Calgary is an opportunity-rich city. Built by entrepreneurs, it's a place where big ideas can turn into billion-dollar businesses.
We are the city of choice in Canada for the world's best entrepreneurs embracing technology to solve global challenges. Home to a highly skilled STEM workforce, world-class post-secondary and research institutions, attractive tax and cost of doing business advantages, and an unparalleled quality of life, Calgary is an ideal city for a company looking to grow and prosper.
In its annual list of the most livable cities in the world, the Economist Intelligence Unit ranks Calgary fifth globally and number one in North America with perfect scores in stability, health care, education, and infrastructure.
Investment into Calgary
A vibrant, multicultural city of 1.5 million people, our strengths are rooted in our values - innovative, entrepreneurial, and inclusive. Home to diverse industries, we are a city that embraces change and change-makers. Whether it's feeding, fueling, healing, or moving, Calgary is helping solve the world's problems through the adoption of transformative technologies. For any company embracing digital transformation, Calgary is the ideal city to grow your business.
Calgary is positioned at the nexus of high-value land, key distribution channels and extensive investment and expertise in agtech. This combination of factors has drawn multinational leaders like BASF, Bayer Crop Science, Nutrien and Corteva to make their homes here.Learn More
Abundant investment and a university with a strong life sciences focus make Calgary an attractive hub for more than 110 companies working to address global health issues. They come here for programs like the International Microbiome Centre at the University of Calgary, which is leading the way in microbiome research through the use of Canada's largest germ-free facility, real-time imaging and droid robotics.Learn More
Energy & Environment
Here at the epicenter of Canada's energy industry, an estimated $5.8 billion will be spent on digital transformation (DX) by 2024. Other innovations include everything from major investments in clean energy technology to thermal oil sands production to pipeline integrity.Learn More
Calgary's strong corporate presence and entrepreneurial spirit, backed by post-secondary programs in the sector, is driving the fintech industry in Canada. Competitive factors like the cost of doing business, access to high-quality employees and integration with global markets make Calgary a draw for financial services firms.Learn More
Aerospace & Logistics
Our clear skies and friendly regulations have given rise to a thriving geospatial industry. Calgary is the first major city in North America to allow mass testing of commercial drones and other autonomous systems.Learn More
Calgary's infrastructure and location make it a North American logistics hub. Over 5,000 transportation and logistics businesses are driving significant demand for tech talent in this strategically located centre.
Interactive Digital Media
Calgary's abundance of both software engineers and digital experience design makes it a hot spot for IDM, with rapid growth in video game creation, AI, VR and AR, machine learning, digital media and e-learning. Alberta is home to over 230 indie video game design and development members, an estimated 100+ e-learning companies and countless interactive design agencies.Learn More
Investment in the Tech Ecosystem
Calgary companies will lead the $20 billion spend on digital transformation in Alberta from 2021 to 2024. The data from IDC Canada forecasts an estimated 13 per cent year-over-year growth in DX spending across all industries in the province. Calgary represents 37 per cent of the total DX spend throughout the province, the highest percentage of all municipalities in Alberta.
Explore the Calgary Advantage
There's no question Calgary is the place to put your pen down.
Our advantages include the lowest corporate tax rate of any province in Canada (8 per cent), no payroll tax, no health-care premiums, and no provincial sales tax. Energy costs, including renewable power, are among the lowest in Canada and premium office space and operating costs are 78 per cent more affordable than Montreal, Toronto, or Vancouver.
Along with one of the youngest most ethnically diverse populations in Canada, Calgary has the highest concentration of STEM degree completions of any Canadian city. We have a proven ability to attract and retain the brightest minds from around the world.
Bring your idea, business or investment to Calgary, and we'll see that it prospers.