Town of Canmore

Where Do My Taxes Go?

Every year, Council determines the amount of money needed to fund operation of the Town of Canmore.  A municipal budget funded through property taxes benefits your community in a variety of ways and is vital to the ongoing health of any community.  The tangible benefits provided by the Town of Canmore can be categorized into the seven S’s: 

We provide for the safety of residents and visitors through police and fire response along with education and enforcement of bylaws. In addition, we protect the community from flooding and fire through steep creek hazard mitigation and FireSmart practices. Prevention, emergency preparedness and emergency social supports are key to community safety.

We work towards sustainability of our community by diverting residential and commercial food waste and recycling. We research and monitor opportunities for solar installation on municipal facility rooftops as a way to conserve and procure energy. As we implement, monitor, and report actions related to energy and climate protection, we also conserve resource including prioritizing wildlife co-existence through attractant reduction programs. 

We provide both indoor and outdoor spaces including 63 buildings located at 23 different sites that cover over 360,000 ft2, as well as maintaining and operating all municipal trails, parks, sports fields, green space, playgrounds, outdoor ice surfaces, dog parks, vault toilets, and the cemetery.  Indoor recreation facilities at Canmore Recreation Centre and Elevation Place including ice rinks and swimming pools. 

Streets and roads are maintained in the winter and summer and rehabilitated through capital funding and are part of an overall transportation network including bridges, sidewalks, paved pathways, and parking lots. This also includes pavement markings, signage, street lighting, and traffic signal light maintenance. Funding fare-free local transit.

The services we provide are extensive and diverse; some examples include pet licensing, returning found pets to owners, recreation programming including indoor climbing opportunities, aquatics programs, fitness classes, lost & found services, promoting and supporting local business including retention, expansion, innovation, and diversification, delivering cultural and artistic programming, including the public art program, special event delivery and support for community events including film permits, building and development permits, building inspections, Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), Family Resource Network (FRN), counseling, child development, social and neighbourhood connections, affordability support services including providing emergency food, non-profit organization support, and volunteer recruitment and management.

Sanitation services are wholly supported by user rates and are essential to a good quality of life. As part of the utility rates, we provide daily waste container servicing (pedestrian and neighbourhood bins), a depot for specialty items such as used oil and leaf collection, large item cleanup program, water treatment and distribution, wastewater treatment and collection, storm water management, utility meter reading and billing, and utility capital upgrades to meet the changing needs of the community.

All of these categories require support including insurance, debt repayments, long term financial planning including transfers to reserve funds, paying bills, financial accounting and reporting. Property assessment and taxation is required. As well, support includes public engagement, providing information to the public through advertising and marketing. This requires network servers, telecom systems, and infrastructure including systems security. Employees are required to do the work and must be recruited, trained, and compensated. Procedural and administrative support for council, including municipal elections and plebiscites, records management, bylaw and policy development, municipal census, FOIP is provided. 

For a copy of the current year's budget visit Budget & Financial Information.

The distribution of your 2022 property taxes is as follows:

Provincial Education Tax

Bow Valley Regional Housing (BVRH)

Vital Homes

All property owners whether they have children or not, are required to pay education taxes. The Town of Canmore collects education taxes on behalf of the Alberta School Foundation Fund (ASFF) but has no jurisdiction over setting the tax rate for school taxes. For more information on Provincial Education Taxes call 310-0000 toll free and ask for 780-422-7125.

The ‘declaration of faith’   pdf school support document (188 KB)  is an affiliation of faith.  Your declaration will appear on your tax account as well as your Notice of Assessment and Annual Tax Notice. However, all school funds are distributed from the pooled amounts collected by the Province and are based on school enrollment.

If a declaration of faith is not received, your property will default to 'Undeclared.' 

The BVRH requisition is for supportive living accommodation for seniors in the Bow Valley and is supported by the Town of Canmore, ID#9 (Banff National Park), Town of Banff, Kananaskis Improvement District, and the M.D. of Bighorn. This requisition is paid by all property owners including seniors. More information about BVRH can be found on their website.

The purpose of collecting the Vital Homes  contribution is to accumulate capital funds for the purchase of land and construction of Vital Homes units. The construction and supply of these units is intended to address the affordable housing demand of Canmore residents unable to purchase or rent accommodation on the open market.

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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