CANMORE – There are additional funds approved in 2019 for Canada Day events for the community after council voted this week to approve the budget.
The annual event sees a combined effort between the non-profit Canada Day committee and the municipal government to provide the community with the traditional events – pancake breakfast, parade, music in Centennial Park and fireworks.
Next year, said general manager of municipal services Sally Caudill, the Town’s contribution would be more accurately reflected with an additional $8,000 in the overall event.
Caudill said the municipality is responsible for the parade and the Canada Day committee is responsible for the activities around the parade.
“It is better for both organizations to provide clarity around who delivers what service,” she said.
In order to reflect what the municipality is responsible for, she asked for an additional $8,000 to the $26,250 budget shown in previous years. The committee is now responsible for fireworks – estimated at $8,000 to $10,000 annually.
The 2019 budget overall includes $43,750 for events, to be distributed by an event committee upon application, and $6,250 for world cup related events in February when biathlon competitions are held at the Canmore Nordic Centre.
The IBU World Cup opening and closing ceremonies are funded through the event grant fund, which sets aside $50,000 a year for event support. The municipality intends on combining the winter carnival with the sport ceremonies according to the department budget information provided to council.