Town of Canmore

Climate Change

Climate Action Plan

A Climate Action Plan updates our greenhouse gas inventory (community and corporate), updates our greenhouse gas reduction targets, updates our Action Plan, and identifies a suite of actions to achieve these targets in alignment with requirements of the Global Covenant of Mayors. Ongoing monitoring and reporting of the Town’s climate actions is essential to build awareness and keep climate actions top of mind for staff, Council, businesses, and citizens in Canmore.

By 2030, the community of Canmore will reduce its GHG emissions by 30% below 2015 levels. It is proposed the Town of Canmore adopt a Corporate target to achieve a 50% reduction in its Corporate emissions given we have much greater control over our own buildings and operations emissions.

By 2050, the Town will reduce community and Corporate emissions by 80% below 2015 levels, which is aligned with Federal GHG emission targets. This target is important because it signals much greater emission reductions are necessary after 2030. Although it is anticipated that some of these emission reductions will be achieved through step changes in technology (e.g. electric vehicles), action is required immediately in all of the sectors in order to set up the community for success. By adopting a 2050 aspirational target, the Town is signaling to citizens, businesses and industry that significant emission reductions are required now and into the future. The Climate Action Plan also identifies additional targets specific to each sector (buildings, transportation and waste).

You can read a copy of the Climate Action Plan  pdf here (1.14 MB)

Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Plan

The Town of Canmore is taking steps to address climate change and ensure Canmore is safe, prosperous, and resilient in the future by developing a Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Plan. While the Environmental Sustainability Action Plan focuses on mitigation efforts to tackle the causes of climate change, the adaptation plan tackles the effects.

Climate projections for the Bow Valley point towards increases in temperature and changing precipitation patterns. By the 2050s, mean annual temperature is anticipated to rise 1.9°C over the 1961-1990 average with an increase in mean annual precipitation of about 5%; summer precipitation is projected to decline by about 5%. Projected changes in average temperature and precipitation for the Bow Valley will have broad consequences across the natural environment, including the size of our glaciers, winter snowpack, streamflow, wildfires and forest pests, and regional ecosystems.

Projected climate and environmental changes could have numerous impacts on Canmore, with consequences for municipal infrastructure and services, private property, the local economy and environment, and the health and lifestyle of citizens. In anticipation of the potential risks and opportunities presented by these changes, the Town of Canmore has developed a Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Plan.

You can download the Climate Change Adaptation Background Report and Resilience Plan pdf here (2.54 MB) .