Employment and Housing

 



Check out the most recent Employment opportunities at the Town of Canmore.  In addition, two recruiting companies are active in Canmore and the local newspapers run weekly career ads.

Employment Seeking

The following websites offer current job opportunities in the Bow Valley:
www.positivepeopleplacement.com (Positive People Placement)
www.diversifiedstaffing.com (Diversified Staffing)
http://www.rmoutlook.com/ (Rocky Mountain Outlook)
www.canmoreleader.com (Canmore Leader)

Housing Hub Introduction
Welcome to the Housing Hub!!

The Housing Hub provides all your need to know information regarding housing in Canmore and the Bow Valley.
It offers helpful information on current housing opportunities, affordable housing, hostels and important tips for people who are planning on moving to Canmore and for those who are already living here.
Please take your time browsing through the rest of the Town of Canmore website to find out what it’s like living here.

Tips to consider before moving to Canmore:
Housing and accommodation is somewhat expensive compared to many other municipalities in Canada.
May through August can be the hardest time to find a place to live.
According to the Bow Valley Labour Market Review Spring 2010 Issue, the average cost of rent for a room in shared house was $554.00 per month. A one bedroom condo had an average rent of $958.00 and a two bedroom condo had an average rent of $1208.00.

To find a copy of the Bow Valley Labour Market Review, please click the following link:
When moving to Canmore, make sure you have enough money to be financially independent for one month (approx. $2000).

The following websites offer current housing opportunities in the Bow Valley Area:
How to navigate through the Leader website:
1. Click on the link above.
2. The Canmore Leader website will open.
3. Click on Classifieds at the top of the screen.
4. The classifieds website will open.
5. Under Postal Code or City, enter in Canmore, AB in the box.
6. In the scroll down box that says All Categories, select Rentals.
7. Click on New Search
8. Scroll down and begin searching for your next new accommodation.

www.kjiji.ca (Banff / Canmore, another area to look for items is Calgary)
Tips for current Canmore Residents:
If you are currently living in Canmore and have begun searching for rental housing, here are some tips that may help you on your search:
Check the Canmore Leader every Wednesday and the Rocky Mountain Outlook every Thursday for rental units found in the classifieds in the last few pages of the paper.
Community bulletin boards are good for locating shared housing. Check out the local grocery stores – Sobey’s, Safeway, Fergies and the Bow Valley Laundromat. Tell everyone you meet that you are looking for housing – word of mouth works wonders in a small town.
Contact a property management company to find out about their current rental housing opportunities.
 
Property Management
Please contact the following property management agencies for more information about rental opportunities.
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PEKA
#205, 820 Main Street
Canmore, Alberta
Telephone: 403.678.6162
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Asset West Property Management Ltd
300-729 10 Street
Canmore, AB T1W 2A3
Telephone: 403.678.3000
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RE/MAX Alpine Reality
100 – 709 Main (8th) Street
Canmore, AB
Toll Free: 1.888.678.0236
Phone: 403.678.5890
Banff Office
Telephone: 403.762.8388
101 – 229 Bear st.
Banff, AB
Paramount Realty
217 Lynx Street
Banff, AB T1L 1B4
403.762.2122
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Bow Valley Realty Ltd
Cascade Plaza, 312 Marten Street
Banff, AB
Telephone: 403.762.0555
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Canmore, Alberta
Telephone:587.333.1545
www.rockiesrentals.ca


Staff Accommodation
Some people living and working in Canmore or Banff live in staff accommodation. Staff accommodation is generally cheaper than having your own apartment or sharing a house. Most often, employers will deduct rent and the damage deposit right off of your pay cheque. Another benefit is that staff accommodations are fully furnished; therefore, there is no need to buy furniture and appliances.

If looking for staff accommodation when moving to Canmore or Banff, secure employment with staff accommodations before arriving.

Most employers in Lake Louise provide their staff with housing. If you don’t like your staff accommodation you can move to Field, B.C. (a 20 minute drive in good weather) or to Banff (a 40 minute drive in good weather). (Thought since mentioning Lake Louise, Banff should be mentioned too)


Employment Seeking
The following websites offer current job opportunities in the Bow Valley:

Affordable Housing:
Canmore Community Housing Corporation
For perpetually affordable ownership and rentals, get in touch with Canmore’s Community Housing Corporation at: www.canmorehousing.ca
203, 600A – 9th Street, Canmore, AB (2nd floor, above the Canmore Seniors Drop-In Centre)
Telephone: 403.609.9983
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Mountain Haven Cooperative Homes
Mountain Haven is a non-profit housing co-operative that offers a mix of perpetually affordable housing in equity (ownership) and non-equity (rent to own) units. They are a pet friendly, full time community with units varying from 1 to 4 bedrooms.
101 – 125G Dyrgas Lane, Canmore, AB
Telephone: Nicole 403.609.8553, Tamara 403.675.9277
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Hostels
Below is a list of all the hostels located in the Bow Valley.
Hostel Bear
1002 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore, Alberta
Telephone: 403.678.1000
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Alpine Canmore Clubhouse
201 Indian Flats Road, Canmore, Alberta
Telephone: 403.678.3200
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Banff International Hostel
449 Banff Avenue
Banff, AB
Telephone: 403.985.7744
Toll-free: 1.855.5-HOSTEL
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Samesun Chalet
433 Banff Avenue
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Telephone: 403.762.4499
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HI Banff Alpine Centre
801 Hidden Ridge Way
Banff, Alberta
Telephone: 403.762.4123
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HI - Lake Louise Alpine Centre
203 Village Road, Lake Louise, Alberta
Telephone: 403.522.2201
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YWCA
The YWCA provides safe, affordable accommodation. (see below)
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Due to varying seasonal demands for housing, there can be a wait list to access a residence. Rooms are available for single or double occupancy.
Gingerbread House: provides residents with a private bedroom, common living room, shared kitchen, bathrooms and coin laundry.

Main Building: provides residents with a private bedroom/bathroom, common living room, shared kitchen and coin laundry.

Eligibility Criteria: Full-time employment, confirmed by employer.

Residency Requirements: Applicants must fall into one of the following groups:
Working Permit
Canadian Citizen
Permanent Resident
Refugee sponsored by the Government of Canada
Other Requirements:
Two references are required
Residency must be a minimum of three weeks and a maximum of six months
A damage deposit equal to one week’s rent is required
A key deposit is required
How to apply:
Must apply in person, by fax or email
Housing Manager
Community Resource Centre
102 Spray Avenue, Banff, AB
Phone Number: 403.760.3225
Fax Number: 403.760.3234
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Visit: www.ymountainlodge.com/residence.html for a copy of the housing application


Hotel Rooms
Click on the following link to begin a search for hotel rooms available in Canmore. Please note that you may click on the low to high price range to find the affordable rooms more easily.
www.tourismcanmore.com

Vacation Rentals
Click on the following link to begin a search for Vacation Rental Units available in Canmore.  
www.rockiesrentals.ca

Bow Valley Regional Housing

Community Housing
Bow Valley Regional Housing provides subsidized housing for families with low income.
Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for community housing, the applicant must have lived in the Bow Valley for at least the past six months, and must also have at least partial custody of a minor child or a full-time student. As well, the applicant must be unable to acquire or maintain adequate or suitable accommodation.

Residency Requirements: Applicants must fall into one of the following groups.
• Canadian citizen
• Permanent Resident of Canada
• Refugees sponsored by the Government of Canada

Income Requirements: To be eligible for community housing, the applicant must have a gross household income below the Provincially regulated “core need income threshold”.

Asset Requirements: To be eligible for community housing, the applicant must have assets of less than $4,000.
How to apply:
• Contact Sharon Bohnsack at 403.678.5922 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
920-13 Street, Canmore, Alberta, T1L 1C1
Housing for Seniors
Bow Valley Regional Housing operates housing for seniors 65+. For more information regarding housing, eligibility requirements and details on how to apply, please click on the following link:
*Seniors Housing
Bow Valley Regional Housing operates housing for seniors 65+ (55+ for individuals with a physical disability who may be considered, but senior citizens will always receive priority).
Seniors Self Contained:
• Bow River Homes, 920-13 Street, Canmore, AB
• Mount Edith House, 90 Moose Street, Banff, AB
Alberta Provincial Government subsidizes rents. Tenants pay 30% of their gross income.

Seniors Lodges:
• Bow River Lodge, 920-13 Street, Canmore, AB
• Cascade House, 227 Beaver Street, Banff, AB
Lodges offer meals, housekeeping, laundry service and 24 hour staffing.
Eligibility Criteria:
Residency Requirements: Applicants must fall into one of the following groups.
• Canadian citizen
• Permanent Resident of Canada
• Refugees sponsored by the Government of Canada
Income Requirements: To be eligible for community housing, the applicant must have a gross household income below certain income limits.

Asset Requirements: To be eligible for community housing, the applicant must have assets of less than $4,000.
How to apply:
• Contact Housing Manager, Greg Hutchings at 403.678.5922 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
920-13 Street, Canmore, Alberta, T1L 1C1,
Direct Rent Supplement
Bow Valley Regional Housing provides households with up to $600 per month to offset the difference a household’s rent and an amount equal to 30% of their gross income.

Eligibility Requirements:
Residency Requirements: Applicants must fall into one of the following groups.
• Canadian citizen
• Permanent Resident of Canada
• Refugees sponsored by the Government of Canada

Income Requirements: To be eligible for community housing, the applicant must have a gross household income below certain income limits.

Asset Requirements: To be eligible for community housing, the applicant must have assets of less than $4,000.
There are several other requirements relevant to health, accommodation, special circumstances, etc. Applicants must have a current residential lease when applying.
How to apply:

• Contact Sharon Bohnsack at 403.678.5922 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
920-13 Street, Canmore, Alberta, T1L 1C1,
Information for Landlords and Tenants
Residential Tenancies Act
This act provides information including a minimum standard of conduct for both landlords and tenants.
www.qp.alberta.ca/574.cfm?page=R17P1.cfm&leg_type=Acts&isbncln=9780779737925 (PDF file)

Minimum Housing and Health Standards
This document provides information to protect and promote the health and well being of occupants of rental housing.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns relating to the health standards for your rental accommodations in Canmore, please contact:
Lindsay Sullivan, Public Health Inspector or Diane Luka, Public Health Inspector
Environmental Health - Alberta Health Services
104 800 Street, Railway, Canmore AB, T1W 1P1
Phone: 403.678.5656 Fax: 403.678.5068
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Shelters
YWCA of Banff offers 24 hour access to a safe emergency shelter to Bow Valley women and men fleeing domestic violence.
For more information contact the YWCA of Banff at:
102 Spray Avenue, Banff, AB
PO Box 520, T1L 1A6
24 Hour Phone: (403) 762-3560
Community Resource Centre Phone: (403) 760-3200
Fax: (403) 760-3202
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Website: www.ywcabanff.ab.ca

Camping

If you are planning to camp in the Town of Canmore, here is some important information to be aware of:
• It is illegal to camp on Town of Canmore land, outside of designated camp grounds.
• The results of illegal camping could include the confiscation of camping gear, a $50 fine or a warning.
For more information about the Town of Canmore camping bylaw, click here and view 1997-27 Parks Bylaw:
To make a reservation at any of Canmore and area campgrounds, visit http://www.tourismcanmore.com
If you are planning to camp in Banff National Park, here is some important information to be aware of:

• When you’re camping in a National Park you have to camp in a designated camp ground and you have to purchase a camping permit or wilderness pass (for individuals camping in back country).
• There are a limited number of days allowed for each camping permit/wilderness pass.
• Must have a fire permit to have a camp fire.
For more information about campgrounds and camping regulations, please check out the Parks Canada Website or contact the Information Centre directly:
www.pc.gc.ca
Eligible Residency
Residential leases in Banff restrict occupancy to eligible residents as defined in National Park regulations. The eligible residency provisions ensure that community residential lands are available exclusively for community use, rather than recreational or second home purposes.
By federal regulation, a person is generally considered an eligible resident if he or she:
• is employed or operates a business in the park, or
• is a full-time student in the park, or
• has retired after not less than five years of employment in the park, or
• is the spouse or dependent of someone who meets the above criteria.
Please visit the Parks Canada Administration building to pick up an eligible resident application. Upon completion of all requirements, you will receive your eligible residency.

For more information about the concept of eligible resident, please click the following link, or contact Park’s Canada directly at:
Banff Park Administration Building
101 Mountain Avenue, Banff, Alberta
T: 403.762.1500

Commuters

If you are living in Canmore and working in Banff, or vice versa, here is some helpful information for those of you without a vehicle of your own.

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Brewster Airporter Services
Brewster Airporter Services offers transportation throughout the Bow Valley. Bow Valley Locals receive 25% discount with presentation of photo ID or pay stub, to receive discount. For more information on rates and schedules, please click on the link below.

Price between Banff & Canmore is $15.00 one way, plus GST
Toll Free Number: 1.800.760.6934
Telephone Number: 403.760.6934
100 Gopher Street OR 202 Banff Ave
Banff, Alberta
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Banff Airporter
Banff Airporter offers 10 scheduled departures between Banff and Canmore and also offers additional shuttles for special events such as concerts. Locals save 15% by calling 403. 762.3330. Additional discounts are also available to frequent travelers. Banff Airporter offers door-to-door transportation in Banff. Canmore service is to and from the Radisson Hotel.
Phone: 403.762.3330
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Greyhound
Greyhound offers a Commuter Pass, which includes 10 tickets that can be used at anytime, in either direction between Banff and Canmore. Tickets are valid for six months and can be purchased for $82.00. Savings of 20%.
Greyhound offers a locals discount of 10%.
For more information about Greyhound Bus fares & schedules, please check out the following link:
403.762.1092
327 Railway Avenue
Banff, AB
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Community Bus
A free community bus is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays for low income residents travelling to and from Canmore to Banff. For more information about the Community Bus, please contact Mavis Sautner at Canmore FCSS 403.678.7129