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Accelerate sector development & diversification
Companies attracted and expanded 67 87
Trade and investment deals supported 6 7
Direct/indirect jobs created/retained 5,719 8,299
Film production $178 M $181 M 
Inspire stakeholder collaboration
Completion of economic strategy tactics  87% 87%
Startup Calgary client funding 16 26
Non-core funding $2.4 M $2.5 M 
Enhance Calgary’s image
Canadian business leaders have favourable perception of Calgary 79% NA
Build an authentic brand for Calgary Economic Development 
Favourability of people who work with Calgary Economic Development 83% 79%
Clients using Calgary Economic Development research 23% 21%

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Key initiatives:


Calgary in the New Economy

Embracing the technological innovation transforming the world and disrupting all industry as a path to enduring prosperity is the focus of the strategy City Council approved in 2019 titled Calgary in the New Economy.

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Calgary is the city of choice in Canada for the world's best entrepreneurs. We embrace innovation and create solutions to meet the world's needs in food, health, energy and transportation.

Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund

Calgary City Council took the visionary step to create the $100 million economic development fund that began accepting applications in April 2018.

Learn more about Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund and how it's helping Calgary.

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$100 milion 

funds available

180 applications

received in 2018

2 projects

approved in 2018

$6 million

funds allocated

Business and Talent Attraction

In 2018, our team blazed a trail to key markets around the world selling Calgary with investment and talent attraction missions, facilitating business-to-business meetings, connecting with global leaders in our key sectors, doing media interviews, representing Calgary at major industry conferences, and activating attention-grabbing public relations campaigns....

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Vancouver Tech showcase:

Featured Calgary companies at B2B connection and talent recruitment events

TechFest Toronto:

Connected companies with businesses in a key tech market event with 1,000 attendees




Key activities:

In 2018 we marked the completion of key activities related to workforce, export and trade, innovation, and key sectors within Calgary. These initiatives included “Canada, we need to talk”, a video that reinforced the national importance of the energy sector in Canada, and our Trade Accelerator Program working to help local businesses go global.

The Calgary Film Centre also provided funding to 12 emerging filmmakers through Project Lab. Learn more about 2018 key activities that shaped Calgary over the previous year.

Thank you to our Action Calgary partners for your continued support

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