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FAQ about the Canmore Conservation Fund

The Canmore Conservation Fund is a proposal by the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) to develop resources that can be used in the Town of Canmore to support the protection of wildlife, and wildlife movement corridors through the Bow Valley.

What is the Canmore Conservation Fund?

The Canmore Conservation Fund is a proposal by the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) to develop resources that can be used in the Town of Canmore to support the protection of wildlife, and wildlife movement corridors through the Bow Valley. The Fund is at present just a proposal that Y2Y is discussing with members of the community, developers, First Nations and members of Town Council and Administration.

How would the fund be created? 

One way Canmore can fund conservation would be to create a municipal property tax levy. In 2016 an average annual levy of $50 to $80 per household was used to support the development of affordable housing. In the past levies have also been used effectively to support the development of senior’s housing. Y2Y is leading a steering committee of local citizens, with the participation of the Town of Canmore, to examine if this is an option for our community.

Is there support for such a fund?

Yes. In November of 2016 Y2Y sponsored a survey of 400 Canmore residents on this topic. There is overwhelming support for the protection of wildlife and wildlife corridors in the Bow Valley. 98 per cent of respondents indicated either support for or strong support for the protection of these migration routes. Furthermore, 78 per cent of respondents expressed support or strong support for a levy, with more than 50 per cent of those supporting a levy of $80 to $100 per household per year.

What would the fund be used for?

The purpose of the fund would be to support the conservation of wildlife movement corridors and other conservation priorities in Canmore and its portion of the Bow Valley. Respondents to the Y2Y poll ranked the top four priorities for such a fund as:

1)      Educating people about the conservation of lands and wildlife corridors in the Bow Valley;

2)      Maintain infrastructure that is designed to protect wildlife movement corridors;

3)      Advocating for land use and stewardship that support wildlife and the environment;

4)      Purchasing parcels of land critical for wildlife movement.

What kind of projects would the Fund be used for?

Should the community decide to create a Canmore Conservation Fund, a steering committee would be developed to determine the most appropriate projects. Y2Y believes that strong community collaboration would be needed for the Fund to be a success.

What do you mean by “maintain infrastructure?”

The delineation of wildlife movement corridors in Canmore and the Bow Valley often requires the construction or reclamation of trails, signage, and landscaping to ensure wildlife and people are able to co-exist. These are just a few examples of the sort of infrastructure we have in mind.

When you say purchase parcels of land, what do you mean?

At the most, the Canmore Conservation Fund will be able to raise $500,000 to $1,000,000 a year. That doesn’t go far in the Canmore property market. Should the Fund be developed, and if the community feels that this is a priority, we may seek support from other levels of government and private funders to develop conservation easements on key pieces of property. In that way, the Fund may be used to leverage other resources.

How do I get involved?

If you’re interested in learning more, have questions, or want to get involved, email us at with the subject line Canmore Conservation Fund. We’ll get back to you!

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