Town of Canmore

Council Clips – January 14, 2020

Family Resource Network Funding Application

The Bow Valley Parent Link program will stop operating on March 31, 2020 as a result of changes in provincial funding. While funding for parent link-type programs is ending, the Province of Alberta is offering new funding to provide services to children through a Family Resource Network. Council directed staff to apply for this funding to provide parent education services, social connection services, family support services, and “hub” services, which includes coordination and evaluation of all services provided in the Bow Valley. Applications are due Jan. 20, 2020 and we’re expecting decisions from the province in April or May. Visit to stay up-to-date.

Land Transactions

·         A landowner of 3 and 5 Railway Court, at the corner of 12 Street and 3 Avenue and adjacent to Policeman’s Creek, has submitted an offer to purchase and close a portion of the municipal roadway abutting the property. Council directed administration to accept the offer of $587,000, with an amendment to protect six metres from the bank of Policman’s Creek to address the sensitivity of the riparian zone. Details can be found in the agenda package under item F2 

·         Council wishes to purchase the privately-held portion of the cemetery access road along Palliser Trail. This access road will, in the future, be used to access the new firehall.  Council directed staff to enter into an offer to purchase in the amount of $18,000.

Proposed Borrowing Increase

Council approved a project to upgrade the wastewater mains along Bow Valley Trail in 2018 as part of the 2019-2020 capital budget. Original costs were estimated at $1.4M and council approved a borrowing bylaw in the amount of $1.3M. Since then, construction methods have had to change to deal with groundwater issues. Council gave first reading to a bylaw that would authorize borrowing of an additional $1.2M if it passes in March 2020. For more information visit

Council also approved:

·         An amendment to the Municipal Development Plan to address steep creek hazards. Visit Creek Resources for more information.

·         Creation of a new Youth Wellness Team, funded by a provincial grant, to address children’s access to cannabis.



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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