The Kananaskis Improvement District was established on August 26, 1996 by the Honorable Ty Lund, Minister of Municipal Affairs, through Ministerial Order 53/96.

The primary purpose of the KID is to provide effective local government and municipal services to the residents of Kananaskis Country. A secondary purpose is to work with, and provide input to, the Province of Alberta with respect to land use and resource management within the Improvement District.

The KID is responsible to the Minister of Alberta, Environment and Parks and delivers a portfolio of services that include municipal administration, disaster and emergency services, fire protection, public health and welfare, street lighting, waste management, waste water collection and treatment, water treatment and distribution and noxious weed control.

To accomplish this mandate, the KID is managed under a unique local governance model, which recognizes its close relationship with Alberta, Environment and Parks.


The mission, vision, goals and core values of the Kananaskis Improvement District are set out in KID’s 2012-2016 Business and Strategic Plan as follows:

Mission Statement

“KID, in collaboration with its partners provides effective and efficient local government and municipal services.”

“Working together to sustain Kananaskis as a destination that provides opportunities for a diverse quality of life.”
Core Values

Accountability – We are responsible for our actions and for contributing to the effectiveness of our community.
Integrity – We behave ethically and are open, honest and fair.
Respect – We foster an environment in which each individual is valued and heard.
Excellence – We strive for excellence through innovation and continuous improvement in the provision of programs and services.
Collaboration – We seek opportunities to lead, share knowledge and resources, and find financial efficiencies to continually improve our community.