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Calgary is a thriving business centre in Western Canada that can offer quality office, retail and industrial space available for companies looking to expand or relocate operations.

The addition of premium office space in the downtown core in recent years, across all classes of properties, has made Calgary more affordable than ever and there is capacity to accommodate from large-floor plate offices to shared workspaces.

Calgary is home to more corporate head offices per capita than any city in Canada and has more than 56,000 small and medium businesses. Your business can succeed in Calgary; a city of over 1.4 million people that’s home to Canada’s energy industry as well as major firms in sectors such as transportation and logistics, agribusiness, financial services, creative industries.


Calgary's strong economy has fueled real estate growth for the region. Calgary has 41.2 million square feet of downtown office space and 24.7 million square feet of suburban office space across all classes.

The average age of Calgary's office buildings is the youngest of any major Canadian city, which offers benefits such as efficient building systems, high environmental standards and state of the art design with high efficiency leasing.

For downtown office space, an additional advantage lies with the Plus 15 skywalk system, which has over 16 kilometres of above-grade retail infrastructure and creates a vibrant retail experience in the downtown core.

Calgary Office Real Estate Market - Q3 2019
  Total Inventory (SF) New Supply for Quarter (SF) YTD New Supply (SF) Absorption for Quarter (SF) YTD Absorption (SF) Vacancy Rate (%) Under Construction (SF)
Downtown Office Class AA 17,105,867 0 430,000 -128,996 113,135 17.6 0
Downtown Office Class A 11,283,549 0 0 -67,921 27,520 24.8 0
Downtown Office Class B 9,961,374 0 0 84,376 259.106 38.9 0
Downtown Office Class C 3,993,975 0 0 -80,007 -160,097 39.4 0
Downtown Office Class D 55,000 0 0 0 2,115 29.3 0
Total Downtown Office 42,399,765 0 430,000 -192,548 241,779 26.6 0
Suburban Office Class A 13,460,197 0 0 221,386 353,853 18 152,415
Suburban Office Class B 9,240,474 0 0 10,828 -329,285 24.1 0
Suburban Office Class C 3,051,623 0 0 -2,469 364 21.4 0
Suburban Total 25,752,294 0 0 229,745 24,932 20.6 152,415
Total Office Market Class AA 17,105,867 0 430,000 -128,996 113,135 17.6 0
Total Office Market Class A 24,743,746 0 0 153,465 381,373 21.1 152,415
Total Office Market Class B 19,201,848 0 0 95,204 -70,179 31.8  0
Total Office Market Class C&D 7,100,598 0 0 -82,476 -157,618 31.6  0
Total Office Market Total 68,152,059 0 430,000 37,197 266,711 24.3 152,415

 Source: CBRE Limited

Calgary offers 131 million square feet of industrial space, generally located in the South East and North East quadrants of the city. This inventory is composed mainly of transportation, logistics and manufacturing facilities. Approximately 35 per cent of our inventory has been built in the past 10 years; therefore, there are significant energy efficiencies, building design and site amenities to accommodate current warehousing standards and transportation equipment needs.

Calgary Industrial Real Estate Market - Q2 2019
Total inventory (SF) New Supply for Quarter (SF) YTD New Supply (SF) Absorption for Quarter (SF) YTD Absorption (SF) Availability Rate (SF) Under Construction (SF)
137,466,326 597,106 2,279,377 133,386 1,294,771 8.7% 1,165,011

Source: CBRE Limited


Calgary offers a wide variety of retail space options; comprised primarily of enclosed shopping centres, power centres, strip malls and podium retail. The Calgary Region is also the home of one of the only two new enclosed shopping centres to have been built in Canada in over 20 years.

Most major national and international retailers are located in Calgary and boast some of the highest productivity levels in the nation for a variety of reasons - including highest personal income per capita in 2017 at $65,435 (The Conference Board of Canada, June 2018) and highest number of millionaires in Canada on a per capita basis in 2016 (90.2 per 100,000) (Statistics Canada) - which contribute to high sales volumes. 

Resource: Barclay Street Calgary Q1 2019 Retail Vacancy Snapshot

Calgary has a major brokerage presence that can provide much needed services to individuals and organizations looking to purchase land and infrastructure. There are many benefits to using a broker: they are aware of current market conditions; they know and have established relationships with the key industry players; and finally, brokers are well-versed in the process of purchasing land and infrastructure, including legal requirements, making offers and writing/reviewing documents related to purchase. Representation from a broker is critical to ensuring a successful purchase and avoiding legal difficulties by choosing to purchase without the assistance of a broker. Calgary Economic Development’s Business Development Managers have strong relationships with brokers in the city, and can assist organizations and individuals in matching them with the appropriate broker. For more information, contact the Sector Specialist below.

The City of Calgary and Calgary Economic Development understand the importance of a streamlined and efficient permit approval process, and have established cutting edge tools to facilitate projects and their approvals through The City of Calgary – Development and Building Approvals Business Unit. Unlike most jurisdictions with competing regions and towns in the metropolitan area, the city of Calgary (covering an area of approximately 14 miles by 20 miles) is under a single governing authority with common land use and building permitting regulations and procedures. This is a major advantage as businesses can easily compare location options throughout the city. 

Whether your real estate needs are short term or permanent, Calgary Economic Development will help you find the perfect space. Our complimentary real estate services include everything from needs assessments to site tour support, to assistance in navigating and expediting permitting, and document review. 

The City of Calgary also provides information on available land for sale as well as future land available, and provides information and resource links for industrial land sales, commercial land sales and residential land sales.

Visit The City of Calgary for more information and to use their interactive map.

The BOMA Building Inventory also provides users with a comprehensive and searchable database of all industrial, retail and office towers. The list details individual building information, covering everything from square footage to parking, building owners and lease agents.

View the current (or historical) BOMA Building Guide

Calgary Economic Development has also developed two maps that show the city of Calgary as well as Calgary's downtown core. These maps also show transportation links and Calgary's +15 system.

View City of Calgary Map

View a Map of Calgary's Downtown Core

Commercial mortgage lenders can offer a variety of options for small and medium businesses at both fixed and/or variable interest rates. It's wise to ensure you are getting a competitive rate by seeking advice from a commercial mortgage broker, ask our Sector Specialist for a recommendation.

Factors that affect interest rates for commercial loans:
Bank of Canada - Lending Rates

Posted Mortgage Rates from Action Calgary partners
ATB Financial
First Calgary

Mortgage Terms Glossary

Residential Real Estate

While Calgary Economic Development’s focus is on the non-residential real estate market, the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB) is ranked as one of the largest real estate boards in Canada and offers a variety of services and resources. One of the main functions of CREB is the operation of the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Through MLS, members and their clients have immediate access to the latest information on properties listed for sale.

Learn more about the Calgary Real Estate Board.

Search for residential properties through the Multiple Listing Service.

Visit the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation for information on mortgages, renovating and government funding programs.

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Information for Site Selectors

If you are a site selector and looking for more information about Calgary as a location for business, please choose from the following list to view more content.

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BizPal is an online tool that helps to simplify the processes for permit applications, business licenses and other compliance regulations. To learn more, visit BizPal.

Real Estate Sector Advisory Committee

Hannes Kovac, OPUS Corporation (Chair)

Trent Edwards, Brookfield Properties Development (Co-Chair)

David Wallach, Barclay Street Real Estate (Past Chair)

Amie Blanchette, City of Calgary, Real Estate & Development Services

Bernie Bayer, Taurus Property Group

Brian Hanh, BILD

Dwight Jack, Brookfield Properties

Eileen Stan, Matco Development

Greg Guatto, Aspen Properties

Iain McCorkindale, M3 Development Management

John Fisher, CBRE

Kate Thompson, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation

Ken Toews, Strategic Group

Richard Morden, QuadReal

Robert Homersham, Stikeman Elliott

Tanya Eklund, Tanya Eklund Group

Thom Mahler, City of Calgary Manager, Urban Strategies

Calgary Economic Development: Court Ellingson and Leslie Shier

Need more information?
Leslie Shier

Leslie Shier

Director, Client Excellence

Cell Phone: 403-473-2094

Office Phone: 403-767-1318


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