Town of Canmore

Council Clips

Council Clips for May 1, 2018

Question Period

A question from the public was submitted in advance, and asked a number of questions regarding the Canmore Recreation Centre lifecycle maintenance project. Answers to the questions can be found here:


Dieter Remppel appeared before Council as a delegation and asked if Council would consider a bylaw, as is now allowed per the recently amended Municipal Government Act, to reduce the requirement of signatures from 10% of population for petitioning purposes considering that only eligible electors can be petitioners, and that number varies from municipality to municipality.  

Water Utility Rehabilitation Fund Adjustment

Due to unforeseen utility operations challenges, mostly more than expected frozen services this winter and an issue at the Waste Water Treatment Plant, Council has approved to increase to 2018 operating budget to cover the overages by increasing the Rehabilitation fund and reducing the budgeted transfer to the reserve for water utility.

Canmore RCMP Multi Year Financial Plan

Council approved the Canmore Municipal Detachment Multi Year Financial Plan for planning purposes. The Town and the RCMP are required to meet on an annual basis to prepare a multi-year financial plan that covers things such as the numbers of positions required for the detachment, staffing resources required to support the RCMP, accommodation, and equipment. It is important to note that currently the town pays for 70% of the contracted policing costs, but if the population exceeds 15,000 residents in the 2021 census, the town will be responsible for 90% of the policing costs starting in 2022. This cost, in 2018 figures would represent an approximate increase of $660,000 for the same level of service. Administration will provide a plan to address this increase as part of the 2019/2020 budget process.

Wildfire Mitigation Strategy

To ensure residents and visitors are safe from fire events, wildfire mitigation has been occurring for the past 15 years.  The updated strategy provides a road map for future FireSmart activities such as vegetation management, public education, legislation, and emergency planning.  An updated hazard assessment and wildfire maps can be found in the strategy here: 

Photo Radar Review

Another way to keep residents and visitors safe is to manage traffic speed by providing photo radar.  Council supports the philosophy that photo radar has contributed to the safety of the community throughout the years because the data shows photo radar changes behavior and slows people down. They decided an RFP will be issued to continue to provide photo radar services for a four-year contract, as the resources for this service are better provided by a contractor than by internal staff. More information on Canmore’s photo radar, including information about the projects funded by photo radar revenues, can be found here:

Council Clips – May 8, 2018

Living with Wildlife Short Film

Living with Wildlife is a 25-minute documentary illustrating the culture around living with wildlife in the Bow Valley.  Filmmaker Leanne Allison came to Council to thank them again for their initial support and to provide an update on the film. It has been shown at numerous mountain film festivals around the world and translated into different languages. The Calgary Foundation has provided a grant to create a microsite and make it easier to view the film online and on mobile platforms. Future plans include an idea to have scenes from the film projected onto trees as a novel way to draw attention to the film and reinforce the culture of living with wildlife.  To see the film visit

Protective Services Year End Reports

Council was presented with 2017 statistics from emergency management, fire-rescue, bylaw services, RCMP, and the Canmore Police Committee. Highlights from 2017 include: the 40 members that form the part time component of the team contributed a total of 3,892 hours of service to and responded to 278 calls for response; bylaw services has increased their presence in parks and on trails, and in the town centre to addressing parking congestion issues; and total criminal code offences for the local detachment increased by 1% between 2016 (1,183) and 2017 (1,199). The five year period since 2013 increased 21%.  To read the full reports, see item D1 at

Explore 2026 Public Engagement

As part of the work the Town is carrying out to decide whether or not Canmore should participate in Calgary’s potential bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games, administration carried out a 2-phase public engagement project. Today Council was presented with the results of phase 2, as well as the Foundation Statement and 9 Principles that resulted from the public input. To learn more about the Canmore’s Explore 2026 Olympic Bid investigation, visit

Committee of the Whole Regular Features

Check out the meeting agenda package at to read:

·        Councillor Updates – a monthly report on the activities of individual councillors

·        Service Area Reports – each department provides a summary of operational activities

·        Council Resolution Action List – direction given by Council to administration

·        Bow Valley Regional Housing Updates

Council Clips for April 24, 2018

On April 24 Council met as the Finance Committee to hear a report from the Town’s auditor on the 2017 financial statements, to allocate the 2017 surplus and to start talking about 2018 property tax rates.

Consolidated Financial Statements

The Town’s 2017 consolidated financial statements were audited by an external third party, Avail LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants. You can see the statements, as well as statements from previous years, at

2017 Operating Surplus

2017 closed with a $2.7M operating surplus. The surplus is due to unexpected levels of revenue plus additional savings in salaries, wages and benefits, contracted services, telecommunications, and travel and training. Council allocated the surplus to the following reserve accounts:

  • $458,000 to the General Municipal Operating Reserve
  • $273,000 to the Tax Stabilization Reserve
  • $644,050 to the PAH Reserve
  • $1,326,175 to the Asset Replacement/Rehabilitation Reserve

2017 Capital Project Summary

Council received their annual report an on those capital projects that were completed in 2017 and those that have been carried forward to 2018 as work in progress (see item D3 in and you can also keep up to date with ongoing capital projects at

2018 Property Tax Rate Estimates

The Town collects just enough property taxes to cover operating budget requirements ($23M in 2018, including $725,000 for perpetually affordable housing), the provincial education tax requisition ($18M), and the seniors requisition (almost $1M). To determine the tax rate - or mill rate - administration calculates how much of the total is to be collected from residential and non-residential properties (the split), then divides these amounts by the total assessed value for each property classification. The tax rates resulting from this calculation will be presented to Council for approval at their May 15, 2018 regular meeting. In the meantime, you can learn more about property assessments at

Council Clips – April 17, 2018

Municipal Benchmarking – Streets and Roads

Canmore is participating with a group of municipalities to benchmark municipal service delivery metrics over time. Council has already seen benchmarking reports from police/RCMP, fire services, wastewater, and solid waste, and tonight they had the opportunity to review the report on roadway operations and maintenance.  In general, Canmore came out as average or better than average in terms of efficiency comparisons. To read the full report, as well as the other benchmarking reports, visit

2018 Land Use Bylaw Review

Administration has embarked on a significant review of the Land Use Bylaw aimed at addressing a number of community priorities approved by Council.  A stakeholder engagement program is scheduled to launch at the beginning of May. The following topics have been identified for review so far, and it’s expected that this list will evolve as feedback is received:









Accessory Dwelling Units


Roof Heights/Massing

Transportation Network

Inclusionary Zoning


Front Driveways

Teepee Town District

Reserve Districts

Tourist Homes


Downtown Parking

Parking Requirements

Steep Creeks

Bed & Breakfasts


Pop-Up Patios

House Sizes



Council also approved:

·        The 2018 Supplementary Assessment Bylaw

·        The 2018 Downtown BRZ Tax Bylaw

·        Proceeding with a project to install a solar power system at the waste management centre, with the understanding a return on investment may take up to 20 years. For more information on the project, visit:

Council Clips – April 10, 2018

Canmore Fire Rescue Master Plan Update

The Fire Rescue Master Plan (FRMP) was approved by Council for planning purposes in March of 2017.  Many of the recommended actions are in progress, and a status report of all of the initiatives were provided.  Some of the initiatives being undertaken include a review of training requirements, provision of Fire Chief or Deputy Chief 24 hour coverage, an RFP for improved dispatch service, and key projects that include the 10 minute response map, fire hall location study, and a proposal for a Fire Inspector. The full report (Item D1) can be found here:

Municipal Development Plan Indicators and Measures

Council approved the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) in September of 2016, which also includes a requirement for Administration to provide an annual report with the status of the goals and actions in the MDP. Key progress has been made in the following initiatives: affordable housing, environmental issues, Land Use Bylaw amendments, steep creek hazards.  See for more information.

Transportation Planning Update

Managing transportation is a challenge for communities everywhere. Providing attractive sustainable transportation facilities will provide people with choices and allow driving to continue to be an efficient option. As part of the 2018 Integrated Transportation Plan Update, the timing and sequencing of any changes to the network are critical. The plan details improvements to traffic flow to move traffic around the Town Centre, while balancing the commitment to a thriving, vibrant, inviting Town Centre.  On peak summer days, congestion is an ongoing concern. However, focusing solely on vehicles and vehicle delay are detracting from the things our community values, like nature, open space, vibrant public spaces, affordability, sustainability, and more. Visit for more information.

Committee of the Whole Regular Features

Check out the meeting agenda package at  to read:

·        Councillor Updates – a monthly report on the activities of individual councillors

·        Service Area Reports – each department provides a summary of operational activities

·        Council Resolution Action List – direction given by Council to administration

Council Clips – April 3, 2018

Code of Conduct for Elected Officials Approved

Council now has a new bylaw that sets out a code of conduct for elected officials that covers - among other things - conflict of interest, use of influence, and respectful interactions. Anyone who believes a councillor has contravened the code will be able to submit a complaint to a third party investigator for follow up.  Should breach be proven to have occurred Council has the choice of imposing sanctions such as requiring a letter of apology, suspending committee appointments, or suspending pay. Stay tuned for a new web page coming soon with information on the new code of conduct. Contact the municipal clerk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions in the meantime.

Canmore will participate in the 2026 Olympic Bid Corporataion

The federal and provincial governments, as well as the City of Calgary, have announced they will cover the costs of preparing a bid for Calgary to host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. In the wake of these funding announcements, the City of Calgary formally requested that the Town of Canmore participate in Calgary’s Bid Corporation (BidCo) and nominate a director to sit on the board.  Council voted to accept the invitation and appointed CAO Lisa de Soto as the director representing Canmore. It is important to note that approval to participate in a BidCo does not mean the Town of Canmore has decided to support the formal bid for the games – that decision will be made sometime before September 2018. More details on the BidCo can be found here and to learn more or to participate in a community survey, visit 

In other news, Council:

·        Overturned an earlier decision and approved a request for property tax exemption from the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative Society.

·        Saw an updated design for the new ice rink and washroom facilities being constructed in the Larch area. As a result of public feedback, the rink will be moved further north and a vault toilet will be installed in the west side of the rink.  For more info visit

·        Accepted the 2017 Candidate Campaign Disclosures and Financial Statements, which are posted at

·        Approved the 2018 Offsite Levy Bylaw.

To read any of the reports in the agenda package or watch a video recording of the meeting, visit

Council Clips – March 20, 2018

Tourist Home Enforcement Process Upheld

Two weeks ago Council received a request from a local resident to reconsider the process administration follows to address illegal tourist home rentals. Currently, administration serves suspected illegal operators with a stop order and a violation ticket with a $2,500 fine at the same time. Anyone receiving a ticket can pay it or appeal it to the courts. The request was that Council direct administration to issue only a stop order, then give the operator a grace period to comply before serving the violation ticket and fine. Council chose to accept the request as information only, as they felt extensive public education and a period of issuing warnings has already occurred. Council also stated they heard loud and clear from the public they wanted more enforcement on this issue and will be upholding the current process. To learn more about tourist homes in Canmore visit

Drug and Alcohol Policy Approved

With the upcoming legalization of cannabis, employers and staff are looking for guidance about what use is and is not permitted in the workplace. The policy approved today addresses the use of cannabis on the job, along with the use of medication, alcohol, and other drugs. It provides clarity on fitness for work to ensure the safety of employees, the public, and Town property. The policy will be posted on the website in the next day or two.

Council also approved:

·        An amendment to the Taxi Bylaw that adds a requirement for taxi drivers to pass a written test before they can be issued with their licenses; visit for details and a link to the online training program.

·        Changes to the Land Use Bylaw related to wildfire and overland flooding risk, green building regulations, and a clean-up of formatting and language;

·        The 2018 fee schedule for planning and development, which can be found here:;

·        The Canmore Town Centre Parking Study, as well as a project to complete an Integrated Parking Management Plan;

·        A traffic calming pilot project for Benchlands Trail; and

·        Pay adjustments for the Solid Waste Services Team.

To read any of the reports and attachment in the council agenda package visit

Council Clips – March 13, 2018

Quarry Lake Aquatic Safety Audit

Last fall, the Town worked with the Alberta Lifesaving Society to perform a safety audit at Quarry Lake.  The audit was primarily focused on improving swimmer safety and resulted in several recommendations to improve signage, education, and general safety at the waterfront. Quarry Lake Visitors will notice improvements starting this summer. You can read the entire audit report in the meeting agenda package – see item D1.

Homeless to Housing Coalition (H2HC)

H2HC is a coalition of Bow Valley agencies working together to support people experiencing homelessness.  Led by the Banff YWCA and supported by a combination of grant funding and private donations, the coalition is working on a number of initiatives, including the hiring of a part-time coordinator and the creating of two dedicated emergency accommodation spaces at the YWCA. See item D2 in the meeting agenda package for more information.

Explore 2026 Olympic Update

Council is gathering information to decide whether or not Canmore should partner with the City of Calgary in a bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Several activities are underway to help Council with their decision, including public engagement, participation in the PyeongChang Observer Program, and participation in Calgary’s “Dialogue Phase” Committee. To keep up to date and get involved in the next phase of community engagement, visit

Committee of the Whole Regular Features

Check out the meeting agenda package at to read:

·        Councillor Updates – a monthly report on the activities of individual councillors

·        Service Area Reports – each department provides a summary of operational activities

·        Council Resolution Action List – direction given by Council to administration

·        Bow Valley Regional Housing February Bulletin

Council Clips – March 6, 2018

Cannabis Retail Store Locations Considered

With the legalization of cannabis on the horizon, Council gave first reading of a bylaw intended to set out the locations where cannabis retail stores may be allowed. It’s proposed that these stores be permitted in all commercial districts where liquor stores are allowed, subject to approvals by the Town and the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission. A survey has been launched to give the community an opportunity to provide feedback on the recommended bylaw changes. A public hearing on the land use bylaw change has also been scheduled for Tuesday, April 10 at 5 p.m. More information can be found here: 

Kananaskis Way Apartment Building Approved

Council approved the development of a 159 unit purpose-built residential rental building at 120 and 130 Kananaskis Way. Since a public hearing was held regarding the bylaws required for this development, administration worked with the applicant to make several revisions to address: permitted and discretionary use, unit mix, vehicle and bike parking, building design and mass, landscaping and amenities, and public art.  To learn more about the project visit

Illegal Tourist Home Penalty Questioned

Resident Gareth Thomson recently paid a $2,500 fine for operating an illegal tourist home. He questioned the enforcement process used, namely that he was issued with a stop order and the fine at the same time. He asked Council to reconsider this process in the future, so that a person suspected of illegally operated tourist homes could be warned and given an opportunity to comply with the law before a fine is laid. Council will consider the request at their March 20 meeting.

In other news, Council:

·        Declined to approve a municipal property tax exemption for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Society

·        Approved a funding increase for a wastewater treatment plan upgrade project

·        Approved additions to eligibility criteria in the Community Grants Policy intended to clarify applications

·        Approved a budget carryover for FCSS

·        Approved conversion of the RCMP clerk position from 4 days a week to 5 days a week

 To read any of the staff reports or watch a video of the meeting visit

Council Clips – February 27, 2018



Canmore Recreation Centre Project

At the Committee of the Whole meeting two weeks ago, Council was presented with some significant modifications and reductions to the scope of the Canmore Rec Centre lifecycle maintenance project. These changes were proposed in an effort to keep the project within budget.



After receiving additional information tonight, council voted against increasing the scope and budget of the project to include a central staircase. However, council amended the scope of the project to include the addition of the ventilation system to support open cooking in the concession and increase the project budget up to $105,000. This will be funded from the general capital reserve.


The actual cost of the project will not be known until the project has been tendered and awarded. If there are cost savings at that time, any recommendations to include additional scope items will be brought back to council.



Council Clips – February 13, 2018

Lafarge’s Permit Application for Low-carbon Fuel Options

Jim Bachmann, Plant Manager in Exshaw, presented Lafarge’s update on their permit application for the use of eight lower carbon fuels, including construction renovation/demolition waste, non-recyclable plastic, carpets and textiles, shingles, treated wood products, wood products, rubber and tire derived fuels. These sources of fuel have been successfully used at other Lafarge cement plants in Canada and around the world, and they are looking into the feasibility of implementing it in Exshaw. For more information on their project, visit:

Update from Bow Valley Waste Management Commission

Andrew Calder, the CAO of the Bow Valley Waste Management Commission (BVWMC) presented an overview of the BVWMC operation and services provided to member municipalities, residents and businesses in the local community. They are looking at strategies to increase diversion rates and recognize that the majority of the materials they receive is from commercial use. At the current rate of usage, the expected lifespan of the Francis Cooke Regional Landfill is another 30 or more years.  Although the presentations were unrelated, if Lafarge is eventually able to use the lower carbon fuels they are proposing, there may be opportunities to keep those items out of the landfill. More information on BVWMC can be found here:

Plan to Address Effects of New Cannabis Legislation

We expect the purchase and use of cannabis to become legal in the summer of 2018. The Province of Alberta has published their proposed plans on the website Alberta’s Approach to Cannabis Legalization. While there are still areas that remain unaddressed in the Province’s materials, the Town is moving forward with plans to address:

Permitted use at work and fitness for duty (HR policies),

Being ready with zoning when the government finalizes regulation (Land Use Bylaw),

Public consumption and use (enforcement regulations), and

Potential for divisiveness in the community (social impact).

Administration is in the process of developing a plan to engage with the community to gain their perspective on all of the issues at the same time, and we want to ensure that any public engagement we conduct is related to specific issues or concerns in Canmore and doesn’t duplicate provincial engagement initiatives. For more information read the report item D1 in the agenda package.

Canmore Recreation Centre Project Update

This lifecycle maintenance project is a major undertaking, budgeted at $9.5 million. In order to meet the budget, significant scope modifications and reductions would need to be made including some floor plan modifications. However, Council directed administration to suspend the current design process until administration can return to Council to get direction regarding the re-introduction of a central stairwell into the design and scope for the project. Keep up with project developments at

Canadian Rockies Public Schools Joint Use Agreement

The joint use agreement between the Town and Canadian Rockies Public Schools (CPRS) is intended to make available and maximize the use of facilities between the two organizations to benefit both students and the community. Since the agreement was first signed in 2009 there have been some changes that need to be addressed, for example the ongoing wear and tear on sports fields, resulting in a cost-savings to CPRS. Council received a report detailing changes to the contract, which is expected to be signed shortly.

Committee of the Whole Regular Features

Check out the meeting agenda package at to read:

Councillor Updates – a monthly report on the activities of individual councillors

Service Area Reports – each department provides a summary of operational activities

Council Resolution Action List – direction given by Council to administration

Council Clips – February 6, 2018

Information Technology Strategic Plan

The Town of Canmore relies on its Information Technology (IT) department for network and systems service, as well as support in non-technical work.  We recognize the need to develop a vision and roadmap for the effective use of technology and services to support the work of the Town. Tantus Solutions was contracted through an RFP process by the Town in 2017 to develop an Information Technology Strategic Plan and presented their findings to Council, which were accepted for planning purposes. You can read the plan here:

Servicing the Bow River Campground

The Town of Canmore has entered into an agreement with Alberta Environment to allow the Bow River Campground to be serviced with water and wastewater by connecting to the Town’s water distribution system and sanitary sewer collection system. This would enhance the Bow River Campground with water and electrical services provided directly to some sites and a washroom and shower building to serve the entire campground. 

Municipal Benchmarking

The Town of Canmore has been an active participant in the Municipal Benchmarking Initiative with four other communities. Council has received benchmarking reports in the past for services such as: drinking water supply, police, and fire services. The group is wishing to expand the membership of participating municipalities and additional funds are required to allow this to occur. Council authorized the Town of Canmore to participate in an application being led by the Town of Banff to seek funding through the Alberta Community Partnership gran.

For more information check out the council meeting agenda package here:

Council Clips – January 23, 2018

Canmore One Step Closer to offering Broadband

“Broadband” refers to a high-speed fibre-optic network used to deliver services such as internet access, television programming, and telecommunication services. Canmore is interested in improving broadband access as a tool to support economic development in the community, and so contracted IBI Group to prepare a strategic plan which was presented to Council this evening. Council accepted the Broadband Strategic Plan for planning purposes. If you’re interested in learning more, visit

Changes to PAH Build and Price Guidelines

Build and Price Guidelines for Canmore’s Perpetually Affordable Housing establish the initial price (per square foot) for purchasers of new PAH housing units and address maximum unit sizes. Town administration is responsible for establishing the guidelines, and has worked closely with Canmore Community Housing Corporation on this review. Administration reported to Council that build rates have increased from $250 per square foot to $275 per square foot, and maximum unit sizes have been amended to ensure the units continue to meet affordability criteria. For more information check out the council meeting agenda package here:

In other news, Council:

·        decided to continue allowing political campaign signs to be placed on public property;

·        updated their Procedural Bylaw, which addresses meeting procedures at council meetings;

·        approved the Canmore Library’s updated Safety and Use Bylaw; and

·        agreed with a resident’s request to waive penalties accrued for failure to pay property taxes.

Council Clips – January 16, 2018

New Canmore RCMP Sergeant

Canmore welcomed Sergeant Stan Andronyk to the Canmore RCMP detachment. Sergeant Andronyk was most recently posted in Banff.

Do Good in Your ‘Hood

FCSS is launching a new program aimed at strengthening neighourhood connections in Canmore. Starting in February, the Town will be recruiting six volunteer Neighbourhood Coordinators tasked with connecting with the residents in their area and planning a neighbourhood project or event. Watch for more information coming soon or email Megan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions.

2017 Living Wage Report

A “living wage” is the amount of income an individual or a family requires to meet their basic needs, maintain a safe, decent and dignified standard of living, and save for future needs and goals. This is the second Living Wage report, following the primary study carried out in 2015. The following chart shows a summary of changes to Canmore’s living wage. You can read the report here

Drug and Alcohol Policy

With the upcoming legalization of cannabis, employers and staff are looking for guidance about what use is and is not permitted in the workplace. This proposed policy is intended to address the use of cannabis on the job, along with the use of medication, alcohol, and other drugs. In a nutshell, employees are expected to be fit for duty, both for their own safety and safety of the public. The policy isn’t in effect yet; we’re planning to bring it for Council’s approval In March 2018. If you have any questions contact human resources, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2017 Audit

Council was introduced to Calvin Scott of Avail LLP. Calvin and his team will be carrying out the Town’s 2017 financial audit. 

Committee of the Whole Regular Features

Check out the meeting agenda package to read:

·        Councillor Updates – a monthly report on the activities of individual councillors

·        Service Area Reports – each department provides a summary of operational activities

·        Council Resolution Action List – direction given by Council to administration

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 Wesley 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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