Town of Canmore

Business Recovery Task Force

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)

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)

Following Council's acceptance of the Business Recovery Task Force Report on Dec. 7, 2021, this task force discontinued their meetings.

The task force consisted 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). Members were:

Public Members (business representation)
Rachel Ludwig

Stephanie O'Brien
Ian O'Donnell
Dean Smolicz
Brian Talbot

Public Members (not-for-profit representation)
Barry Mehr

Cameron Spence

Council Representatives
Councillor Karen Marra

Councillor Joanna McCallum

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Business Recovery Task Force Minutes & Agendas

Meeting Documents

DateBusiness Recovery Task Force MinutesBusiness Recovery Task Force Agendas

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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