Town of Canmore

Awards & Grants

Bertram Dyck Leadership Bursary

The Bertram Dyck Bursary was created by the Town of Canmore to honour Bert’s many years of leadership in our community - first as mayor for two terms from October 1992 until October 1998, and then as Chief Administrative Officer from March 5, 2001 until his retirement on May 15, 2005.

The $1,000 Leadership Bursary is awarded annually to a Grade 12 graduating student residing in Canmore.  Applicants must compose and submit a minimum 500-word essay on Leadership.  

The committee will consider the following:

  • An understanding of the qualities of a leader (what makes a leader)
  • Challenges to effective leadership
  • A personal history of leadership, though not a requirement, should be in context of points a) and b) above
The essay is due to the Town of Canmore by May 31, 2023 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Law Enforcement Bursary 

Each year, the Town of Canmore awards a Criminal Justice/Policing Bursary to one local high school students pursuing a criminal justice/policing program in the upcoming fall semester for $2,500.

Criteria for Bursary

  • Must be a permanent Town of Canmore resident
  • Grade 12 graduating student
  • Must provide proof of enrollment in the program they intent to participate in
  • Must compose essay of minimum 500 words about leadership

Applicants must compose and submit a minimum 500-word essay on why they have chosen to pursue an education that is related to criminal justice/policing while also focusing on their leadership, volunteerism, and good work ethic. In addition to the essay, students must provide proof of enrollment for the program they intend to participate in.

New Driver 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 the current year.

Submission Process

1. pdf Click here  (180 KB) to download the form

2. 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 email to or by mail/drop off in person at the following address:

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

Community Grants Program

The Town of Canmore Community Grants Program provides funding to Canmore-based not-for profit societies and community organizations. Funding will support local initiatives and local/regional events that promote a circular economy, a sense of belonging, community affordability, and equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Submission Process

Visit our Community Grants page for more information 

Lamphouse Emerging Artist Bursary

The Lamphouse Endowment for the Arts Fund: Emerging Artist Bursary is given annually to a Canmore resident who identifies as an emerging artist and pland to use the bursary award to further pursue their artistic practice (i.e. though education, supplies, residencies, etc.)


An eligible applicant must be:

  • An emerging artist (i.e. an artist in the early stages of their career. See Terms & Conditions).
  • A resident of Canmore for at least one (1) year.
  • Planning to use the bursary award to further pursue his/her/their artistic practice (i.e. through education, supplies, residencies, etc.)

Funding Level

The maximum award is $3,000. Each funding year, $500 will also be awarded to a high school student

Submission Process

Visit our Emerging Artist Bursary page for more information 

Community Grants

The Town of Canmore Community Grant Program is intended to provide up to 50% of the total expenses for one-time, project-based initiatives within two municipal funding streams.

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Major Event Grant

The Town of Canmore Major Event Grant Program provides funding to Canmore-based not-for-profit societies to support the planning and delivery of national and international events in Canmore.

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Mayor's Volunteer Celebration

Show a community volunteer your appreciation by nominating them for a Mayor’s Award for Volunteer Excellence.

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The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Goodstoney First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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