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Calgary’s Downtown Strategy The Future of Calgary's Downtown

Downtown is the economic and cultural heart of Calgary. It’s our central hub for business, innovation and creativity. What happens downtown has a direct impact on all Calgarians. Calgary needs a strong core to grow our economy, create jobs and fund the City services we rely on every day. We are working to address the challenges downtown is facing and transform and reinvent downtown for decades to come.

Explore Downtown Calgary

Downtown is where it all happens – it’s the pulse of our city and no matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it here. Check out all the amazing events and activations happening and be inspired by itineraries that will help guide your visit! New memories are waiting in downtown Calgary.

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Our strategy


The success of our city relies on our downtown being a place where people want to live and be and where businesses want to set up shop, now and for decades to come.

The City of Calgary’s Downtown Strategy is leveraging the collective efforts of The City and its public and private sector partners to respond to prolonged economic challenges, and capitalize on opportunities that will create jobs, drive economic recovery, and revitalize and transform the downtown. We are working to address the challenges downtown is facing and set the downtown up for success down the road. Our priority is to be active and proactive to address problems, seek out solutions and embrace opportunities.

Road closures

To support our downtown and our growing city, The City of Calgary is investing in several major infrastructure projects in and around the downtown to extend the lifespan of our transportation infrastructure, bolster our flood resilience, and connect Calgarians in new ways.

When traveling near construction projects, Calgarians should plan for and expect delays and traffic congestion due to reduced lanes, lower speed limits and detours. For up-to-date information on road closures and detours visit calgary.ca/trafficinfo.

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Our investment in downtown


Calgary’s Greater Downtown Plan is our way forward. We have a vision, roadmap and commitment to build a thriving, future-focused downtown. The Plan focuses on building a downtown that is Calgary’s bustling centre of commerce and a 24/7 destination. Calgary’s future success relies on downtown being a place where people want to live, visit and set up businesses. It needs to move beyond the traditional 9 to 5 business district towards a vibrant city centre people enjoy 24/7, with a balanced mix of residential, office, retail, entertainment, tourism and culture.

The Plan is supported by a $325 million investment focused on areas that start to lower office vacancy, improve downtown vibrancy, and support the development of thriving neighbourhoods that attract residents, visitors, and talent for downtown’s businesses.


This information has no legal status and cannot be used as an official interpretation of the various bylaws, codes and regulations currently in effect. The City of Calgary accepts no responsibility to persons relying solely on this information. Web pages are updated periodically. ​

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