Applications for the Safe Park program are now being accepted. Safe Park runs from May 1 - September 30, 2024

Read below for details on our Safe Park program and for links to housing resources in Canmore

Safe Park Program

Safe Park is a seasonal program that is designed to support individuals who are employed in our community and who reside in their vehicles. The program is open to both individual participants and local businesses who want to support their employees. Permits are issued to eligible participants through an application process, on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Overnight camping is not allowed within the Town of Canmore; unpermitted vehicles will be ticketed. Overnight camping on municipal lots, on residential streets, or in areas not designated for camping, is prohibited in Canmore.

Program Details

To be considered eligible for the Safe Park program, applicants will need to meet, demonstrate, or supply the following:

  1. Proof of Employment in the Bow Valley* (minimum 20 hours per week)
    • Proof of employment can be demonstrated by a letter from an employer or by a recent pay stub.
  2. Ownership of an operational vehicle that fits within a standard parking stall
  3. Valid driver's licence, vehicle registration, and insurance
  4. Active health care insurance
  5. No more than two (2) occupants in a vehicle 

*Priority for the Safe Park program will be given to applicants working in Canmore. Those working elsewhere in the Bow Valley will be accepted on a first come, first served basis until the program is full. 

The cost to participate in the Safe Park program is $300 for the season (May - September), or $100 per month.

If you are on holidays, there are a number of provincial campgrounds nearby. Most can be booked 90 days in advance but for no longer than 14 consecutive days.

If you or someone you know is struggling with housing or affordability, please contact Canmore Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) to review potential options. FCSS does not provide housing or financial support, but staff are available to help navigate available community resources.

To speak with someone or book an appointment, call 403.609.3743 or email fcssadmin@canmore.ca 

Office location: Canmore Civic Centre, 902 - 7 Ave

FCSS office hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (closed on statutory holidays).

The Job Resource Center offers one-on-one job search support, resumé and cover letter writing assistance, interview practice and feedback, job search webinars and more. A staff housing guide is also available and offers a review of the housing offered by the major employers in Banff, Canmore, and surrounding communities of Lake Louise and Kananaskis. 403.678.6601 | canmore@jobresourcecentre.com Canmore office location: 109 - 710 10 Street.

The Safe Park program supports individuals who are employed in the Bow Valley and living in their vehicle. If you or anyone you know is struggling with homelessness, please contact the Homelessness Society of the Bow Valley.

Apply for Safe Park


Housing Resources

See below for a list of housing resources that are available in the Bow Valley. 

Bow Valley Regional Housing provides appropriate housing services to the Bow Valley region to seniors and families of modest means who struggle to secure such accommodations.


More Information on Bow Valley Regional Housing

Canmore Community Housing (CCH) is a non-profit corporation wholly owned by the Town of Canmore. Established in 2000, CCH supports a more sustainable community by providing a range of housing that is appropriate and affordable for the community's needs. CCH runs the Vital Homes program. 


More Information on Canmore Community Housing 

There are two main property management companies in Canmore that deal with residential property rentals.


Asset West Property Management


Peka Professional Property Management

Many employers offer staff accommodation in Canmore, for more information visit the Job Resource Centre.  The 2019 Staff Housing Guide can be found here.

Happipad is about matching two compatible people – a host and a renter – into a mutually beneficial living arrangement. The host gains a happy face around the house, a helping hand, and some extra cash. The renter is given affordable, comfortable housing with a like-minded roommate.

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