Town of Canmore

Council Clips - September 6, 2022

Homelessness Society of the Bow Valley

The Homelessness Society of the Bow Valley provided Council with an update on their operations to date and requested that they consider providing a municipal space to support their shelter operations from December 1, 2022 to March 16, 2023, from 8 p.m. – 8 a.m. daily. Council referred the Homelessness Society of the Bow Valley’s request to administration for review and recommendation.

Clean Energy Improvement Tax Bylaw 2022-21

Council gave second and third reading to the Clean Energy Improvement Tax Bylaw 2022-21. The Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP) intends to make it more affordable to upgrade residential and commercial properties to improve energy efficiency or add renewable energy, through municipal financing paid back via property taxes. To learn more about the program, click here.

Council Advisory Committee Review

The Town has three committees with mandates to advise Council on various matters of municipal interest. A review of the effectiveness of these committees, the Community Events Committee, Cultural Advisory Committee and Environment Advisory Review Committee in achieving their mandates was conducted, so that Council could consider any potential changes to those committees prior to appointing members at October’s organizational review meeting. 

The review proposed no changes to both the Community Events Committee and the Cultural Advisory Committee. 

The review found that there was no longer a need for EARC to play a role in the review of environmental impact statements and assessments. Accordingly, Council dissolved the committee by approving the Environmental Advisory Review Committee Repeal Bylaw. To read the full background on today’s decision, see item H1 in the Sept. 6 agenda package.

Labour Market Recruitment and Retention Strategy

Council approved a new 2022 capital project for Labour Market Recruitment and Retention Strategy in the amount of $100,000 funded from the Economic Development Reserve. The Labour Market Recruitment and Retention Strategy will focus on a long-term strategic approach to labour market needs, growth, and sustainability, aligning with Council’s strategic planning objectives related to livability and relationships. For more information, see item H3 in the Sept. 6 agenda package

Canmore Planning Commission Amendments

Council approved the Subdivision Authority, Development Authority, and Municipal Planning Commission Establishment Bylaw - Membership and Eligibility, to change the composition of the Canmore Planning Commission’s membership. This will ensure that matters before the Commission benefit from a review of a broad cross-section of professional and community interest. To read the background on today's decision, see item G2 in the Sept. 6 agenda package

Council also:

  • directed Mayor Krausert to write a letter to the Province requesting action be taken to reduce accidents involving wildlife on the TransCanada Highway between the Bow River Bridge and the East Park Gates.
  • rescheduled the September 20, 2022 Committee of the Whole meeting to September 27, 2022.
  • granted an extension for the endorsement of PL20210015 – The Gateway at Three Sisters, to November 1, 2024.
  • heard a written report providing Council with an overview of the new web-based Canmore Community Monitoring Program.
  • approved an emergent resolution around proposed changes coming to Victim Services, to be provided to Alberta Municipalities. 

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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