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Calgary is establishing a reputation around the world for offering an entire package of competitive advantages such as:

_ Today, Calgary is Canada's number one economic performer and is seeing unprecedented diversity in an array of industries.

_ Calgary's employment rate and per capita income are both ahead of the national average.

_ During the past seven years, the region experienced a population growth more than 16 per cent higher than any other city in Canada 

  and 125,000 new jobs have been added in the past five years.

_ Calgary has no provincial sales tax, no capital tax, no machinery and equipment tax and reasonable property tax on land and buildings.

_ Calgary has the youngest and one of the most highly educated populations among the 10 major markets in the country.

_ Calgary was ranked as the best place in Canada to work by the Globe and Mail, and Today's Parent magazine ranked Calgary among the

  top five best cities for families.

_ Calgary continues to enhance its reputation as a world-class city playing host to such internationally renowned events as the Calgary 

  Stampede, The Spruce Meadows Masters and the G8 Summit. Browse through and discover the dynamic spirit and endless opportunities in Calgary-Heart of the New West.

Area Overview

Calgary's reputation as Canada's Energy Capital stems from its thriving oil and gas industry and from the energy and enthusiasm of its business community. With Canada's youngest and most highly educated population, it is easy to see why Calgary has such vitality and spirit. It is this combination of optimism and opportunity that continues to draw firms and entrepreneurs to this city.

Calgary is home to 89% of Canada's oil and natural gas producers and 64% of coal producers. Companies involved in the energy sector, and its supporting industries, have flocked to Calgary and have sparked the emergence of new growth leaders.

Aside from oil and gas companies, the city has internationally recognized firms involved in finance, engineering, food production, transportation, and telecommunications. As an established advanced technology centre, Calgary is also home to dynamic information technology, health services and environmental sciences firms.

Its proximity to key national and international markets has made Calgary an important distribution hub for western Canada. With skilled labour, reliable and inexpensive energy and an advantageous tax climate, Calgary has a lot to offer the modern entrepreneur.

A further attraction of Calgary is our enviable rocky mountain lifestyle. A recent study from Geneva, Switzerland, ranked Calgary as twelfth in the world for the highest quality of life.

With a strong entrepreneurial spirit and an ability to get things done, Calgary remains one of Canada's most consistently growing economies.

Calgary's Key Advantages:

- Strong entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiastic business community

- Population with the highest percentage of post-secondary education in Canada

- Labour force with the highest productivity rates and participation rates in Canada

- One of Canada's consistently fastest growing economies

- Centre of Canada's energy industry and western Canada's high technology industry

- Distribution hub for western Canada, the Northwest United States & the Pacific Rim

- Broad international business experience and recognition

- Pro-business governments

- Ranked second in Canada as a centre of major corporate headquarters

- One of Canada's fastest growing populations

- Year round recreation and enviable Rocky Mountain Quality of Life


Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is located at: latitude 51 03' 07" North; longitude 114 22' 14" west at the corner of 9th Avenue and Centre Street SW. The City's elevation is 1,048.43 meters [3,439.71 feet] as taken at the fundamental benchmark, Central Park. The area of the city is 721 square km [278 square miles] making Calgary the second largest city in Canada by area.

In Calgary, you don't just think east-west. It is wise to also think north-south. Because of the close ties between Calgary's oil industry and the American energy sector, the city's transportation links stretch south of the border as well as to other Canadian destinations. By road, the Trans Canada Highway provides easy access to eastern Canada and the Pacific coast. A modern airport keeps the city in close contact with the rest of the world.

The population of Calgary's main trading area is well over 2.5 million people.

It extends in an elliptical fashion from the British Columbia interior to the Saskatchewan interior, northward to Red Deer and south over the United States border. Calgary's location, along with traditional business ties developed by oil and gas and agricultural industries, has facilitated the development of new markets in western Canada, the western United States and the Pacific Rim.

Calgary is by no means limited to these markets, due in part to the cities aggressive business community and excellent transportation infrastructure.

Sixty percent of Alberta exports originate from Calgary.

Economic Base

Calgary's cooperative, entrepreneurial-minded business community has encouraged many major companies, whose activities are clearly international in scope, to locate here. Major firms, like Trans Canada Pipelines, Canadian Pacific Ltd., Amoco Canada Petroleum Ltd., Petro-Canada and Shell Canada Ltd. have established their head offices in the city. Some of these firms consciously chose Calgary as a location while others grew in the thriving Western climate. In fact, Calgary is ranked second as a major head office centre in Canada, only behind Toronto. Some of the new arrivals on the Calgary business scene are the headquarters of CP Rail, Suncor Inc., Shaw Communications and Dow Chemicals.

Traditionally, the Calgary business community has been dominated by the resource sector, but this single industry focus is changing as the city's economy continues to diversify. Calgary's location, well-educated work force, high computer literacy rate and entrepreneurial attitude have created new opportunities in advanced technology, manufacturing, retail trade and tourism.

This diversification will ensure a stable future for the Calgary economy.


Since the discovery of oil and gas in the Turner Valley area, just south of Calgary, the city of Calgary has become known as the energy capital of Canada.

This is due, in large part, to the fact that over 89% of oil and gas producers are headquartered in Calgary. As a result, Calgary has a large concentration of expertise in oil and gas technologies, petrochemical engineering construction, natural gas compression and heavy oil development and engineering. Calgary is also home to a large portion of Canada's energy service industry, including engineering, geological and data processing.

Alberta is not only a major producer of oil and gas, but also of coal. It is, therefore, not surprising to find that 64% of coal producers have their head offices in Calgary. The production of coal, natural gas and unconventional sources of oil, such as the oil sands, will ensure that Calgary remains an energy centre, as conventional sources of oil are depleted.

The energy industry in Calgary is a highly competitive, capital intensive industry. As such, the industry demands high quality and fast service from its own industry and from the companies which serve to supply it. These high standards have helped to ensure that Calgary businesses offer high quality products with prompt service.


Calgary is a significant agricultural centre as well as a major energy centre. The importance of Calgary as an agricultural centre stems from the fact that Alberta is a major agricultural producer. In 2001, total farm cash receipts were $8.3 billion. The majority of agricultural revenue is derived from three commodities: cattle, wheat and small grains. Although Calgary is not a producer of these goods, it benefits from a wide range of agricultural-based industries and services. These include food processing, farm equipment and supply marketing, livestock and grain marketing, a wide variety of agri-services, numerous agricultural publications, livestock shows and sales, and regular agricultural conventions.

Of particular importance is the food processing industry, which accounted for the majority of growth in the value of manufacturing shipments in Calgary in recent years. In Alberta, during 1994, the food and beverage industries employed 15.1% of all manufacturing workers and accounted for more than 25% of the total manufacturing shipments. The food processing industry benefits not only from Calgary's close proximity to agricultural producers, but also because Calgary is a substantial consumer of food products and it is ideally located to distribute to other major markets.


The manufacturing industry in Calgary, although traditionally oriented toward products for the agricultural and oil and gas industries, continues to diversify, notably into food processing, clothing, furniture and high technology. This diversification can be attributed to Calgary's excellent transportation infrastructure, with an inland container port and an international airport; a well-trained, capable and available work force, with one of Canada's best records of management/labour relations and a central location within the Western Canadian market.

The oil and gas industry demands high quality precision products and technical expertise. These high standards have developed capabilities that are now being used to exploit opportunities in other manufacturing sector, particularly for defence-related products.

Calgary's manufacturing industry has five major sectors in terms of contribution to employment and value of manufacturing shipments. These are:

(1) food and beverage, (2) wood products (value-added wood processing), (3) fabricated metal products, (4) electrical and electronic products, and (5) printing, publishing and allied industries. Other strong sectors in Calgary manufacturing include transportation equipment, chemicals and chemical products.

The outlook for continuing growth in Calgary's manufacturing industry is excellent given the city's central location in the Western Canadian market and ready access to the Western United States and Pacific Rim.

Western Canada's Technology Capital

During the past 16 years ago, the annual output from Calgary's advanced technology sectors (information technology, telecommunications and life sciences) has quadrupled to more than $7 billion while employment has tripled to nearly 29,000 jobs. As of July 1997, Calgary was home to more than 1,100 high-tech companies, earning the city a reputation as an innovative North American centre for advanced technology.

Pillars of Calgary's high-tech community includes:

TELUS Corporation -- Canada's third largest telecommunications and information management company provides high quality digital communications services to homes and businesses in Alberta. TELUS has five subsidiaries (including TELUS Mobility, TELUS Advanced Communications and TELUS Advertising Services) headquartered in Calgary. One of the city's largest private sector employers -- with 3,100 local employees, TELUS is also one of the provinces largest

advanced technology companies. In July 1997, TELUS was ranked 20th in a Globe and Mail survey in of the country's top 50 research and development companies. In addition to its own direct R&D expenditures, TELUS is a key funding partner to a number of Calgary based enterprises including TR (Telecommunication Research) Labs, WURCNet (Western Universities Research Consortium Network) and Calgary Technologies Inc (CTI) through sponsorship of the CTI's INFOPORT™ chair. Reflecting its focus on youth and education, TELUS has provided funding to support the acquisition of high speed Internet connections to schools across Alberta and through its TELUS Telephone Pioneers has provided over 3000 computers for Alberta schools, including schools in Calgary.

Nortel (Northern Telecom Canada Limited) -- Calgary is Nortel's world centre for wireless production and research & development support. The company has three manufacturing plants in the city, the newest of which is the 270,000-square foot Westwinds Wireless System facility. The facility employs 2,750 people and produces $2 billion of wireless products annually for markets around the world.

Shaw Communications Inc. -- is a diversified Canadian communications company whose core business is providing broadband cable television, Internet and satellite direct-to-home ("DTH") services to approximately 2.9 million customers.

Shaw is traded on the Toronto and new York stock exchanges

(Symbol: TSX-SJR. B, NYSE-SJR)

Calgary's advanced technology community also includes:

a) Hughes Aircraft


c) Pelorus Navigational Systems Inc.

d) QC Data

e) Hewlett Packard

f) Smart Technologies

High Tech Infrastructure

Calgary's high tech industries are complemented and supported by a number of organizations, including:

The Alberta Research Council (Calgary office) specializes in information technologies including: development and improvement of software; application of advanced information technologies (particularly knowledge-based systems and health informatics); facilitation of implementing high-speed network capability in Alberta. ARC links high tech, scientific and engineering talent to potential customers and helps reduce the risks of developing products for markets.

Alberta Microelectronic Centre (AMC) is an Alberta corporation which develops superior microelectronic technologies (specifically design engineering, micro fabrication and thin film simulation software [SIMBAD]) for its clients' products and services.

TRLabs is an applied research consortium of more than 40 universities, industry and government partners. Its research program focuses on five strategic technologies: networks and systems; photonics; wireless communications; network access; and data networking and related software. TRLabs also provides student training at the graduate level for its sponsoring partners.

WurcNet is a Calgary-based consortium of researchers, governments, educational institutes and business partners which supports research and development in high performance networking and computing. WurcNet currently has more than 60 projects in areas such as health, education, business, telecommunications, earth resources and entertainment. As well, WurcNet provided a test bed network and leveraged existing resources for HPCnet (High Performance Computing Network) and C4 (Canadian Computational Collaboratory Committee). In 1997, WurcNet initiated the transformation of Wnet to Wnet II, the Alberta portion of Canada's next-generation Internet program CA*net II. University Technologies International Inc. is owned by the University of Calgary and provides services to develop, license, sell and/or commercialize intellectual property developed by industries and universities in a broad range of fields, including reproductive technology, mechanical engineering, resource extraction and bio-chemistry/biotechnology.

A Technologically Advanced Culture

The creation and success of Calgary's high technology industry can, in part, be credited to a large population of knowledge-based professionals and a "culture of use" environment. Calgarians are highly educated: more than 60% of the adult population has some post secondary education. Among Canadian cities, Calgary has the highest concentration of employees in science, engineering and mathematics, 44 per thousand population, compared to the national average of 22 per thousand population. The city's "culture of use" is reflected in its percentage of computer users; at 76% it rates as the highest in the country. Furthermore, Calgary has the highest Internet connectivity rate in North America at 67.4%.

Developing and Training Knowledge-Based Professionals

Calgary's post secondary institutions continually increase the concentration of knowledge-based professionals in Calgary. Calgary's primary post secondary institutions are committed to training, education and research, and focus on developing high quality, career-oriented graduates in a variety of high tech areas:

The University of Calgary has 16 faculties with more than 50 academic departments and major programs areas which serve 26,000 students. The U of C houses over 30 research institutes, centres and groups that investigate a wide variety of topics such as the Arctic, energy, the environment, petroleum engineering, software research and development, and transportation. The U of C ranks among the top 7 research universities in Canada. Revenues from sponsored research have more than doubled in the last 5 years to $172 million.

The U of C's Chair of Software Engineering is the first in Canada and is supported by the private and public sectors. The program's graduates are in high demand by the software application industry for software development and quality process.

The U of C Chair for Intelligent and Advanced Manufacturing Systems is supported by industry partners and the Government of Canada.

The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology provides relevant, skills-oriented, industry-focused education and training in business, trade and technology to close to 65,000 students at year, with a 96 per cent work placement rate. Alberta's premier polytechnical institute, SAIT has partnered with various industries to build Centres of Excellence in information technology, energy technology, manufacturing, and hospitality and tourism.

Mount Royal College offers wide spectrum of credit and credit-free programs and courses that meet the needs of a changing world. Areas of study include: 1) computer sciences, 2) environmental technology, 3) music, 4) communications, 5) aviation, 6) commerce, 7) education, and 8) science and business administration. Established in 1919, MRC has earned its place as a national leader in post-secondary education; the college serves more than 40,000 students each year.

The DeVry Institute of Technology offers educational programs in business and technology including specialized technical programs in digital circuits and devices, and microprocessor hardware and software.

Relocating to Calgary -- The First Step

Calgary Technologies Inc. (CTI) assists advanced technology companies and entrepreneurs in developing or expanding their operations in Calgary.

Established in 1981, CTI is a joint partnership of The City of Calgary, the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and the University of Calgary. Its mission is: to diversify Calgary's economy by attracting, growing and developing research and knowledge-intensive organizations which produce science and technology intensive products and services, and/or conduct research and development.

CTI fulfills its mission by assisting businesses and entrepreneurs by promoting Calgary's advantages, services, facilities, human resources,

lifestyle and infrastructure to individuals and corporations around the world; and providing support, services, facilities and information to high tech companies and organizations located in -- or interested in relocating to -- the Calgary area.

A non-profit organization, CTI has focused on three major economic sectors, expected to thrive in the 21st Century, which offer substantial investment and employment opportunities: information technology, life sciences and telecommunications.

By working collaboratively with its partners, various agencies, educational institutions and other levels of government, as well as with the private sector, CTI plays an important role in the diversification of Calgary's economy.

CTI assists businesses and entrepreneurs through the following programs:


INFOPORT™ is a bold, innovative vision (first articulated in The City of Calgary's 1988 long range plan "Calgary into the 21st Century, a Strategy for Economic Development") to make Calgary a world leader in the development, output, and use of information technology, products, and services.

The INFOPORT™ program, funded by TELUS Corp., focuses on six major business opportunities:

Wireless Technology -- Already Canada's capital of wireless technology, Calgary is home to major manufacturers such as NORTEL, Computing Devices Company and Hughes Aircraft Canada. In 1996, these and other Calgary companies (including WILAN, Harris and Cell-Loc) produced and sold more than $2.5 billion of wireless products.

Health Informatics -- CTI is working with major health care companies, agencies and organizations to facilitate the development of IT products and services for health care delivery and management.

IT Tools for Education and Training -- an emerging priority, CTI facilitates

the establishment of companies which supply IT products and services for education and training.

Data Warehousing and Data Mining -- working with industry, CTI is promoting Calgary as an archival site for large data bases such as the proposed Alberta Health Information Utility.

Electronic Commerce -- in another joint effort with industry, CTI contributes to the development of new products and applications in electronic commerce.

Semiconductor Fabrication -- Calgary its an ideal location for semiconductor manufacturing: it has a concentration of high tech industries, research and development and knowledgeable workers as well as low taxes; an established, conducive business climate; and access to abundant water and electricity.

Technology Enterprise Centre - Alastair Ross Technology Centre

CTI's Technology Enterprise Centre (TEC) is Canada's most successful small business incubator and ranks among the top six per cent of 450 similar incubators in North America. Since its launch in 1985, the TEC has assisted more than 250 start-up ventures (90 per cent of which operate today). In turn, these ventures have created more than 600 jobs. Today the TEC accommodates more than 80 enterprises; tenants are located in the CTI facilities at the University of Calgary Research Park.


The Technology Commercialization & Incubation Program (TCI) offers a comprehensive package of programs and services to help entrepreneurs build a viable company. TCI's three progressive programs CALGARY INNOVATION CENTRE.

FINANCING YOUR VISION and CONCEPT TO CAPITAL are designed to be taken in sequence. When combined with the facilities and services of the Alastair Ross Technology Centre, they provide:

- Mentoring and coaching

- Business development support services

- Incubation space with value-added services

- Reduced risk in the innovation and investment processes

- Assistance in sourcing capital

- Matching services to link investors with investees

- Networking and links with other programs and resources

TCIP is specifically for innovators, entrepreneurs, and start-up companies in biosciences, ICT, and engineering sciences. At any one time, 70 client companies are typically enrolled in various stages of the program. All programs and services are low-cost or free.


The Calgary Innovation Centre (CIC) focuses on developing technology commercialization opportunities and is the gateway to the Technology,

Commercialization and Incubation (TCI) program. Clients may access CIC at any time and at any stage of technology development. This flexible, on-demand program welcomes entrepreneurs, inventors, innovators, researchers and early start-ups to a three-staged evaluation process that helps put the core components of a viable company in place:

- just-in-time services for company creation

- catalyst to help foster technology development

- technology and business evaluation.

CIC helps entrepreneurs and start-up companies assess their business status and address key company creation issues. Participants progress through three increasingly formal evaluations, addressing topics such as:

- business form

- intellectual property

- business plan

- management and ownership

- research and development

- competitive and market analysis

- marketing strategy

- granting opportunities and - critical risks.

They learn how to make formal presentations and receive valuable feedback from outside experts and CTI professional staff. Participants may proceed to Financing Your Vision, or Concept to Capital, at any stage during this assessment process on the recommendation of the program administrator.


Getting the money part straight. Can't decide whether to go for seed or venture capital? Want to know how to do a private placement? Financing your vision is a two-day workshop offered throughout the year that addresses critical financial issues. It explores financing alternatives for start-up companies, offering the pros and cons of each, and helps clients determine the best growth and financing route to follow. Topics include: earnings-based growth, debt, equity, granting agencies, public offerings, and IPOs. Applicants must be referred by the Calgary Innovation Centre (CIC) program administrator in order to take the Financing Your Vision workshop. Participants graduate with a clear understanding of the financial options available to them. Upon completion of this workshop, companies who decide to pursue equity financing normally proceed to the Concept to Capital program. Participants who choose to pursue other financing options may continue to access CIC for ongoing consultation and coaching.


So you think you are investor-ready.

The Concept to Capital program (C2C) is specifically for start-up companies seeking early-stage venture capital financing. This 12-week, intensive, hands-on program is offered twice a year in the spring and fall. It provides a wide range of mentoring from a diverse group of professionals with the goal of helping a company become investor-ready. The multi-stage program begins with a two-day introductory seminar on refining a business plan. It culminates with three presentations, before industry experts, investment advisors and the third before a forum of early-stage investors. The program also includes: support and coaching from CTI professionals and industry experts; weekly seminars on key business topics; and classes on presentation skills. Participants graduate from this program with a winning business plan and a honed investor presentation. Fifty percent of C2C graduates have gone on to receive some form of financing after completing the program.

Applicants to the Concept to Capital program must: be focused on products rather than services; have a prototype available by the end of the C2C program; and be no more than six months away from first sales.

Research Parks

CTI markets two research parks. The 1,066-acre Research and Development Park located at Spy Hill in northwest Calgary is under development and awaits an anchor tenant. The University of Calgary Research Park is located on 125 contiguous acres immediately north of the University of Calgary's campus. Both parks offer controlled use and planned development. The U of C collaborates with tenants to facilitate research and transfer of technology.

Discovery Place One

Discovery Place One is CTI's 60,000-square foot multi-tenant building at University Research Park. It houses research-intensive tenants and a number of enterprises associated with the Technology Enterprise Centre as well as several organizations that provide technology support to industry such as Alberta Microelectronic Centre, TRLabs Wireless Laboratories, Alberta Research Council and National Research Council.

For further information about Calgary's advanced technology community and its business opportunities contact:

Calgary Technologies Inc., 100 Discovery Place One

3553 - 31 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2L 2K7, telephone: 403-284-6400, fax: 403-282-1238,, e-mail:

Retail Trade

Calgary is home to eight regional shopping centres, totaling approximately 5 million square feet. There are also 110 neighborhood, community, strip, and power centres, totaling approximately 9 million square feet. There are approximately 2 million square feet of retail space in the downtown core, with the largest centres being Bankers Hall, Calgary Eaton's Centre, Toronto Dominion Square, Scotia Centre and the Eau Claire Market.

Calgary's retail sector expansion can be attributed to high consumer demand evidenced by Calgary's changing demographics, strong population growth and strong retail sales figures.

In April, 2001 almost 60% of the city's population was within the 25-64 year old age group. This age group is the most economically active and stable segment of the city's population.

Calgary has consistently maintained strong retail sales. In 2001, Calgary accounted for $12.1 billion in retail sales, a 7 % increase over the previous year. The outlook for Calgary’s retail sector is expected to continue to be very positive. Calgary’s continued strong economic performance will continue to create new jobs that are expected to attract a large number of new migrants. The greatest increase in retail construction is underway in areas that are experiencing the strongest residential growth. Projects currently under construction include Tuscany Centre, Taradale Co-Op, Heritage Towne Centre, Garrison Woods and phases 3 & 4 of South Trail Crossing.

These projects, when completed, will add over 1 million square feet of prime retail space to Calgary’s inventory. In addition, there are 27 projects totaling over 4.4 million square feet in the planning or marketing stages.


The tourism industry in Calgary and Alberta represents a major opportunity for economic development. A range of businesses benefit from direct visitor sales.

In 2001, more than 4 million people visited Calgary and area and spent nearly $1 billion dollars. Visitor spending helps sustain an estimated 22,000 equivalent full-year direct and indirect jobs. Alberta remains the largest market for Calgary, followed by British Columbia, the United States, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and other parts of Canada and off-shore countries.

Tourism will provide numerous opportunities for all Calgarians in the years ahead. Tourism brings in new outside dollars, new construction, diverse community facilities, and numerous cultural events and festivals. A community that promotes amenities and offers high quality services designed to interest visitors is an attractive location for other industries and investors.

Safe and clean, Calgary is a cosmopolitan city nestled in the rolling foothills of the Canadian Rockies. Convention and meeting delegates or trade show participants can experience the excitement and diversity of big city life without the worry of big city problems. With the Canadian Rockies in the city's backyard, a world of outdoor adventure and pre and post-meeting opportunities also awaits delegates.

Calgary is an excellent location for conventions, meetings, trade and consumer shows. The city offers a downtown convention centre, extensive exhibit space at Stampede Park, and convention and meeting facilities in luxury hotels and at The University of Calgary. In 2001, Calgary attracted a total of 47 conventions with more than 41,850 delegates, in addition to numerous seminars, meetings and workshops. An additional 14 consumer and trade shows attracted

over 67,000 attendees.

In 1988, Calgary played host to one of the most successful Winter Olympic Games ever, leaving behind a legacy of goodwill, international recognition and world-class sporting facilities including Canada Olympic Park, the Pengrowth Saddledome and the Olympic Speed-skating Oval. Other international sports venues include the Talisman Sports & Aquatic Centre, a facility dedicated to the training of amateur athletes, and Spruce Meadows, North America's premier equestrian centre.

Professional sports franchises in the city include the National Hockey League Calgary Flames, the Canadian Football League Calgary Stampeders Football Club and the Calgary Hitmen Professional Lacrosse League.

Calgary is recognized worldwide for the annual Calgary Stampede, known as "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth". Annual festivals also include the Calgary Winter Festival, the Calgary International Children's Festival, the International Native Arts Festival, the Calgary Folk Festival and the Calgary International Jazz Festival.

Tourism Calgary coordinates the promotion of Calgary and area's visitor industry.

Tourism Calgary is a member-based association that markets Calgary and area as a preferred convention, corporate meeting, leisure travel and incentive travel destination.

Film Industry

Calgary is a major film industry centre for both Canadian and international feature film, television and commercial production. The diversity of spectacular locations including mountains, foothills, plains, prairies and badlands within an hour of the modern city skyline (Metropolis in Superman III) is the primary magnet. Experienced crew and talent, major supply houses, talent, no provincial sales tax, a favorable US exchange and long hours of sunshine help attract several features, made for television movies, corporate videos, educational videos and rock videos and commercials every year.

Some of the more prominent projects for Calgary are: Viper, Paramount television series; Bookworm, 20th Century Fox feature film; The Television Series, CBC's 'North of 60'; "Ebenezzer" a movie starring Jack Pallance (City Slickers); Major production of "Honey I Shrunk the Kid's" television series.

Recent commercials shot in the Calgary area include CO-OP, Ford, McDonalds, Columbia Sportswear, Marlborough, Honda Civic and Hyundai.

The Calgary Film Services Office markets and sells Calgary and area for filming. It offers direct contact and experienced location assistance to Producers, liaison with the City of Calgary Permits and Permissions office and advice on availability of crew, talent and service companies. In terms of revenue generated, Alberta attracted $150 million dollars in feature film, television and commercial production in 1996, of which $100 million dollars worth of activity was in the Calgary area.

Economic Facts

Industrial Real Estate Market

In 2002, the Calgary Industrial Real Estate market reported some of the lowest vacancy rates in Canada. Currently, less than 3.5% of Calgary’s almost 90 million square feet of industrial space is vacant. New inventory totaling over 1.7 million square feet was brought on stream in 2002, mostly for build to suit applications.

Logistics providers and distribution users will remain the prime tenants seeking space in 2003 as Calgary’s reputation as the distribution centre of Western Canada grows.

Examples of new industrial projects on the near horizon for 2003 include a national retailer currently negotiating a land acquisition for a Western Canadian distribution centre and a 1 million square foot distribution facility for Westfair Foods in northeast Calgary.

Office Market

Calgary’s inventory of office space currently stands at slightly over 33.5 million square feet of which almost 9% is vacant. Approximately half of this space is sublet space.

IBM completed their new building in 2002 and for 2003 new owner/user buildings are expected for the Vintage Square II project, Mission Commercial Centre and One Executive Place.

Calgary continues to have one of the strongest economies in Canada resulting in a very strong investment market. The total transaction volume for 2002 reached over $1.7 billion, with the number of transactions tapering off toward the end of the year due to a lack of investment opportunities.


The continued strength of Calgary’s economy is most obvious by reviewing the current state of Calgary’s housing market. The latest housing trends indicate very strong growth in the number of new dwelling units, declining vacancy rates and increasing ownership rates. The April 2002 City of Calgary Civic Census indicates that there are now over 360,000 dwelling units in the city with an increase in inventory of over 11,230 over the previous year. At the same time, the vacancy rate fell below 2.3%, with just slight more than 8000 dwelling units vacant. This is the lowest vacancy rate experienced in Calgary over the past 5 years.

Financial Institutions

The importance of Calgary as a financial centre was brought about as a result of the oil and agricultural industries in Southern Alberta. As the industry grew, so did the need the financial resources. This growth created a substantial capital market in Calgary resulting in chartered banks locating their western, regional (prairie provinces) and Alberta head offices in the city.

Multinational Banks in Calgary

Calgary's business community now enjoys the advantages of direct local access to the vast international money markets and services provided by 4 multinational banks located in:

Bank of America Canada Ltd. (U.S.A.)

Citibank Canada Corp. Ltd. (U.S.A.)

Credit Lyonnais Canada Ltd. (France)

HSBC (Hong Kong)

Calgary's Retail Banks

BANK (# of branches)

Royal Bank of Canada (34)

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (22)

Bank of Montreal (38)

Bank of Nova Scotia (38)

TD Canada Trust (25)

Canadian Western Bank (4)

Bank of Canada

Calgary is the location for the Bank of Canada in Alberta. It has long been the practice of the bank to locate in a province's financial centre. The Calgary office employs approximately 35 workers.

ATB Financial

ATB Financial (originally the Treasury Branches of Alberta) was set up by The Alberta Government in the 1930s to expand the scope of financial services to Albertans, particularly in rural areas. In Calgary, there are 24 Treasury Branches, a large divisional office, including a department for independent business and rural development, offering a complete range of banking services to the Calgary public.

Investment & Stock Brokers

With the burgeoning financial market in Calgary, many investment and stockbrokers have established offices here. Over 115 companies of a local, national and international nature are located in the city.

Trust Companies

Calgary has become an important regional centre for trust companies. There are now 46 branch offices representing local, regional and national trust companies.

Credit Unions

Calgary has 18 credit unions with 36 branches in the city. Calgary is also the site of Alberta's centralized Credit Union Processing Centre.

Mortgage Companies

While mortgaging is a service that is provided by most financial institutions as well as real estate and insurance companies, there are now over 80 such companies in Calgary that specialize in this business. Most of these firms cater to homeowners who generally do not qualify for mortgages through regular channels.

Insurance Companies

General Insurance Companies:

Over 125 general insurance companies maintain offices in Calgary. Some of these are quite large and maintain sufficient staff to provide extensive services to their agents and customers.

General Insurance Agents:

There are over 370 general insurance agencies in the city, ranging from small one owner operations to nation-wide brokerages employing a large staff and providing a complete range of insurance services.

Insurance Brokers and Adjusters:

Over 80 Insurance adjusters and 65 brokers have offices in Calgary. There is enough diversity in these services to accommodate any insurance need from home to life and business insurance.

Source: Calgary Electronic Corporate Directory, 2002.


Electrical Power

Alberta is the first province in Canada to deregulate its electricity industry. Alberta’s retail electricity market was deregulated effective January 1, 2001 to give Albertans increased choice of service providers, encourage construction of new sources of generation and reduce regulatory costs.

Retail Marketplace

Power generated in Alberta is sold through the Power Pool of Alberta, which is an open access competitive market for electricity. The Power Pool co-ordinates all electricity sales and purchases in the province, as well as all energy imports and exports, and real-time control of the provincial electricity grid.


About half of the electricity in Alberta is generated through coal-fired plants. Natural gas-fired plants account for about one-third, with the remainder produced by hydroelectric, biomass and wind-powered plants.


ENMAX Corporation is an electricity transmission, distribution and energy supply and services company that has served customers in the Calgary area for more than 95 years. ENMAX is a wholly owned subsidiary of The City of Calgary and provides electricity, natural gas and value-added services to more than 400,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Alberta through its subsidiary companies.

Today, ENMAX serves the energy needs of customers across the province. We’ve grown with the evolving competitive energy market, expanding to offer customers managed network services, natural gas and expertise in electronic communications.

ENMAX's vision is “Exceptional people reinventing the Canadian energy and services industry: the choice of customers and investors, every day.” This goal is pursued through three primary wholly owned subsidiaries:

ENMAX Energy Corporation (ENMAX Energy) provides electricity and natural gas to residential and business customers across Alberta.

ENMAX Power Corporation (ENMAX Power) delivers electricity to homes and businesses in Calgary and some surrounding areas. We own, operate and maintain the regulated power delivery system (transmission and distribution).

ENMAX Encompass Inc. (ENMAX Encompass) provides billing and customer service for ENMAX and several Alberta municipalities. This service is provided through a call centre, billing group and adjustment services team.


In 1998, ENMAX launched Greenmax, the first program of its kind in Canada designed to provide customers the opportunity to support renewable wind-generated power. Greenmax has been certified as an EcoLogo green power source under Environment Canada’s Environmental Choice program. This designation is only granted to green power sources that have superior performance and meet, or exceed all government, industrial safety and performance standards.

Since the program’s launch, Greenmax has had the same positive environmental impact as the CO2 absorbed by almost 25 million trees. ENMAX is increasing its commitment to the environment through our wind power investment in McBride Lake Wind Farm, south of Fort Macleod. The 114 wind turbines will generate enough energy to power 32,500 homes annually and will be the largest wind farm in Canada.

Natural Gas


All gas requirements can be met in Calgary even during maximum use periods. In addition to the city's supply of gas from nearby wells and pipelines, the system is boosted by storage fields that are re-pressured in off-peak periods for use during periods of heavy demand.


Canadian Western Natural Gas Company Limited, Head Office, 909 - 11 Avenue, S.W., Calgary, AB T2R 1L8 (Phone: 403-245-7110).


In 1996, the Company served more then in 115 communities in Southern Alberta including Calgary. The following are the customer year end figures for 1996:

Residential - 326,500

Commercial - 29,200

Industrial & Other - 300

Total - 356,000

Source: Canadian Western Natural Gas, June 1997

Streets and Roads

Efficient and ready access to different parts of the city, for people, goods and services, is a must if the city is to remain viable for business and the daily living requirements of its citizens. Capital expenditures by the City on streets and roads during 1995 amounted to $41.9 million compared to $43.8 million in 1996.

The following expenditures were made in 1996:

Street Repairs & Maintenance - $10,926

Asphalt Surface Overlay - $5,289

Snow and Ice Control - $15,926

Street Cleaning - $5,087

Total - $36,994

Source: City of Calgary Engineering Division, 1996 Annual Report.

Street cleaning consists of two major operations: spring cleaning to remove the dirt and sand dumped on city streets during the winter, and summer cleaning to sweep and flush streets.

Water System

The City of Calgary water system is operated as a self supported public utility as defined in the Municipal Government Act. It is owned by the City and operated by the Waterworks Division within the City Engineering and Environmental Services Department. Consumers are assured of a continuous, safe supply of water which meets public health standards, is aesthetically acceptable, adequate in volume and pressure and operated in a cost effective manner with the latest technological developments. Calgary receives its water supply from the Bow and Elbow Rivers, which run through the city. The supply is regulated in compliance with the Provincial Water Resources Act, the Clean Water Act and other provincial regulations. The City is licensed to divert water from the Bow and Elbow Rivers to operate the Bearspaw and the Glenmore Water Treatment Plants.

In 1984, the expansion of the Bearspaw Water Treatment Plant was completed. This $85 million expansion increased the Bearspaw plant's water treatment capacity to 730 megalitres per day. The combined rated capacity of the Bearspaw and Glenmore Water Treatment Plants is 1,370 megalitres per day. A megalitre is equal to one million litres.

The Waterworks Division is responsible for the planning, design, operation and maintenance of the water system. The Division is organized into Administration, Finance and Accounting, Engineering, Production, Transmission and Distribution sections.

The City will supply water to any consumer within the city situated along a water main.

The water supply capacity is increased as required to meet demands, subject to funding approval by Council. Subject to Council approval and the execution of a legal agreement, The City may, upon request, supply potable water outside the city limits.

The quality of water produced in Calgary is excellent. It is continuously sampled and tested to ensure it meets the "Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality, 5th Edition, 1993" issued by authority of the Minister of National Health and Welfare. A "License to Operate" issued by the Provincial Department of the Environment regulates the chemical, physical and microbiological characteristics of the water.

With a difference in elevation of 274 metres across the city, the water is boosted several times from the water treatment plants located near each river. In some areas, pressure reduced zones are necessary. There are, at present, 14 major pressure zones, 39 pump stations and 17 underground treated water storage reservoirs.

The following is a statistical summary of the water system in Calgary:

Length of water main (km) - 3,647 Total Number of Services - 231,869 No. Of Valves - 47,709 No. Of Hydrants (city owned)- 11,058

Maximum Day Demand (megalitres)- 814 Average Day Demand (megalitres)- 443 Maximum Elevation Difference across city (metres)- 274 No. Of Pressure Zones – 14 No. Of Pump Stations - 39

No. Of Treated Water Underground Reservoirs – 17 Treated Water Storage Capacity (megalitres)- 578

In 1996, total revenues were 117 million; operating expenditures were 83.9 million.

The City of Calgary, Water and Sanitary Sewer Rates, January 1, 1997

All rates are based on monthly billing Residential Flat Rates

Flat Water Rate - Single Family Dwelling $2.7591 per thousand square feet of actual lot area, plus $8.6041 per thousand square feet of Gross Building Area (the sum of the total floor areas of the dwelling unit including basement, main and upper floors; excluded areas: garage, swimming pool and greenhouse).


Each unit of a duplex will be charged 50% of the "Single Family Dwelling" rate as applied to the total property.

New Homes Not Yet Assessed Will be charged $8.277 per thousand square feet of lot area.

Minimum Monthly Charge $20.81

Sanitary Sewer Charge Calculated as 65.70% of the water bill.

Residential Metered Rates - Metered Water Rate

General Use - Service Charge of $8.43 plus $0.7545 per cubic metre.

Irrigation Use - Service Charge of $8.43 plus $1.2295 per cubic metre.

Sanitary Sewer Charge Calculated as 69.00% of the water bill (excluding irrigation charges).

General Service Metered Rates

Metered Water Rate General Use Service Charge of $18.57 plus consumption charge:

First 100 cubic metres - $0.9184 per cubic metre

Next 900 cubic metres - $0.5409 per cubic metre

Over 1,000 cubic metres - $0.3922 per cubic metre

Irrigation Use Service Charge of $18.57 plus consumption charge:

First 100 cubic metres - $1.3432 per cubic metre

Next 900 cubic metres - $0.7911 per cubic metre

Over 1,000 cubic metres - $0.5736 per cubic metre

Sanitary Sewer Charge Calculated as 71.59% of the water bill (excluding irrigation charges).

Outside City Metered Rates- Metered Water Rate

All Uses - Service Charge of $134.92 plus $0.2390 per cubic metre.

Metered Sanitary Sewer Rate All uses - Service Charge of $10.66 plus $0.4168 per cubic metre.

Sewer System

The City of Calgary's Sewer Division has responsibilities in three areas: 1) The sanitary sewer collection and treatment system which is operated as a self supporting utility; 2) The storm sewer system which is mill rate supported; and 3) River management which includes bank improvement and flood control measures.

Sanitary Sewer System

The Bonnybrook Wastewater Treatment Plant has an average design capacity of 500,000 cubic meters per day. It provides tertiary treatment using an enhanced biological process for nitrogen and phosphorous removal. Disinfection is achieved through ultra violet radiation.

The Fish Creek Plant has an average design capacity of 72,700 cubic meters per day and provides tertiary treatment for phosphorous removal and ultra violet disinfection.

The City disposes of its sludge from the two treatment plants by applying it to agricultural land using subsurface injection. The sludge has excellent slow release fertilizer properties and is a good soil conditioner. On a dry weight basis it contains approximately 4.5% nitrogen, 3.5% phosphorous and 0.35% potassium.

The discharge of sewage to the sanitary sewer system is regulated under the sewer service bylaw. An industrial testing group monitors for prohibited materials and above normal strength sewage. For the latter a surcharge is imposed.

1996 Year Estimated Average Population - 780,000

Total Wastewater Flow - 154,875,586 m³

Average Daily Flow - 423,207 m³/d

Total Operating Cost - $13,735,000

Cost per 1000 m³ Treated - $88.67

Cost per Person per Year - $17.91

Average Flow - 552 L/person/d

Source: City of Calgary Sewer Division, June 1997.


Storm drainage is a complete stormwater management system consisting of collection, flood control impoundments, treatment and water quality analysis. There are 2665 km of mains, 19 wet ponds, 39 dry ponds and 2 wetlands.

Garbage and Litter Control


Commercial sanitary garbage is collected by City crews, private contractors or company-owned vehicles. Commercial collection is available on contract from the City Solid Waste Services or through private contractors. Three sanitary landfill sites provide for the disposal of all wastes. The East Calgary landfill site incorporates a hazardous waste compound facilitating the temporary storage and subsequent shipment of household hazardous wastes generated within and around Calgary. This landfill site also incorporates and industrial waste disposal operation.


The City is responsible for all residential garbage collection from single-family, condominiums and fourplexes. Anti-litter campaigns are periodically conducted and anti-litter bylaws enforced to help keep Calgary clean.


The City operates a network of public "drop-off" centres throughout Calgary. Residents may deliver newspaper, mixed paper, corrugated cardboard, magazines, glass and metal to these sites for recycling. The Solid Waste Services Division also operates fall leaf collection and composting programs as well as Christmas Tree collection and mulching operations.


Alberta has one of the lowest tax rates in Canada and is the only province which does not have a retail sales tax. All businesses in The City of Calgary are assessed for business taxation. Business tax is calculated based on the average rental value of the premises occupied by the business, multiplied by the tax rate set by City Council each year. Business assessments do not reflect profitability or specific types of business.

If the owner of the property occupies the premises for the purposes of conducting a business, the owner is responsible for both the property tax and the business tax. If a business opens or occupies new premises, increases floor space or opens a new branch of an existing business during the course of a year, a supplementary assessment notice and tax bill will be issued, for the portion of the year remaining until December 31.

Business taxes may be paid in monthly installments through automatic bank withdrawals. To apply for the BUSINESS TAX INSTALLMENT PAYMENT PLAN (BTIPP), call (403) 268-4632.

For further information about business assessment and taxation in Calgary, please Contact: Business Tax Section, the City of Calgary, 800 Macleod Trail S.E., P.O. Box 2405, Station "M" Calgary AB, T2P 3L9 Phone: (403) 234-7480 Fax: (403) 268-1564.

Information on taxation is also available at


Calgary, unlike many other cities, has an excellent freight and passenger transportation infrastructure designed to provide ready access to markets for raw materials, processed goods and technical personnel in North America and abroad.

The city is ideally located on the TransCanada and the #2 Highways, providing efficient access to east/west and north/south markets respectively. In addition to highway transportation, both CP Rail and Canadian National Railways serve the city. There is also an inland marine container terminal located in Calgary. Calgary International Airport is the fourth busiest in Canada.

The city's industrial parks are well serviced by extensive truck transportation routes and rail spur lines. They are also well situated within close proximity to the airport, intermodal facilities, public transit and major highways. Calgary is centrally located within the Western Canadian Residential/Farmland Non-Residential 2003 Municipal Tax Rate 4.1318 14.4991

Education - Alberta School Foundation Fund Tax

Rate 4.3048 7.2751 Education Opted Out Tax Rate Allowance For Non-Collection of Requisitioned Taxes

Seniors Lodge Accommodation Tax Rate market with the lowest cumulative miles between major centres in Western Canada.

Air Services

The Calgary International Airport is an economic engine pumping literally billions of dollars of economic activity into the provincial economy, predominantly within the greater Calgary region. The airport is responsible for providing over 46,000 full-time jobs and contributes approximately $3.75 billion to Calgary’s GDP.

Calgary International Airport operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and serves close to eight million passengers annually with more scheduled flights per capita than any other city in Canada. One hundred and eighty daily nonstop flights connect Calgary to the world. U.S. destinations include Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kalispell, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, Spokane and Phoenix. Two top European hubs connect to Calgary non-stop, London (UK) and Frankfurt. Numerous seasonal destinations include Amsterdam, Zurich, Honolulu, Puerto Vallarta, Varadero, Punta Canada, Acapulco and many others. In addition, seasonal leisure destination charter flights, and corporate aircraft are available. Full air cargo services operate frequently including Boeing 747-400 flights with Cargolux direct to Luxembourg.

Source: Calgary Airport Authority, 2001 Annual Report and 2001 Economic Impact of the Calgary International Airport.

The Calgary Airport Authority is actively working to attract additional routes and services worldwide. In the 10 years since The Calgary International Airport was transferred to The Calgary Airport Authority many service and facility improvements have taken place. A new 11

gate concourse with unique retail and a food court, expanded US preclearance and Canada Customs facilities, new and improved restaurant and retail services (including a true street pricing policy), expanded facilities for group/bus travel, newly renovated arrivals level, improved commuter connection facilities, family and entertainment facilities and beautiful displays throughout the terminal are just a few components of the on-going plan to have our airport keep pace with Calgary's business and tourism growth.

Over 100 volunteer "White Hat Hosts" make themselves available at the airport to welcome visitors and assist travelers. From an official "White Hat Welcome Ceremony" in the White Hat Reception Lounge to helping a traveler find their way; the Calgary International Airport White Hat Hosts leave a lasting impression of Calgary's hospitality to both visitors and residents alike.

Calgary's growth as an inter-modal hub airport is enhanced by the many on and offairport land development opportunities. Both serviced and un-serviced land is available. Full scheduled and charter air cargo services are available to meet Calgary's manufacturing and distribution needs. Calgary's Foreign Trade Zone facility is located just off-airport and is available to take full advantage of Canada's sufferance relief regulations.

Calgary International Airport - Quick Facts

- Gateway to Banff and the Canadian Rockies

- Open 24 hrs

- Full Canada Customs services available 24 hrs for commercial and corporate aircraft

- U.S. Customs & Immigration Pre Clearance

- Three Precision Approach Runways (Runway 16/34 longest civil aviation runway in Canada)

- Rarely disruption to flight schedules due to weather

- Total Land Area - 2,052 hectares

- Foreign Trade Zone facility near airport

- Close to 8 million passengers per year

- 223,000 aircraft movements in 2002

- full cargo, maintenance, flight training, corporate aircraft handling services

Canada's two largest scheduled airlines, Westjet and Air Canada, use Calgary as a major hub for their operations. Calgary presently has 34 commercial airlines offering scheduled and charter passenger services, along with their code share partners, to 94 destinations throughout North America, Mexico and Europe.

Helicopter Services

There are a number of companies providing a complete line of helicopter services out of Calgary. A downtown heliport provides helicopter landing facilities for Calgary's Central Business district.

Springbank Airport

To improve air safety and ease air traffic congestion at the Calgary International Airport, Transport Canada built a satellite airport at Springbank, ten kilometers west of the city limits north of the Trans Canada Highway. The Springbank Airport has two asphalt runways at an elevation of 1,200 metres (3,937'). The first runway 16-34 (N/S) is 914.4 metres long by 22.9 metres wide (3,000' x 75').

The second runway 07-25 (E/W) is 1,036.6 metres long by 30.5 metres wide (3,400' x 100').

Additional facilities consist of an air traffic control tower, an emergency response center (which will become operational June 2003), hangers and aircraft parking, servicing for light aircraft, aviation fuel, several flight training schools both fixed and rotary wing, car rental, an onsite restaurant, and public facilities. Nav Canada opened a new $5.5 million control tower in 2001. Control tower hours of operation are 07:00 to 23:00 local time.


Freight Services

In Calgary, Canadian Pacific Railway and Canadian National (CN) provide a complete package of freight services to anywhere in the world. The main service railway tracks to Foothills and East Calgary industrial areas in southeast Calgary are operated by both Canadian Pacific Railway and CN by virtue of the 1961 tri-party agreement between Canadian Pacific Railway, CN and the City. The other industrial areas are served by the connecting railway.

Intermodal Services

Canadian National and Canadian Pacific provides Intermodal services for both Domestic and Overseas containers. Intermodal service is competitive, in terms of both pricing and transit, to shipments that are moved by truck. Intermodal provides a viable form of transportation for a full range of products, including those that require “perishable protective service”. An extensive fleet of containers and chassis are available for shipment of goods from Calgary to various points across Canada, the northeastern U.S. or, through our “Superior Connection”, to Chicago and other destinations overseas. For further information contact Canadian National at 1-800-601-7630; Fax: 1-800-311-1718.

Passenger Service

The Great Canadian Railtour Company, operators of the Rocky Mountaineer Railtour offers two-day, all daylight railtours between Calgary and Vancouver. Regular scheduled departures operate between May and October. The tour can be combined with a variety of Independent Package tours or customized for Group Travel. For information call 1-800- 665-7245; Fax: (604) 606-7250.

Truck Transport

Calgary has become the distribution centre for western Canada. Much of this is due to the excellent road system which enables the trucking industry to move goods and services into and around the city.

Calgary is a head office city and this applies to the trucking industry. The largest bulk carrier in North America as well as major less-than-truckload and truckload carriers are headquartered in Calgary. Those trucking firms without head offices here have large distribution terminals in Calgary. The head offices for major retail and distribution companies such as Wal-Mart, WestFair Foods, Canada Safeway, and Shoppers Drug Mart, are in Calgary. This is due, to a large extent, to the availability of trucking firms of all sizes to move their products anywhere on the continent. Trucking is a highly specialized industry and in Calgary there are trucking firms which provide a complete range of highly competitive services. Calgary has hundreds of trucking firms ranging form the single-unit privately-owned companies to giant international carriers. In addition, there are hundreds of U.S. and Canadian carriers coming into Calgary providing efficient and economical transportation to any point on the continent.

During the last 30 years the City has developed a world renowned system of truck and dangerous goods routes which fulfils the needs of both commercial and non-commercial vehicles. Joint participation by the City and the trucking industry as represented by the Alberta Trucking Association has resulted in a road system that will meet the needs of the trucking industry well into the next century.

Transit Service


City-wide passenger bus and light rail (C-Train) transit service is provided by Calgary Transit. In 2001, Calgary Transit had:

Bus Routes – 171 Buses – 773 Low Floor Buses – 294 Community shuttle (One Accessible)- 83 Bus Kilometers (annual) - 31,686,500

Light Rail Vehicles – 85 Light Rail Trackage (km)- 29.3 Train Kilometers (annual)- 2,931,100 Total Annual Revenue Passengers - 76.1 million Total Annual Boarding Passengers - 111.5 million

Source: Calgary Transit, Jan 2002.

The city has three light rail (C-Train) lines, one in the south, one in the northeast and one in the northwest which provide rapid transit to most parts of the city and downtown core.

Long Distance Bus Transportation

Regularly scheduled services are provided to most points in Alberta, Canada and the rest of North America by Greyhound Lines of Canada Ltd. Additional services are provided by Pacific Western Transportation Ltd. Both companies are headquartered in Calgary. Currently, Brewster Transport and Pacific Western Transport offer regular and charter bus services from Calgary International Airport to Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Red Deer, and Edmonton, Alberta.


Most of Calgary's warehouse capacity is in approximately 2,500 buildings located in the city's industrial areas. These warehouses are provided with rail trackage and/ or excellent road connections to the airport and the north / south and east/ west highways leading in and out of the city.

Currencies International Foreign Exchange Services offers foreign denominated drafts and wires in over 40 different currencies. They can also supply foreign cash (in 120 foreign currencies) or American Express Travelers Cheques for any corporate or personal travel. They offer a complete corporate foreign exchange service at competitive rates or exchange.

For further information call Currencies International at tel: (403) 290-0330, Fax: (403) 263-3693.

Customs Services

Customs Border Service and Trade Administration Services both have offices in Calgary. Trade Administration Services office is located at the Harry Hays Building, 220 - 4 Avenue S.E. All general questions concerning Customs procedures, exemption, etc. can be directed to the Automated Customs Information Service at (403) 292-8750. Specific questions pertaining to Custom Tariff can be directed to (403) 292-4667.

The District Office of Customs Border Service is located at Bay 32, 3033 – 34 Avenue N.E. and is responsible for commercial operations, the international mail operation at the Calgary Mail Processing Plant and the international traffic operation at the Calgary International Airport. Enquiries pertaining to the commercial and international mail operations should be directed to (403) 292-4613. Enquiries pertaining to the international traffic operation at the Calgary International Airport should be directed to the Chief, International Traffic Operations at 292-8754. Service at the commercial office is provided from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays, while service at the Calgary International Airport is provided on a

twenty-four hour basis.

Sufferance Warehousing

Sufferance warehouses are used by transportation companies, importers and brokers to store imported goods until they are released by Canada Customs. In Calgary, there are over 48 sufferance warehouses, in addition to a public highway sufferance warehouse operated by Canadian Freight ways Ltd. on Blackfoot Trail and 42 Avenue, SE. Though Customs staff are not assigned to any of the sufferance warehouses, service is provided by the Calgary Customs

Office as required.

Customs Brokers

There are a over 20 Customs Brokers in Calgary who provide a wide range of services to individuals and companies involved in the import and export of goods.

Community Lifestyle

Located one hour from the majestic Rocky Mountains, Calgary offers its citizens unlimited recreational opportunities. Within an hour from Calgary, you can ski the Olympic mountain (Mount Allan), fish in one of the finest trout rivers in North America (the Bow River), hike the trails and mountains of Kananaskis or Banff National Park and golf in some of the country's most beautiful and challenging golf courses (Kananaskis and Banff). However, you need not leave the city to enjoy leisure activities. There are many natural park areas to relax in. One such area is Fish Creek Provincial Park, rich in wildlife and natural beauty. With more than 550km of pathways and 260km of street bikeways, the City of Calgary boasts the most extensive urban pathway network in North America.

For the more sporting folk, Calgary has a multitude of recreational facilities, such as ice hockey arenas, swimming pools, golf courses, yachting clubs, ball diamonds and many more.

Though Calgary is known for its outdoor pursuits, the city is also developing into a major cultural centre. The Centre for Performing Arts houses the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and numerous theatrical troupes. As well other smaller music and theatrical companies have decided to make Calgary their home, and for those who enjoy viewing art and artifacts, the Glenbow Museum and the Nickel Arts Museum are but two of the many museums in the city.


Calgary has opportunities for sports enthusiasts in every conceivable sport, from the arm chair athlete to the professional. Calgary has sports facilities that are just as diverse. Listed below is an inventory of many of the major sport and fitness opportunities in Calgary.

Calgary Stampeders

The Stampeders, Grey Cup Champions for 1993, have been playing in the Canadian Football League since 1945. They play to over 300,000 fans annually at McMahon Stadium.

Calgary Roughnecks

The Calgary Roughnecks are halfway through their second season as a member of the National Lacrosse League, a professional circuit that plays throughout North America.

The game features the best players on the continent, and is played in a style that is fast, hard-hitting, and high-scoring. The club plays at the Pengrowth Saddledome during the winter.

Calgary Flames

The Flames are a professional hockey team in the National Hockey League. Their home games are played at the Pengrowth Saddledome. They have played to sold out crowds since their arrival in Calgary. The Calgary Flames were the 1989 Stanley Cup Champions.

Calgary Hitmen

The Hitmen are a AAA Hockey team in the Western Hockey League (WHL). They are a new and welcomed addition to Calgary’s sport scene. The Hitmen are in part owned by some “bigger” names from the world of sports such as, Thereon Fleury, Joe Sakic, and Bret “the Hitman” Heart.

Canadian Olympic Hockey Team

This national organization is based at the Father David Bauer Arena. During the year they play International Hockey and their goal is to produce a medal winning Olympic hockey team every four years for the Winter Olympics.

Stampede Race Track

Located at Stampede Park the race track hosts both thoroughbred (fall/spring) and harness (winter/summer) racing year round. It is also the home of the Nat Christie Memorial and the Alberta Derby.

Spruce Meadows

This equestrian show jumping centre is recognized as one of the top equestrian facilities in the world. The Centre also maintains excellent training and breeding facilities. Spruce Meadows hosts several major tournaments each year ranging from local to international events.

The Talisman Centre for Sport & Wellness

The Talisman Centre for Sport & Wellness is a multi-sport facility created to provide competitive athletes with a high-performance training facility. It is also used to host international swimming events in the city. The facility also houses a running/walking track, gymnasiums, fitness equipment, and a sports medicine facility.

Olympic Speed Skating Oval

This is the world's first fully enclosed 400 metre Olympic speed skating oval. It was built to host the speed skating events at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Located at the University of Calgary it is the home of the National Speed Skating Team.

Glenmore Reservoir

The reservoir is a 429 hectare reservoir lake boasting two yacht clubs and the largest inland sailing school in North America. International standard training in rowing and canoeing is available. The clubhouse on the lake has indoor practice tanks for winter training.

Golf Courses

Calgary boasts one of the highest golf course to population ratios in the world. The following lists the number of golf courses in the city and within 30 km of the city.

8 municipal (99 holes)

11 semi-private (191 holes)

5 public (99 holes)

4 private (81 holes)

In addition there are several par 3 courses and driving ranges. The average weekend rates for 18 holes of golf start at $22.

Canada Olympic Park

This winter ski and sport facility was built for the 1988 Olympic Games. It includes 70 and 90 metre ski jumps, a bobsled track, a luge track and a ski hill. Also housed at this facility are the Olympic Training Centre, where other Olympic teams can stay during training visits, the Olympic Hall of Fame, and the Olympic Visitors Centre. The ski hill attracts an average of over 2,000 skiers daily during the winter months. During the summer the park remains open for visitors and dry land training.

Race City Speed Way

This is one of the most modern and unique motor-sport facilities in North America. It has three paved tracks which include: a 1/2 mile high-banked oval for stock car racing; a 1/4 mile NHRA Drag strip; and a two mile Formula Shell Road course for sports car and motorcycle racing.

Indoor Wave Pool Leisure Complexes

Three of these complexes are housed in the city. They all have large wave pools and water slides. They also contain climbing walls, racquet courts, gymnasiums, art centres, fitness equipment and skating/hockey rinks. Other fitness and recreation facilities in the city include the following:

550 km (176 mi) walking and cycling paths

60 km (37 mi) cross country ski trails

58 fitness facilities

226 tennis courts (several enclosed and winterized)

120 sheets of curling ice

270 racquet sport courts

17 billiard halls

10 bowling facilities

321 ball diamonds

298 soccer fields

12 indoor swimming pools

8 outdoor swimming pools

10 wading pools (outdoor/indoor)

47 arenas

190 outdoor rinks

674 playgrounds

2600 Parks

skate park

cycle race track

Source: Calgary Parks and Recreation.

Other recreational facilities include: water slide complexes, go-kart

circuits, horseback riding, martial arts studios, war games facilities,

indoor climbing centers, and many others.

Park Areas

Calgary houses 2 major natural park spaces. Fish Creek Provincial Park is 1,153 hectares (2,800 acres) of natural woodland area. There is a man-made lake with a beach and many trails and pathways for hiking and biking. Nose Hill Park is 1,128 hectares (2,786 acres) of natural grassland area. This hill is a favorite hiking area that offers a great view of the city. There are 27 other major parks in the city totaling 8500 hectares. They offer access to rivers, picnic areas, playgrounds and other recreation facilities. Each community in the city also has smaller designated green areas for parks and playgrounds.

For more information regarding Calgary Parks and Recreation Centres you can contact the City of Calgary Parks and Recreation Department. They are located at 205 8 Avenue SE, or you may contact them by telephone at (403) 268-3888.


Calgary Tower

This 190 metre tall tower is the best place to get a bird's eye view of the city. It houses an observation lounge as well as a fully rotating dining centre.

Calgary Zoo, Botanical Gardens and Prehistoric Park

Travel back in time and visit the prehistoric park where you can view life-size dinosaurs as they were in their natural setting. Or walk amid a

tropical forest with exotic birds in the Botanical gardens. The Calgary Zoo is world-renowned and features many rare and endangered species in natural habitat settings.

Fort Calgary

This is the original site of Fort Calgary, a North West Mounted Police post built in 1875 when the Mounties first arrived in the west. An interpretive centre recounts the history of Calgary and the region. Presently an archaeological dig is taking place on the site.

Heritage Park

A fully functional turn of the century town has been recreated complete with working shops. There is a fully operational steam train and paddle wheeler which takes tours of the Glenmore Reservoir. Old fashioned fall fairs and picnics among the antique fair rides are common in the park.

Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

This sanctuary occupies 32 hectares (80 acres) of riverside land and was established in 1929. Its walking paths are open year-round. Approximately 266 species have been sighted in the park.


Calgary Stampede

Billed as the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" the Calgary Stampede runs every summer in July. The half million dollar rodeo and World Chuck-wagon Championship races run daily. The Stampede also has a nightly stage show as well as many free entertainment opportunities. The midway and frontier casino offer a different type of entertainment. There are also many agricultural, handicraft and product exhibits throughout the park.

Winter Festival

In a tribute to the winter season, Calgary has a festival each year with many winter activities to be enjoyed by the whole family. A large snow fortress, dog races and many other activities keep everyone entertained.

Children's Festival

Held each spring, this event is becoming more popular as the years pass. This festival is especially for the little folk with many children's performers gathering in the city. There are many free outdoor activities as well as the scheduled children's shows to participate in.

Spruce Meadows Masters Tournament

Held each September, this international show jumping competition attracts people from around the world. Also at this tournament is an equestrian exhibition featuring breeds of the world and a festival of nations featuring countries from around the world.

Along with these major events, Calgary hosts many other festivals and events featuring music, theatre, and art to name a few.


Epcor Centre for Performing Arts

This centre is home to the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra which plays in a 1,800 seat concert hall. There are three theatres which are home to Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects and One Yellow Rabbit theatre troupes. Plays and musical performances run year round with a great variety to choose from.

Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre

This new cultural centre is patterned after the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. The centre houses a museum and gallery devoted to an historical overview of Chinese culture. The Chinese community uses this centre for many celebrations and exhibitions of Chinese culture.

Calgary Science Centre

Travel to other worlds in Discovery Dome and have some hands-on fun with the interactive exhibits, visual arts and photography displays, wildly animated live science theatre and delightful science demos will treat visitors to an experience of a lifetime. The Centre is wheelchair accessible and free parking is available.

Calgary Opera Association

Dedicated to bringing quality opera to Calgary, this Association puts on productions year round. Each season they produce new and exciting performances.


The Glenbow Museum houses permanent displays that document the history of Western Canada. There are also visiting exhibitions throughout the year. The Museum of the Regiments was opened in 1990 and is the largest military museum in Western Canada. The Nickel Arts museum has a permanent collection of coins of the ancient world as well as three galleries for contemporary and classic works. The Olympic Hall of Fame is the world’s largest sports museum and is

dedicated to Canadian Winter Olympians. The city has many other quality museums for historians and art lovers alike.

Churches and Religious Organizations

The religious community in Calgary is very active. There are over 300 religious organizations and over 550 churches and chapels. This broad range of religious affiliations highlights the diversity of communities in Calgary.

Clubs, Associations and Societies

Calgary has a broad base of organized clubs, associations and societies. Professional and business organizations total approximately 130. They represent a large component of the technical and energy related professions but also include organizations from almost every business sector. Trade, industry and labour organizations total over 80 and represent all the trades. With Calgary's strong spirit of volunteerism it is no surprise that there are over 130 charitable organizations located in the city. Calgarians always promote charity and good will and these organizations flourish in this environment.

The largest group of clubs, associations and societies are of a civic or social nature. They total over 400. Calgarians love to socialize and have strong community spirit. There is something for everyone including sports, art, community, social, ethnic and many other organizations.


Calgary has the highest percentage of post-secondary educated citizens (over 62%) among major metropolitan centres in Canada. Calgarians clearly value education and believe that a close relationship between post secondary institutions is vital to the quality of the community. The labour force must be able to adapt and change with Calgary's dynamic economy. As a result, continuing education programs are very important. These programs enable Calgarians to meet the needs of the changing market. This is a challenge which has been met by Calgary's post secondary institutions. The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) alone has over 38,500 currently enrolled. Calgarians realize that in a competitive labour market, education is a necessity. This realization has helped the University of Calgary grow from a small facility to one of the major universities in Canada, with a current enrollment of approximately 26,000 students. The level of education among the population in Calgary has increased over the last ten years by 1.4 percentage points.

Several institutions, such as Mount Royal College and the Alberta College of Art, have a significant relationship with Calgary's business community. They not only supply the business community with graduates to work in various industries, but also work with the community on various projects. The education and business communities of Calgary are not mutually exclusive but rather are dependent upon each other for success. Calgary has an extensive public education system, comprised of the Calgary Board of Education, the second largest public school system in Canada, and the Calgary Catholic Board of Education. Both systems are more commonly referred to as the public and separate schools boards. The public school system has enrolled 100 000 students in a total of 215 schools, while the Catholic school district has an enrollment of 50 000 students in 96 schools. Both systems offer a variety of alternative programs including language, sport, fine art, and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.

Post Secondary Education

The University of Calgary

The University of Calgary has emerged in the 1990s as a leading Canadian university. With a student population of over 26,000, the university is a major research centre which attracts the best scholars and pre-eminent academic staff. Research funding amounts to more than $172 million annually. The university is located in northwest Calgary on a 125-hectare site. Its medical faculty is located in the Health Sciences Centre at the Foothills Medical Complex. A research park just north of the main campus is home to several industrial research facilities while specialized facilities have been developed off-campus for research into the environment, marine biology, astronomy and Arctic research. More than 11% of the student body is pursuing masters and doctoral degrees at the graduate level. Students doing undergraduate or professional study can choose from a variety of disciplines offered in 16 faculties: Continuing Education, Education, Engineering, Environmental Design, Fine Arts, General Studies, Graduate Studies, Humanities, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, Physical Education, Science, Social Sciences and Social Work. Calgarians are avidly interested in continuing and non-credit education. Each year more than 23,000 register for courses offered by the Faculty of Continuing Education.

The University of Calgary is the fourth largest employer in the city. Teaching staff number about 1,700 and support staff of about 2,000. Total full-time and part-time employees of about 3,800. The total business volume injected directly into the Calgary economy by the university is estimated at $269 million annually.

The university prides itself on its close associations with the greater Calgary community of alumni, individuals, corporations and foundations. Such extensive support played a key role in boosting the university's Building on the Vision National Campaign target of $40 million by over $6 million. The university's Senate has 62 members from the Calgary and area community, and many other individuals are associated with the university through advisory committees.

The public is encouraged to take advantage of the drama, music, dance and visual arts offerings, as well as a variety of public lectures, sports and recreational happenings.

Mount Royal College

Mount Royal College (MRC), one of Canada’s leading undergraduate colleges, is an innovative, progressive and student-centered institution offering a comprehensive range of applied baccalaureate and collaborative degree, diploma, university transfer, and certificate programs.

Founded in 1910, Mount Royal is located on four campuses in Calgary. Each year it serves more than 12,000 credit students plus tens of thousands more learners through music, speech and theatre programs offered by the world-renowned Conservatory as well professional and personal development courses provided through Continuing Education & Extension. Leading-edge applied degree programs, which include Business and Entrepreneurship, International Business and Supply Chain Management, Communications, Industrial Ecology, Interior Design, Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership and Nonprofit Studies,

provide graduates with practical experience as well as theoretical knowledge. MRC also offers Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Arts programs through a partnership with Athabasca University. International agreements with institutions throughout the U.S.,

Latin America, and Asia provide opportunities for student and faculty exchanges.

University transfer programs, in disciplines such as Arts, Commerce and Science, allow students to take up to two years of courses toward an undergraduate degree. Diploma and certificate programs cater to students who want training for specific careers.

A multi-phase $175-million expansion now underway will add 2,250 new student spaces by fall 2003 and eventually double the number of students MRC can accommodate. The project, which includes new academic buildings as well as physical education and recreation facilities, will create one of the finest learning environments

in North America.

The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)

The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology offers innovative, skill-based training to business, industry and individuals in Alberta and around the world. Combining 70 certificate and diploma programs with trade apprenticeships, international education, distance delivery and the flexibility to create custom programs. SAIT delivers training to over 8,500 full-time and 30,000 part-time registrants annually.

SAIT's ability to customize education to business needs helps industry deal with the demands of emerging technology. In business, computing, health sciences, hospitality, energy and engineering technologies, SAIT responds to requests from industry and government by creating individual programs that upgrade employee's skills. Custom programs can be held on SAIT's campus or at the work site, whenever the client desires.

Partnerships between SAIT and companies like Nortel, General Motors and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce allow the Institute to train its learners on current technology while providing invaluable upgrading and training programs for business and industry employees.

SAIT is active internationally as well, both in receiving students from around the world on campus and in delivering offshore programs in nations where resource development and new technology create a demand for skill retraining.

From training telecommunications technicians in Thailand, and industrial coatings techniques in China to energy business practices in Russia, SAIT maintains an aggressive international education program which supports the business development initiatives of Canadian companies. At home, SAIT stays close to both the public and private sectors. Each regular diploma program holds an annual review of its curriculum, by an advisory committee of industry professionals, to keep SAIT's training relevant in the field, Input from industry ensures the skills of SAIT graduates meet the needs of businesses of Western Canada and beyond. According to the 1995 graduate employment results, 93% of graduates were working within six months of graduation, 78% within their field of training. With both traditional and innovative styles of education, SAIT helps clients meet the challenges of industry with the skills workers need to stay productive and competitive.

The Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD)

The Alberta College of Art and Design is one of only four fully accredited visual arts colleges in Canada - and the only one in the Prairie Provinces. Founded in 1926 as part of the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art, ACAD has been an autonomous, board-governed institution since 1985. Up to 700 students register every year in four-year diploma programs in 11 visual arts disciplines - Ceramics, Drawing, Glass, jewellery & Metals, Painting, Photographic Arts, Print-making, Sculpture, Textiles, Visual Communications and Interdisciplinary Studies. The ACAD curriculum is studio-based, with the emphasis on individual growth and development through first-hand experience of contemporary art practice. A highly regarded professional faculty, excellent student/instructor ratio and spacious, well-equipped studios provide an ideal environment for aspiring artists.

The 18,000 books and 84,000 slides in the Luke Lindoe Library, workshops and lectures by prominent visiting artists, and the College's student exchange and international mobility programs offer a wealth of additional art related resources for students to draw on. Calgary's lively visual arts community and its more than 65 exhibiting galleries and artist-run centres further enrich ACAD student's experience. ACAD's on-campus public art gallery, The Illingworth Kerr Gallery, is

recognized nationally for its annual program of exhibitions by contemporary artists from across Canada and around the world and has a growing international reputation for the quality of its publications. The student-run Marion Nicoll Gallery presents a new exhibition of student work to the public every week throughout the academic year.

The College's Continuing Education courses attract over 1,400 Calgarians annually; 750 children attend ACAD's Saturday morning and summer programs. The Illingworth Kerr Gallery attracted 23,500 Calgarians and other visitors over the past eight months.

Athabasca University

(Calgary Learning Centre)

Athabasca University (AU) is a national and international leader in distance education offering independent study university courses to more than 12,000 students across Canada. Most AU students learn at home in their own communities using specially designed home-study materials which are generally supplemented by telephone tutors whom students may call toll tree from anywhere in Canada.

In most courses, students receive all instructional materials required to complete a course. Some courses are supplemented by radio and television programs, audio and video cassettes, laboratory session, and workshops. To do this, some courses make use of the facilities at the learning centre. Most courses start at the beginning of each month and run for at least six months.

Athabasca University offers over 300 courses in administrative studies, applied studies, humanities, social sciences, nursing, and natural sciences.

AU offers degrees in administration, arts, commerce, general studies, nursing, and science and offers university certificates in accounting, advanced accounting, administration, French language proficiency, health development administration, information systems, labour relations, labour studies, and public administration. As well, AU has transfer programs to other universities and to organizations such as the three major professional accounting bodies in Alberta. All undergraduate programs (except Nursing) have open admission which means that no formal high school requirements are necessary.

AU also offers two graduate degrees: Master of Distance Education and Master of Business Administration and two graduate diplomas: Advanced Graduate Diploma in Management and Graduate Diploma in Organizational Training.

Bow Valley College

Get There. Faster.

Bow Valley College is a leader in career training and upgrading. We provide a fast, focused and flexible way for you to get to where you want to be – if it’s getting a career certificate in a year or less, improving your English language skills, or catching up on high school courses. For businesses and professionals, we offer specialized services in skill assessments, training and consulting services. We work with you to develop the front line and improve the bottom line through practical learning solutions for the workplace.

At Bow Valley College, we pride ourselves on being a part of the community. We provide services to help the unemployed and underemployed find work, and we’re active in working to improve issues such as homelessness and literacy. Through special services, we’re also committed to ensuring that everyone has equal access to education. We’re a supportive, friendly place to get the skills, knowledge and credentials you need. We’re guided by the values that include excellence, accountability, integrity, respect for diversity, teamwork and trust. We’re proud to be learner centered and care for all those who pass through our doors. If you’re an individual, business or community group, we want to work with you to help make a difference. Fast. Focused. Flexible.

Bow Valley College’s convenient downtown Calgary location, along with our rural sites throughout Southern Alberta, make us the choice of over 10,000 learners each year. For over thirty years, we’ve been helping students succeed by developing the skills they need and supporting them through their educational experience.

Get a career. In less than a year.

Choose us to get on the fast track to a new career in a year or less with our certificate programs in business, accounting, computers, health or community care – you name it. Over 98% of grads are employed in their field of study.

Choose from these in-demand business careers: Accounting and Financial Management, Computer Technician, Events Management, Interior Decorating and Merchandizing, Office Administration and Sales and Promotion Assistant. Or get a career in health and community care: choose Dental Business Assistant, Health Care Aide, Hospital Unit Clerk, Medical Office Assistant, Practical Nurse or Teacher Assistant.

The Best High School upgrading in Calgary Finish what you started. Our academic and high school upgrading courses are designed to fit your schedule and your lifestyle. You can take courses in the classroom, online or at home. We will assist you in taking the first critical steps in returning to school full or part-time and meeting your academic and career goals. You can upgrade your marks, get your grade 12 or GED, or take just one course. You may even get credit for

any prior learning or life experiences.

Calgary’s largest ESL provider Both new Canadians and international students choose us for full- and part-time English language study. We are the largest ESL provider in Calgary, and one of the best in Canada. Our teachers have a reputation for excellence in teaching and for accommodating individual student needs.

Continuing Education

Our downtown location, combined with our long history of providing quality training make us an excellent choice for personal and professional development. Choose from a variety of skill-based Continuing Education courses including interior design, private investigation, accounting and popular computer applications such as Word, Excel and Photoshop.

Working With Aboriginal Culture

We work to meet the needs of aboriginal learners and ensure their success in school, work and life. Our aboriginal programs place great emphasis on tradition, culture and community. Programs designed specifically for Aboriginal learners include Pre-Trades, Adventure Tourism, Practical Nurse, Adult Upgrading and Pre-Employment Training.

Drop by our Marlborough Mall campus to find our more.

Career Connection

Career Connection offers a fast and effective path to the right career, and is available for free to all Albertans. We offer self-assessments, résumé tune-ups, interview skills, job search strategies and career planning. You can work by yourself, in groups or oneon-one with an employment advisor. Career Connection in located on the main floor of Rocky Mountain Plaza (615 Macleod Trail South) and is funded in part by Alberta Human Resources and Employment.

Serving Businesses Today’s business environment is competitive, and Bow Valley College can provide the services and training to give you an edge. Workplace Learning Services provides fast, focused and flexible solutions to your employee development needs. We provide skills assessment, training and consulting services. We focus on your front line, where skill development will improve your bottom line, and specialize in essential skills – the literacy, teamwork and communication skills required by workers to successfully complete daily tasks.

DeVry Institute of Technology

DeVry Institute of Technology was established in 1931 in Chicago. In 1965 DeVry established its first Canadian institute in Toronto. Today, the system has grown to 14 undergraduate campuses in Canada, making it one of the largest private post secondary education systems in North America. Spring 1996 enrollment in all the DeVry Institutes totaled over 29,000 full-time day students. In 1987, DeVry merged with Keller Graduate School of Management, which offers one of the largest MBA degree programs in North America. DeVry's and Keller's shared philosophy of real-world, career-oriented education has made the DeVry/Keller system a loading resource of business-oriented and technology-based education.

The mission of the DeVry Institutes is to provide high quality, career-oriented higher education programs of study in selected disciplines consistent with the most current needs of business and industry and of new entrants into the labour force. To accomplish this objective, DeVry in Calgary offers two business-oriented degree programs and two technology-based programs, one degree program and one diploma program.

DeVry Calgary offers career-focused Bachelor of Science degree programs in Electronics Engineering Technology, Computer Information Systems and Business Operations and a diploma program in Electronics Engineering Technician. Computer information systems (CIS) specialists assist in determining how computers can be used to modernize and streamline business processes and then design, write and install the needed software programs.

Business operations professionals are involved in key areas that support production and delivery of a company's goods and services. These professionals are involved in a variety of tasks such as managing inventory levels, planning  work flow, implementing quality and cost controls and scheduling deliveries.

Electronics engineering technologists take a hands-on approach to designing electronic circuits and systems. They not only research and develop electronic innovations, they also identify the technologies and systems needed to manufacture, maintain and operate the finished products. Their activities often include designing prototypes, writing specifications, diagnosing and troubleshooting problems, adjusting robotic equipment, writing computer programs, using computer-aided design (CAD) programs and testing and evaluating electronic products and processes.

Electronics engineering technicians build, install, test, evaluate and maintain technical equipment. They are proficient in using specialized test equipment and computers and work in areas such as field service, sales and manufacturing for industries including communications, computers, avionics, biomedical, instrumentation and consumer electronics.

Current enrollment in Calgary exceeds 1,400 students with 110 staff members, including 40 instructors with diverse backgrounds. In 1995 DeVry in Calgary graduated more than 350 students in Electronics and Computer Information Systems, and Business Operations. Major corporations actively recruit its accomplished graduates, known for proficiency in their field of expertise. The fact that historically more than 85 % of DeVry's graduates are employed in their discipline within six months of graduation is a testimony to the demand for DeVry graduates.


Business Schools

In addition to the business schools mentioned above, Calgary also offers 6 schools specializing in business education. These are:

1) Academy of Learning;

2) The Career College;

3) Colombia College;

4) Henderson College of Business;

5) Learning International; and

6) Y W C A Calgary Business College.

There are also numerous private companies in Calgary which specialize in computer training.

Registered Trade Schools

Calgary has 16 registered trade schools which provide a variety of specialized training programs in most of the trades.

Private Schools

In addition to the public and separate school systems, there are over 70 private schools operating in the Calgary area. These schools offer parents a wide variety to choose from: regular curriculum, religious and French immersion.


Calgary's largest library system is at the University of Calgary. In addition there are libraries at Mount Royal College, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Bow Valley College, and the Alberta College of Art.

Calgary Public Library

Calgarians borrow more books and other library materials from their public library than do residents from any other city in Canada.

Calgary Public Library is the information hub for Calgarians from all walks of life, with fifteen branches to serve customers around the city. With a library card, Calgarians can borrow books, CD’s, videos and books on tape, and can access a variety of electronic information resources such as CD-ROM. Customers can access the library’s computer catalogue via a computer and modem from their homes, offices or schools. Special services and collections are available to the multi-cultural community and to disable and homebound customers.

In addition, there are a number of excellent and unique private libraries in Calgary, notably the Glenbow Historical Library and Archives, located at the Glenbow Museum downtown, and the library of the Arctic Institute of North America, located at the University of Calgary, The University of Calgary, Mount Royal College, S.A.I.T., The Alberta College of Art all have substantial libraries which serve the post secondary and business communities.
Health Care

The Calgary medical community is extremely diverse and well founded. It provides Calgary and Southern Alberta with some of the finest treatment available in Canada.

Recent changes imposed by the government are currently reshaping the face of Calgary hospitals. The Calgary Health Region is the governing body of all city hospitals. Programs are being consolidated to eliminate duplications and to ensure services are provided at the most appropriate place. This change to a single governing body for hospitals is providing better coordination of services while ensuring that there are no gaps in care.

Calgary hospitals house major cardiac and cancer care centres in the Province as well as neurological, high risk maternity and neonatal care centres. The Alberta Children's Hospital is the primary centre for pediatric care in Calgary and Southern Alberta. Calgary also houses a regional geriatric centre as well as long-term and in-patient services for Canada's Armed Force Veterans.

Calgary is known for its research initiatives in the medical field. The Foothills Hospital and The University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine provide the core of medical research in the city. Recent medical breakthroughs in neurological research done in Calgary have received world-wide attention.

Many specialized services are available in Calgary which are not available in other centres in Alberta and even Canada. The Gimble Eye Centre is world renowned for its specialized laser surgery techniques. These specialized services draw many patients from around the world to Calgary.

Other Forms of Medical Treatment

Alternative methods of medical treatment have become more popular in the past decade and Calgary has kept pace with the changes. Chiropractors and physiotherapists are acknowledged by the provincial health care system and can bill for services like other health professionals. There are numerous private clinics in Calgary which provide these services.

One of the more recent developments in this area is the acceptance of midwives by the provincial health care system. This has proven to be a very popular choice for women and the demand for midwives has been overwhelming. The holistic community in Calgary is also well developed and many forms of treatment are available in this area.

Continuing Care Facilities

The Continuing Care sector currently has 24 facilities with 3,871 beds, which serve over 5,000 people per year. These facilities are operated by 13 owner-operators and are either privately owned, owned and managed by non-profit societies and voluntary organizations, or based in the public sector.

The University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine at The University of Calgary is one of only two medical schools in North America offering a three-year medical degree program. The Faculty’s medical training and evaluation methods emphasize a health-team approach, problem-solving skills and life-long learning to suit all students’ talents and interests. Sixty-nine students are admitted each year into this undergraduate program. In addition, there are more than 300 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows training within the Faculty.

The Faculty of Medicine has grown considerably in the past decade and is now known nationally and internationally as a major research Faculty. In 1995, the Faculty attracted approximately $40 million in external support for research. These funds came from provincial, national and international peer-reviewed agencies, as well as from industry and private contributions. A significant portion of this funding goes to provide salaries for faculty member, graduate students, and technical staff, thereby having a significant impact on the local economy.

Calgary Health Services

Calgary Health Services is the public health unit of the Calgary Health Region from which it obtains its funding. The agency’s focus is on promoting health, preventing disease and injury, ensuring a healthy and safe environment and promoting independence for the elderly and the disabled. Programs include: Audiology, Chronic Disease and Substance Abuse Prevention, Communicable Disease Control, Injury Prevention, Mental Wellbeing, Nutrition, Oral Health, Public Health Inspection, Public Health Nursing, Speech-Language Pathology, and Sexual & Reproductive Health.

Ambulance Service

Emergency pre-hospital care and transport within Calgary's city limits is the responsibility of The City of Calgary, Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The Department staff of 400 people provide emergency pre-hospital care to the citizens of Calgary by means of a flexible deployment model providing full Advanced Life Support levels of service. Medical direction is provided through the Medical Director by the Medical Control Board.

19 Paramedic ambulances are operated on a 24-hour basis with up to 31 Paramedic ambulances operated at peak times of the day. In addition, 5 Paramedic Response Units (PRU) are stationed in the perimeter of Calgary and in the downtown core. The PRU is staffed by a single paramedic and allows for a quick response, ensuring Advanced Life Support care is provided to a patient as soon as possible, each and every time. An ambulance arrives a short time later to assume patient care and transport to hospital, if necessary. If the patient does not require transport, the PRU will stay on scene and complete all of the required documentation, allowing the ambulance to clear and return to service sooner.

In 2002, Calgary EMS experienced 80,465 emergency responses. The Calgary EMS communications Centre provides a "zero response" time by providing pre-arrival instructions to callers while the ambulance is en-route. Care literally begins when you dial 9-1-1. Paramedic dispatchers can provide instructions over the phone in life saving procedures such as CPR, childbirth and the Heimlich Maneuver.

The City of Calgary Emergency Medical Services is considered to be one of the finest ambulance services in North America.

Social Services

Social Services in Calgary are provided through the Provincial Government, The City of Calgary and a number of voluntary agencies.

The City supports a wide range of non-profit social service agencies in the community. These agencies provide service to all age ranges from children to senior citizens and also provide the opportunity for people to volunteer. For example, transportation for the disabled is subsidized, low income families receive support to care for school age children while the parents work or go to school, seniors are assisted to remain in their own homes and youth receive counseling and support if they are in trouble with the law. Research is also conducted on social needs and communities are supported in their social development.

Emergency Services

Fire Department

Calgary is protected by one of the most modern equipped and highly professional fire departments in Canada. The Calgary Fire Department in 1995 has a total staff of 1,044 and responded to 26,655 occurrences with a yearly fire damage total of $10,623,769.00.

The Calgary Fire Department operates out of 29 strategically located fire stations with a compliment of 131 fire apparatus and other motor vehicles. The major thrust behind the improved services is due to the Fire Department’s diverse force with a multitude of services including:

The Fire Suppression Division

The Fire Suppression Division is involved in the daily firefighting duties;

First Responder/E.M.T. (Defibrillation); High Angle Rescue; Hazardous Material Response; Aircraft Crash/Rescue; and L.R.T. Rescue.

Medical Response Division

The mandate of the Calgary Fire Department's Medical Response Division is to ensure the citizens of Calgary optimal fire medical responder support within a cooperative and co-dependent working relationship with the Emergency Medical Services Department.

Learn Not To Burn

The Fire Prevention Bureau has one of the best Fire Safety School Programs in Canada, and is part of the "Learn Not To Burn" resource found in all schools throughout Calgary. We teach ECS, Grade 2, and Grade 5 students in basic fire safety to the sum of over 30,000 children in the '95 - '96 school year. We augment this teaching with a program called Juvenile Firesetters that targets young fire starters to the sum of 180 children this year alone. These children are educated in the dangers of fire and in some instances the child welfare people are notified, or social services is contacted.

Learn Not To Burn-Safe Cities Project

The 'Learn Not To Burn-Safe Cities Project' is a joint project involving: The Calgary Fire Department, public education; The Calgary Catholic School District and; The Al Azhar Shrine.

The Safe Cities project has been implemented to provide a better way to teach fire safety and burn prevention to elementary age children. 'Learn Not To Burn' is widely accepted as the best program in this area. At present, this program is being taught in most cities by firefighters on a yearly basis.

Although we feel that there is great value to visiting schools, we feel that the best way to deliver these programs is by teachers trained to teach the program and by supporting this with school visitations by fire Inspectors. With this in mind we have set up a pilot program to take place in two Calgary elementary schools. This program will be taking place in the spring of 1997 and will expand in the following years if the pilot is successful. Training for the 'project team' will be provided by NFPA on how to deliver this program and 'in service' training will be provided by the team with the assistance of NFPA representatives to the teachers involved in the pilot project. Funding for this training is provided by NFPA through the Safe Cities award program.

A proposal for this project was submitted to NFPA and Calgary was successful in being named one of ten NFPA Safe Cities. We are also the "first" Canadian city to receive this award.

Stop! Drop! and Roll!

School age children are shown the proper method of extinguishing fires when it occurs on their clothing. By reviewing this slogan and showing how it is to be performed the students learn what to do in this emergency.

Smoke Alarms

It is important to understand that the prevention of fire will reduce loss in terms of suffering, injury, pain, and as well as the dollar value that we all ultimately have to pay. By educating the public another ally is on our side to fight fire.

Throughout North America over the past 10 years, over 180,000 people escaped death by fire as a direct result of smoke alarms in their residence. In Calgary, six people have died this year as a direct result of nonfunctioning smoke alarms. The Calgary Fire Department and the Calgary Home Builders Association have initiated a unique program that brings fire safety directly to the home of the average Calgarian. This program will drastically reduce the number of fatalities from fires that have occurred as a direct result of nonfunctioning smoke alarms. The residences with the greatest need in each area have been selected by the district fire crews. These residences will be given the opportunity to have their smoke alarms tested for free by the very people who have experienced the destruction of fire.

Many people are unaware of the potential for danger if their smoke alarm is not functioning and the fire crews are the best spokespeople for fire safety. Smoke alarm batteries should be changed once a year and the smoke alarm should be tested once a month. To properly test a smoke alarm an adult should light a candle, blow out the flame and allow the smoke to activate the smoke alarm and the movement of fresh air through the smoke alarm will stop the warning sound

Smoke alarms have a life expectancy of 8 - 10 years, at which time it is to be discarded into the garbage. The danger of radioactivity from smoke alarms is less than that of the reflective hands and numbers on a wristwatch. Smoke alarms save lives, but only when properly maintained.

Disaster Services Division

The mission of the Calgary Fire Department Disaster Services Division is to coordinate and support City of Calgary and civic emergency planning to ensure a high state of municipal preparedness and to preserve life and protect property during the course of emergencies or disasters through the implementation and coordination of Calgary Peacetime Disaster Plan procedures.

Disaster Services looks after the development and coordination of disaster plans, both natural and man made, and the coordination of disaster training exercises.

Training Division

Training Division looks after the training of new recruits hired by the Department as well as the continuous upgrading of firefighter’s skills.

Training includes everything from fire training in the smoke tower, to medical training for both the Fire Medical Responders (FMR) and the Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT).

Communications Dispatch (9-1-1)

The 9-1-1 centre is responsible for the dispatching of fire crews and apparatus to emergencies. The highly trained emergency operators utilize the "enhanced 9-1-1 system" which includes the automatic number identifiers (ANI) and automatic location identifiers (ALI). These two functions have proven invaluable in instances where the caller cannot supply the location or the phone number of the emergency.

Hazardous Materials Division (Haz Mat)

Haz Mat responds to serious incidents involving hazardous materials and is in charge of the education and training of firefighters, as well as private industry, in the safe methods of handling, recovery and storage of hazardous materials. Haz Mat is also responsible for the operation and delivery of the self contained decontamination unit to hazardous material occurrences in Southern Alberta.

The Aquatics Rescue Division (ARD)

The ARD looks after the patrolling of the waterways within the confines of the city, promoting safe boating and dive rescue capabilities (scuba) to provide to agencies in southern Alberta. This division operates a fleet of 5 boats which includes 2 Jet boats, 2 Zodiac boats, and 1 Rescue Raft is utilized at the Weir.

The Calgary Fire Department, Aquatic Rescue Team, is a group of sixty (60) firefighters who specialize in all forms of aquatic rescue and recovery operations. The City of Calgary covers an area of 778 square miles and a population of 767,059 people. In this area, we have 16 lakes, 29 miles of river, 9 miles of irrigation canal, 2 large dams and 1 low head irrigation dam (wier). Additionally, we will respond outside of the city limits in a coverage area approximately 70,683 square miles in southern Alberta, containing countless amounts of water.

Members of the Aquatic Rescue Team are available and on-duty 24 hours a day, stationed at No. 1 and No. 3 Fire Stations, dedicated to aquatic rescue. The Team is activated through the Fire Department's enhanced 9-1-1 system, and will respond by ground, water vessel, or helicopter (out of city) to any water related incident.

Calgary Police Services

As of 1996, the Calgary Police Service has an authorized strength of 1,613 sworn officers and civilian members. The Service prides itself as an equal opportunity employer and continually promotes this philosophy in all aspects of employment. From 1991 the number of violent and property crimes per 100,000 population size has been decreasing from 29 to 33 per cent respectively.

During this same time period, the ratio in the number of police officers to population has been steadily increasing since 1986.

Dedicated philosophically and operationally to the concept of community-based policing, the primary focus of the Service is on crime prevention, crime detection and apprehension, and traffic safety. The Service's most effective tools are positive community relations, education, problem-solving and the use of current technology to analyze conditions, project trends and deploy resources.

The Police Services functions in part from the premise that crime is a community concern and practices community policing by dividing the city into five districts which are then divided into zones. This creates a very high-profile approach to policing. Close community contact is maintained in a variety of ways, including decentralized services and neighborhood police stations, a large and very active contingent of citizen volunteers working within the Volunteer Resources Unit, pro-active community interaction programs, and very positive media relations and public information activities.

The Service's world class Interpretive Centre built in 1995 / 96 contributes, in a unique fashion, to providing hands-on learning experience in policing to members of the community.

In reducing and combating the levels of crime in Calgary, several innovations were employed over the time period of 10 years. These included the utilization of the deployment and communications systems such as the Computer Aided Dispatch and digital cellular technology, the implementation of detection systems such as the Automated Fingerprint Identification System and the development of the Police and Community Telephone system (PACT). The most

notable innovation added to the Services was the addition of the country's first municipal helicopter, HAWC1, which put the Calgary Police Service in the policing forefront nationally.

Several new community-based initiatives were implemented from 1986 to 1996:

Apartment Watch; Business Watch; Stolen Auto Prevention; and the Community Police Advisory Council concept. A Traffic Education Unit was formed in an attempt to influence public attitudes toward good driving habits. Evident also was the Youth Liaison Project which identified and assisted children in the nine- to twelve-year old age group who were experiencing difficulties in school and at home. This program also targeted towards young offenders who commit youth-related crimes. Adding to the focus on youth policing was the Serious Habitual Offender Comprehensive Action Program (SHOCAP) which is a cooperative information and case management program on part of the police, prosecutor, probation, social services, school, and corrections authorities.

The intent of the program was to enable the juvenile justice system to give additional, focused attention to juveniles who repeatedly commit serious crimes. A Seniors Liaison Project was also implemented which focused on crime prevention, the identification of crime trends, and abuse toward elders.

The Oriental Organized Crime Investigation Team was created in 1986. This two-man team was assigned full-time responsibility to investigate crimes in which either the victim or suspect was Oriental. Following that year, the team was expanded to form a Multicultural Liaison Unit. This unit has developed an important profile among the city’s diverse ethnic, cultural, and religious minority groups.

In 1990, the Criminal Investigation Division developed a Community Resource Committee (CRC) which was implemented to combat gang related crimes. It was quoted by several experts on gangs and gang activity the police enforcement alone will not control or decrease gangs - a combined effort between police and the community is required. With community involvement, the CRC provided a unified, multi-agency approach, with all city and social agencies committed to

a common goal.


On July 18th, 1995, the Calgary Police Service's newly formed Air Services Unit officially took to the air in HAWC 1 - the first municipal police helicopter in Canada.

The McDonnell Douglas MD520N NOTAR helicopter flies on regular air patrols over the city responding to various calls as needed (i.e. high speed chases, robberies, foot pursuits, break & enter, search and rescue and general support of ground units). The 2 person flight crew consists of the Pilot who operates the aircraft and the Flight Officer who coordinates ground resources and operates the helicopter's specialized equipment including its camera and spotlight.

Flying at 220 km/hr, HAWC 1 can cover the whole city from one end to the other in three to four minutes, but 1.5 minutes general response time is commonplace on regular patrol.

The helicopter's most outstanding attributes are its speed of response and its value as an observation platform, coordinating ground resources. Observers in HAWC 1 have the natural visual advantage offered by height. It is estimated that the helicopter's visual range is 30 times greater than a police unit on the ground.

At night HAWC 1 becomes even more effective. Its 30-million candle-power Spectrolab SX 16 searchlight with adjustable focus can light up an entire schoolyard or be pinpointed onto a small area such as a vehicle. The helicopter is also equipped with a Wescam 16DS Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) camera that provides the Flight Officer with a thermal picture which is effective for situations like suspects hiding in bushes. Suspects fleeing on foot tend to go to ground when the helicopter is overhead. This makes it easier for the Canine units to locate them. The Wescam camera also has the ability to record its images for later evaluation, training purposes and/or evidence in future trials.

In high-speed pursuits, ground units can lower their speed and let the helicopter maintain visual contact with the vehicle. Reduced speeds mean increased safety for the police officers and the public in the area. In fact, HAWC 1 has already been involved in high-speed chases where the "bad guys" stopped voluntarily as soon as HAWC 1 focused their searchlight on the vehicle. They realized that they could not outrun the helicopter. In order to find the address of a call while high up of over the city, HAWC 1 uses a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) and computerized moving map display in the cockpit that allows it to zero in on an area smaller than one house. The helicopter can also be used as a command platform for major incidents such as floods, air plane crashes, hazardous materials incidents and fires. The Calgary Fire Department equipped the helicopter with an electronically-operated "Bambi" bucket for dispensing water and firefighting chemicals. This will be particularly welcome during the summer grass fire season.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

The R.C.M.P. is the only federal police service and is responsible for the enforcement of all federal laws. In Alberta, the R.C.M.P. serves as provincial police, as is the case in all provinces except Ontario and Quebec. In this role, they enforce provincial statutes as well as the Criminal Code of Canada. In addition to Provincial Police, the R.C.M.P. has municipal contracts for policing in certain Alberta cities.

The Calgary R.C.M.P. Subdivision Headquarters building, located at 920 – 16 Avenue N.E., accommodates administrative, technical and some operational personnel. Operational personnel, such as the Commercial Crime Section, Immigration and Passport Section, and the Customs and Excise Section, are situated in the Calgary Federal Building. The R.C.M.P. is responsible for the security at the Calgary International Airport located within the city limits and have a detachment at that point.

The Calgary Subdivision is linked by a high-speed computer terminal with the R.C.M.P. data centre in Ottawa for rapid updating and retrieval of police information. The Calgary Subdivision computer is hooked up to the Interpol computers and the City of Calgary Police Service Computer.

Community Services


City of Calgary

P.O. Box 2100, Station "M"

Calgary, Alberta

T2P 2M5

Tel: 403-268-CITY (2489)

Tel: 403-268-INFO (4636)

Fax: 403-268-1581

A list of departments and facilities operated by the city is included in the Blue Pages, in the front section of the Calgary and Area telephone directory. Additional information can be found at the City of Calgary's web site.


Most major provincial government departments have offices located in the City of Calgary. A list of all departments is included in the Blue Pages, in the front section of the Calgary and Area telephone directory. For further information on the Government of Alberta, telephone toll free 310-0000.

Additional information can be found at Alberta Economic Development's web site.


A number of federal government departments have offices located in the City of Calgary. A list of all departments is included in the Blue Pages, in the front section of the Calgary and Area telephone directory. For further information on the Government of Canada programs and services, contact Reference Canada at 1-800-O-Canada (1-800-622-6232). Additional information can be found at the Government of Canada's web site.

Key Contacts for Business Development


City of Calgary

PO Box 2100

Postal Station M

Calgary AB

T2P 2M5

Tel: (403)268-2111; Fax: (403)268-2362

Dave Bronconnier; Mayor

Owen Tobert; City Manager

Key Business Development Contacts in Calgary

Calgary Economic Development

Michael Brown; Director, Industry Development

#800, 615 Macleod Trail SE

Calgary, Alberta T2G 4T8

Tel: 403-221-7831; Toll Free 1-888-222-5855; Fax: 403-221-7828


Web site:

Calgary Business Information Centre

Daniele Williamson; Assistant Manager

#250, 639 - 5th Avenue, SW

Calgary, Alberta T2P 0M9

Tel: 403-221-7800; Fax: 403-221-7817


Web site:

Calgary Chamber of Commerce

Murray Sigler; President & CEO

517 Centre Street South

Calgary, Alberta T2G 2C4

Tel: 403-750-0404; Fax: 403-266-3413


Web site:

Tourism Calgary

Joe Fardell; President & CEO

#200, 238 11th Avenue SE

Calgary, Alberta T2G 0X8

Tel: 403-263-8510; Fax: 403-262-3809; Toll Free: 1-800-661-1678


Web site:


Alberta Economic Development

Walter Valentini; Regional Manager, Calgary

#300, 639 - 5th Avenue, SW

Calgary, Alberta T2P 0M9

Tel: 403-297-8920; Fax: 403-297-6168


Web site:


Industry Canada

Jessie Hislop; Senior Trade Commissioner

#400, 639 - 5th Avenue, SW

Calgary, Alberta T2P 0M9

Tel: 403-292-6408; Fax: 403-292-4595


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Dwellings total 2001 % of total

Apartments 63,830 22.14% 70,195 21.08%

Detached Duplexes 11,250 3.90% 11,845 3.56%

Movable Dwellings 1,800 0.62% 1,515 0.46%

Other single attached house 140 0.05% 220 0.07%

Row and semi-detached house 45,105 15.64% 50,850 15.27%

Single-detached house 166,185 57.64% 198,335 59.57%

Total number of occupied private dwellings 288,325 100.00% 332,955 100.00%

Private dwellings, owned 185,515 64.34% 230,820 69.32%

Private Dwellings, rented 102,805 35.66% 102,140 30.68%

Source: Statistics Canada 1996 & 2001 Census (numbers may not add up due to rounding)

Private Dwellings by Period of Construction # of Dwellings % of total

Period of construction, before 1946 15,940 4.79%

Period of construction, 1946 - 1960 42,080 12.64%

Period of construction, 1961 - 1970 50,980 15.31%

Period of construction, 1971 - 1980 91,410 27.45%

Period of construction, 1981 - 1990 59,335 17.82%

Period of construction, 1991 - 2001 73,210 21.99%

Total number of private dwellings constructed 332,955 100.00%

Source: Statistics Canada 2001 Census (numbers may not add up due to rounding)

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