The Municipality of Jasper is working with the towns of Banff and Canmore to advocate for provincial recognition of tourism-based communities in Alberta.
Property taxes are the main source of funding for Alberta municipalities, which means Jasper’s resident population of approximately 4,500 is responsible for funding services and infrastructure that accommodate up to 25,000 visitors per day during peak tourism season, placing a fiscally unsustainable property tax burden on Jasper residents and business owners.
Other provinces, states and countries have systems in place to share tourism revenue between the various levels of government. While the provincial and federal governments are encouraging tourism growth and increased visitation to the Alberta Rockies, no measures are in place to help support the infrastructure and services used by visitors in Alberta municipalities.
The three communities are asking for recognition and tools that will allow us to remain competitive as international tourism destinations while ensuring community health and fiscal sustainability.