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Parking Revenue Reinvestment Program

The City supports the creation of vibrant mixed-use activity centres and corridors where people live, work, shop and enjoy spending time in. The City’s Parking Revenue Reinvestment Program stipulates how parking payments collected in these areas are used for local improvements to make public spaces better for people who travel to these destinations. Improvements to public spaces help keep these areas attractive for people, which in turn contributes to business and community vitality.

Recent Council Approvals

In February 2017, Council approved the Parking Revenue Policies contained in section 5.3 of the Calgary Parking Policies.

The Parking Revenue Policies help facilitate the implementation of the parking revenue reinvestment program. The program has been established to fulfill the following objectives in paid parking areas:

  • Facilitate a strong pedestrian environment
  • Further the implementation of complete streets
  • Provide incremental improvements to area parking
  • Enhance area urban design
  • Add to the vibrancy of the area

How is the allocation amount calculated?

The allocation amount is determined by calculating the total amount of net parking revenue returned to The City from the Calgary Parking Authority from the sale of parking. This amount is compared relative to the budgeted amount set by The City in Action Plan 2015-2018.  

Fifty per cent of any surplus proceeds are made available for reinvestment in paid parking areas. The money is then shared proportionally with each business area relative to their geographic share of gross parking revenues. This money can be used for infrastructure and service improvements in paid parking areas.

Who can apply for using the funds?

The City works directly with BIAs to determine the priority for each area. While the priorities are significantly guided by BIA direction, The City retains the funds and coordinates the necessary work to be done.

Paid parking revenues outside of BIA areas are pooled and the uses determined by The City. The City will consult with communities where any improvements are proposed in a given year.

How are parking prices determined?

Parking prices are determined by area supply and demand, as set out in section 5.1.2 of the Calgary Parking Policies. There is no revenue target for parking prices, and it is possible there could be no surplus in a given year.

For more information about the program, please contact 311.