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Council Clips - June 18, 2024

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A Pathway to a Resilient, Zero-Emission Future
The Committee of the Whole heard details about the proposed Climate Emergency Action Plan that outlines a climate-ready future for Canmore with a roadmap to address key climate hazards while enhancing our community’s resilience and well-being. Feedback from over 300 residents informed the plan that will come before Council on July 2 for approval. Read the plan and what we heard during public engagement at Climate Emergency Action Plan | MyCanmore

This project was funded in part by the Government of Alberta, through the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre’s Climate Resilience Capacity Building Program. The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre is a partnership of Alberta Municipalities, Rural Municipalities of Alberta, and the Government of Alberta.

Housing Action - Permanent Resident Tax Program
Committee of the Whole was presented with an update on the key actions required to implement a Permanent Resident Tax Program, one of the key bold actions to address our housing crisis. Empty and infrequently occupied housing contributes to Canmore’s housing crisis by removing potential long-term rental units from the market. Incentives to occupy housing units full-time by the owner or by long-term tenants can directly impact the housing crisis.

Read more about the key actions needed to implement the program here: Housing Action: Town of Canmore

Council Remuneration Committee Recommendations
The Council Remuneration Committee was struck by Council in 2023, with a goal of analyzing and making recommendations to Council regarding the Council Remuneration Policy. The work of Council is critically important to the community. Increased levels of engagement from the community have resulted in greater accountability and responsibility in the role of elected officials. Compensation should not be a barrier to residents running for office and to attracting a diverse slate of candidates.

The Committee made several recommendations, you can read them all in today's Special Meeting agenda package item #H-1 here: Council Meetings: Town of Canmore. Council accepted the recommendations and directed administration to update the policy. The recommendations will not come into effect until after the next municipal election.

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