Town of Canmore

Council Clips – Nov. 16, 2021

At the Committee of the Whole meeting, Council heard updates on:

Mountain Creek Hazard Mitigation

This program now focuses on construction of long-term mitigation and emergency response planning. Town of Canmore has taken a risk-based approach to mitigating the significant steep creek hazards that affect our community, including reducing risks and ensuring that new development does not introduce new and unacceptable risks. Climate change creates uncertainty related to this risk and is an important program consideration. This report provides Council and the community an update on the status of efforts, and outlines the work planned over the coming decade. Read the report in the agenda package and find additional information here Mountain Creek Hazard Mitigation

Cougar Creek Debris Flood Retention Structure

Construction of the structure is well underway, however the next phase of work is better suited for warmer weather. Work will shutdown for the winter and resume in the spring. The Lady MacDonald hiking trail will re-open on Nov. 20. The trail will close again once work resumes in the spring. Cougar Creek Canyon remains closed for the duration of construction (tentatively summer of 2023). For details, visit Cougar Creek

Safe Park Pilot Program

The program was piloted this summer between June 15 – Sept. 30. Participant program uptake was low, possibly due to the pandemic and fewer international seasonal workers. As part of the 2022 budget process, administration will be recommending a second year of the Safe Park pilot and explore options. More information on the program can be found at Safe Park Pilot Program

Family Resource Network (FRN)

Canmore’s FRN delivers family supports, including supports for those community members most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first nine months of 2021, there were 125 participants in provincially-funded programs, 601 in municipally funded programs, and 330 in the COVID-19 relief programs. Although this pandemic response program will be ending in December of 2021, the FRN will continue to maintain their core operational programs in 2022. As well, the FRN space, formerly known as Parent Link, will be renamed to the Family Connection Centre, and will host both municipally-funded and provincially-funded programs, including Canmore’s Big Fun summer camp programs. 

Canmore Community Monitoring Program

The Town of Canmore has been providing community monitoring reports since 1995. Instead of these reports, administration is recommending transitioning the reporting period from once every two or three years to a real-time web-based reporting tool to improve accessibility and access. This municipal community monitoring program would provide residents with user-friendly and open access to municipal information, increasing government accountability. Council will hear further recommendations in Q2 of 2022. In the meantime, past reports can be found at Community Monitoring Report


Councillor and administrative updates can also be read in the agenda package here:

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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