Additional Traffic Enforcement Coming to Canmore
Council approved a change to the Municipal Enforcement department to allow community peace officers to conduct moving traffic enforcement within municipal limits. This service level change will increase responsiveness to community concerns around traffic safety, and officers will continue to be highly visible in the community, respond to areas of concern, and provide enforcement on trails and pathways including educating people on trail etiquette and positive ticketing. This change will occur in the next three to six months and use existing staff and support the RCMP in responding to moving traffic violations.
Advocating for Housing Funding
Council directed the mayor to write to the federal minister of Intergovernmental Affairs to advocate in support of the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) funding the Town of Canmore’s future housing development projects. The CIB’s current mandate for funding focuses on five priority areas, which does not include infrastructure for housing.
New Committee for Council Remuneration
Council directed administration to draft the requirements to establish a new committee to review council remuneration and to bring the terms of reference back to council for approval in time for committee members to be recruited as part of the other committee recruitment that takes place in September. This process will contribute to greater transparency for council remuneration and the committee will replace the internal process which was historically used. Changes to remuneration would take effect for the council elected in 2025.
Mid-sized Cities Mayors’ Caucus Grant Application
The caucus is made up of 24 municipalities including Canmore, and collectively the mid-sized cities represent more than one million Albertans and its goals are to connect, collaborate, and set strategic priorities to advocate to the Government of Alberta. Council voted to endorse the Alberta Community Partnership grant application to fund the four phases of the Unlocking the Full Potential of Alberta’s Midsized Cities Initiative. The funding request to the Province of Alberta is for $400,000 and each municipality will be expected to support the initiative in the collection and provision of data and the participation in project workshops, interviews, and sessions.