Calgary

Quick Facts
Province: Alberta
Population: 1,251,600

Welcome to the booming town—and economy—of Calgary, Canada’s fastest growing region. Best known for its flourishing oil and gas industry, Calgary has parlayed this success into a thriving business environment for many other sectors, including spin-off manufacturing companies, high tech start-ups and groundbreaking R&D centers. Calgary’s endless advantages include the fastest growing economy in Canada, a position in the top five cities in the world to live in, the highest personal income in Canada, the lowest tax rates in the country and one of the highest purchasing powers and lowest costs of living in North America.

Key Advantages

  • Strong labor force with the highest growth in 2008 and the lowest level of unemployment of all major Canadian cities over the past 10 years
  • GDP growth rate of 1.3%, the 2nd highest growth rate of a Canadian city in 2008
  • Center of the international oil and gas industry with the majority of Canadian oil and gas production companies, pipeline operators, oilfield service, drilling companies and energy related engineering and consulting firms located there
  • Many of the world’s largest international oil and gas companies have established a significant presence, driving more than $75 billion energy related projects in the province
  • Job demand is expected to grow to over 90,000 new jobs in the next five years, the highest in Canada
  • Highest percentage of post-secondary educated citizens in Canada
  • Largest concentration of entrepreneurs and the largest number of technology start-ups per capita in Canada
  • Home to the two largest urban parks in Canada
  • Calgary International Airport is the third busiest airport in Canada, after Toronto and Vancouver
  • Entire city has access to broadband internet connectivity—the city boasts the highest Internet use in Canada at 85%
  • Recognized amongst the most successful transit systems in the world

Sector Strengths

  • Energy (oil & gas, electricity, coal, alternatives)
  • Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Financial & Business Services
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Film & Creative Industries