Living in Banff
Banff National Park
Residential leases in Banff restrict occupancy to eligible residents as defined in national park regulations. The eligible residency provisions ensure that community residential lands are available exclusively for community use, rather than recreational or second home purposes.
Why have Eligible Residency?
To ensure that a broad supply of housing types are available for those who work and raise families in the community, all people living in national park communities must meet eligible residency requirements. This ensures that housing remains available for those whose primary objective is to live and work in the community.
Who is an Eligible Resident?
According to the National Parks Lease and License of Occupation Regulations an eligible resident is defined as:
(a) an individual whose primary employment is in the park,
(b) an individual who operates a business in the park and whose presence at the place of business is necessary for the day-to-day operation of the business,
(c) a retired individual who resides in the park and who, for five consecutive years immediately prior to retirement,
(i) was employed primarily in that park, or
(ii) operated a business in that park and whose presence at the place of business was necessary for the day-to-day operation of the business,
(d) a retired individual who resided in the park at the time of the individual's retirement and who resided in that park on July 30, 1981,
(e) an individual who is a student in full-time attendance at an educational institution that is located within the park and registered under the Income Tax Act or applicable provincial legislation relating to education,
(f) an individual who is a lessee of public lands in the park and who
(i) was the lessee of those public lands prior to May 19, 1911, or
(ii) is a descendant, by blood or adoption, of an individual who was the lessee of those public lands prior to May 19, 1911, or
(g) the spouse or common-law partner or a dependant of an individual referred to in any of paragraphs (a) to (f).
Some facts about eligible residency
- You do not need to be an eligible resident to lease property in Banff. However, you do need to be an eligible resident to reside here.
- Operation of either a Home Occupation business or a Bed & Breakfast Home does not satisfy the requirements of eligible residency.
Eligible residency will be enforced by Parks Canada to ensure that those living in the community have an established need to reside here. Enforcement is accomplished by:
- requiring statutory declarations from all lessees at time of mortgage or sale
- requiring statutory declarations on demand from all lessees, based upon complaints or investigations
- requesting lessees to complete statutory declarations on behalf of their tenants
It is a criminal offense to make a false statutory declaration of eligible residency.
This document has no legal status and cannot be used as an official interpretation of the various codes and regulations currently in effect. It is meant solely to provide information that may be of general assistance to interested parties. The realty department should always be contacted for accurate information.
Banff National Park, Realty and Municipal Services Office
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