Town of Canmore

Council Clips – December 3, 2019

Paid Parking Program Approved

Beginning in June 2020, parking in the Town Centre between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. will cost between $1 and $1.50 per hour and be subject to time restrictions. Parking for 30 minutes or less will be free, there are 250 free parking stalls within a 6-minute walk of downtown, and between October – April, fees will be reduced in prime areas, and some 4-hour street parking will be free. The revenue from the paid parking program will allow the Town to continue to offer free local public transit in 2020. For more information visit Paid Parking & Fare Free Transit.

New Fire Hall Design to Begin

Council directed administration to go ahead with the design of a new 8-bay fire hall on Palliser Trail. This fire hall will replace the existing hall on Railway Avenue, which is no longer large enough or situated to optimally serve our community.  For more information about the project visit New Fire Hall.

2020 Budget Amendments

Last year, Council approved a 2-year budget to cover the Town’s operational and capital requirements for 2019 and 2020. Today, they approved several amendments to the 2020 budget which result in a $69K increase to operating (or a 0.2% tax increase to the previously-approved 4.6%), a $1.7M capital increase, and includes a $70K increase in transit commission funding. The Town of Canmore business plan and budget will be available for review at Budget & Financial Information.

Other Council approvals:

·         Tax Penalty Bylaw Amendment – reduces the penalty amounts charges on unpaid taxes. More information can be found here Property Tax

·         New Tax Installment Payment (TIPP) Bylaw – improves readability, updates outdated terminology; no changes to TIPP program. More information on the program can be found here Property Tax Payment Options

·         Appointments to the Downtown Business Improvement Area board – ratifies membership approved by the BIA board

·         Canmore Eagles agreement – reduces facility rental rates and provides for construction of a new bar facility

To read the agenda reports or see a video of the council meeting visit Council Agendas, Minutes, and Videos



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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