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2018 Community Assessment
Conversation MeterTalking with the Community
Community Assessments help us understand our town’s successes, challenges, and what we need to do to make life in Banff a little bit better.

We asked all residents to participate, get together and talk about what makes life in Banff great, what’s not so great, and what we as a community can do better.

The information gathered will help inspire future decisions and planning within the Town of Banff and other community organizations.

Phase 2 of the 2018 Community Assessment is now complete. During May and June, 700 people participated. Phase 3 is about processing themes and trends from all the conversation information. In August and September, we will share what we heard and provide opportunities to check back with the community on this page, and through pop-up engagement boards around town.

Successes from the last Assessment
During the 2013 Community Assessment, the high cost of living, a feeling of not being connected to the community, and simply not knowing where to go to get everyday information were some of the things we learned. So, we created a number of new things to address these concerns. They include:
  • Awareness of community resources & programs – 211 free phone line to get connected to local resources 24 hours/ day 7 days/ week; increased immigrant and community support services; new communication strategy resulted in 10,000 client interactions to community services 
  • Affordability – Banff Access Program with free and discounted transit, recreation and programs; Creation of Bow Valley Affordability Guide; housing strategy and build projects, public transit between Banff and Canmore; Re Use It Centre; Try It recreation programs; new food programs 
  • Community Connections – Community Table lunch where locals meet, welcoming and multicultural events; SHINE celebrating community members; Community Greenhouses; Community Connections program to welcome and connect newcomers 
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