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Calgary Resilience


Calgary Resilience

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Calgary is a resilient city

In 2016, Calgary became a member of 100 Resilient Cities (100RC), pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. 100RC is a global network of cities working to address some of the biggest challenges facing cities today. Participation provides an opportunity to better manage and respond to social, economic, and environmental challenges. An Agenda Setting Workshop was held in Calgary in spring 2017to discuss Urban Resilience and focus on future stresses and shocks that Calgary may face.

As a member, Calgary completed a Preliminary Resilience Assessment (PRA). From this assessment, four discovery, or focus areas emerged:​

Economic resilience
Infrastructure resilience
Environmental resilience
Inclusive leadership and decision making

A shorter version of the report, the PRA executive summary is also available.

In addition, the PRA describes our city with a resilience lens, identifies stakeholder and public perceptions, outlines Calgary’s main stressors and shocks, and lists resiliency actions already in place. More information about these four discovery areas is available in the PRA Overview.

In collaboration with partners and stakeholders, we are examining these areas in-depth, and will present a strategy with recommendations for council to improve Calgary’s capacity for resilience in our constantly changing world. We are aiming to bring our recommendations forward in spring 2019. After the strategy is approved, an implementation plan will be developed.

Urban Resilienc​e, as defined by 100RC is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kind of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience. Our resilience is tied to learning, adapting and continually improving.

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Stories of resilience

Our varied experiences and shared philosophy make us stronger as a city, a community and as a world-class urban centre. In this section, you will find a collection of stories from Calgary and other areas where resiliency is at the heart of city-planning, decision-making and service delivery.

Read an important message on resilience from The Mayor

Join the conversation

Follow our hash tag on twitter at #ResilientYYC.


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