This advisory task force will develop recommendations to support residents returning to work, to support business operations in their recovery efforts and future growth, and identify opportunities to propel our community beyond the recovery stage.
The task force will help prioritize areas of focus for the Economic Development Department. This task force will work alongside the Town of Canmore Economic Development Department to implement the recovery plan, monitor its progress, and advise adaptations as needed.
Business Recovery Task Force pdf Terms of Reference (105 KB)
The task force will initially meet bi-weekly with scheduled meetings. The schedule will be reassessed each quarter. As the task force is not a formal council committee, meetings are not open to the public. Updates and final recommendations will be posted here as they become available.
Council accepted the Business Recovery Task Force Report for planning purposes on Dec. 7, 2021. The recommendations of the report align with three main recovery pillars to support the long-term resiliency of our local economy: Labour Recruitment and Retention, Support Local, and Beyond Local. The tangible recommendations for action include focusing on affordability, developing a labour recruitment and retention strategy, building a "Made in Canmore" web portal, assessing the impact of illegal rental suites, developing a Winter Strategy Task Force, and lobbying with regional partners for broadband infrastructure. Some elements of the report are already completed or underway, while others require grant funding and efforts that will extend into long-term (5+ years). Click here for more information about Economic Development programs planned or in progress and pdf click here to review the report. (1.84 MB)
The task force consists of 9 members: 2 Town Councilors, 5 Industry Representation (with priority given to Health Science and Services, Arts/Culture/Entertainment, Professional/Scientific/Technical Services, Tourism, Manufacturing, Building/Development, Retail), and 2 Outside Agencies (Community Futures Centre West, Job Resource Centre Canmore/Banff, Representative from the Immigration partnership, Not-for-profit community). Current members are:
Public Members (business representation)
Public Members (not-for-profit representation)
Councillor Karen Marra
Councillor Joanna McCallum