Town of Canmore

Bow Valley Parent Link

On Nov. 4, 2019, all 126 Parent Link centres across the province received notice from the provincial government that contract funding for BVPL services will end on March 31, 2020 and will not be renewed. Families across the Bow Valley will be impacted by this change. In addition, a total of 15 staff (six full-time, two part-time, and seven casual) who are employed with BVPL will be affected by this notification. The Town of Canmore will share more details on the future of Parent Link services within the Bow Valley as they become available. 

Bow Valley Parent Link (BVPL) is an inter-municipal community initiative operated and managed by the Town of Canmore in partnership with the Town of Banff and the MD of Bighorn. BVPL provides free resources, programs, and support to parent/caregivers with children aged 0 to 5 years in the following five core areas:

  • Early Childhood Development & Care
  • Family Support
  • Parent Education
  • Information & Referral
  • Developmental Screening

Through the Parent Link program, we work to create a community where all children and parents have the opportunity to support and be supported to raise children in a safe, loving, and nurturing family and community environment. 

In 2018, a total of 7,885 children and 6,596 parents attended the Bow Valley Parent link stay and play program, 625 caregivers attended the BVPL parent education workshops, 246 caregivers attended various family support programs,  41 children received development screening which flagged 8 potential developmental delays and 1,988 referrals were provided to Bow Valley families.

Canmore Location
600-9 Street
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Banff Location
101B Bear Street
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Exshaw Location
14 Heart Mountain Drive (Exshaw Legion)
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Courses & Workshops

Click here to view courses and workshop such as Triple P, I Grow You Grow, Car Seat Safety and more.

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Drop-In Opportunities

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Other Resources

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