental income, including 
advertising, insurance, interest, repairs and maintenance, and utilities.
Allowing families to stay together: An accessory suite may provide a home for an adult child, elderly parents, or a disabled relative.


How Do I Know Whether ADUs are Allowed in my Area?

ADUs are allowed or considered in many districts of Canmore. Please refer to the pdf map (1.77 MB) showing areas with potential for ADUs. 

I Am Interested But I Need More Information! 

Contact the Town of Canmore’s Planning and Development Department for more information at: 

Phone: 403.678.1585
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday



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