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City of Calgary Achievements & Awards

The City of Calgary’s commitment to excellence has earned recognition both nationally and internationally. Awards for City operations highlight the vibrancy, efficiency and innovative nature of both our corporation and the city we serve.

Quality of life

A great place to make a living, a great place to make a life.
Year Recipient  Award  Conferring Body
2021 Calgary 47th Best City in the world Resonance Consultancy
2020 Calgary 47th Best City in the world Forbes
2020 The City of Calgary Canada's Best Employers Forbes
2020 Calgary Honorary Recognition: Reader Rock Garden World Urban Parks
2019 Calgary World's 5th most livable City The Economist
2019 Calgary Most Livable City in North America The Economist
2019 The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre - Community Choice Award for Best Recruiter Star Metro
2019 Calgary Canada's 4th most Youthful City YouthfulCities Canadian Urban Work Index
2019 The City of Calgary Climate Leader of the Year Dive Awards
2018 The City of Calgary Canada's Best Employers Forbes
2018 The City of Calgary 4th Most Livable City in North America The Economist
2018 Calgary World's 5th most livable City The Economist
2017 The City of Calgary Canada's Best Employers Forbes
2017 The City of Calgary Canada's Top Employers for Young People Mediacorp Canada
2017 The City of Calgary Canada's Greenest Employers Mediacorp Canada

Planning, development and architecture

Planning, building and developing great communities for everyone.
Year Recipient  Award Conferring Body
2020 City of Calgary Award of Planning Merit: Beltline Area Redevelopment Plan Alberta Professional Planners Institute 
2020 City of Calgary Canadian Award for Financial Reporting Government Finance Officers Association
2020 City of Calgary Distinguished Budget Presentation Award Government Finance Officers Association
2020 City of Calgary Award for Outstanding Planning for the climate emergency: Biodiverse Communities Initiative Commonwealth Association of Planners
2020 City of Calgary Award for Outstanding Planning for cities and human settlements: Transit-Oriented Development Implementation Strategy Commonwealth Association of Planners
2020 City of Calgary 3rd best overall planning features, government charges and approvals times in Canada Canadian Home Builders' Association
2020 City of Calgary Award for Planning Excellence: Biodiverse Communities Initiative Canadian Institute of Planners
2019 International Ave Development Plan Award for Planning Excellence  Canadian Institute of Planners
2018 The 4th Ave Flyover National Urban Design Awards - Community Initiative Royal Architectural Institue of Canada
2018 East Village Junction Best Small Project Canadian Urban Institute's Brownie Award
2018 Csquare Award of Merit  Prairie Design
2018 Crossroads Garden Shed People’s Choice Award Architizer A+

Technology and innovation

We’re harnessing our resilient prairie spirit and going high-tech.
Year Recipient  Award Conferring Body
2019 Stoney CNG Bus Storage and Transit Facility National Award for Innovation and Excellence The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships
2019 Internet of Things Smart 50 Award Smart Cities Connect
2019 311 Live Maps Larger municipalities award Minister's Awards for Municipal Excellence
2018 The City of Calgary Award of Excellence for GIS use ESRI Canada
2018 The City of Calgary Top 25 GIS Programs in Canada Public Sector Digest
2018 Internet of Things Network Award for Municipal Excellence Minister's Awards for Municipal Excellence

Additional awards and recognition

Other noteworthy awards and recognition
Year Recipient  Award Conferring Body
2020 City of Calgary Gold Quill Award: This is not an Ashtray International Association of Business Communicators
2020 City of Calgary Award of Excellence: Archeology and Calgary Parks Uncovering Human History Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Association
2019 City of Calgary Canadian Award for Financial Reporting Government Finance Officers Association
2019 City of Calgary Distinguished Budget Presentation Award Government Finance Officers Association
2019 Shepard Waste Management Facility Exceptional Municipal Water/Wastewater Project Award Western Canada Water
2019 City of Calgary Gold Quill Award: The City's approach to Cannabis Legalization International Association of Business Communicators
2019 This is My Neighbourhood Core Values Award for Contribution & Innovation in the Field International Association of Business Communicators
2019 Calgary Police Service Marine Unit  Canadian Safe Boating Award: Special Recognition  Canadian Safe Boating Council
2019 Traffic Calming Curbs 2019 Road Safety Engineering Award Transportation Association of Canada
2019 Current Budget Distinguished Budget Presentation Award  Government Finance Officers Association
2019 Too Good to Waste Award of Distinction - Top Municipal Video  Municipal World
2018 City of Calgary Cab Driver with Checker International Driver of the Year International Association of Transportation Regulators
2018 Green Cart Program 2018 Municipal Program Award: Green Cart Program – City of Calgary Recycling Council of Alberta
2017 Transforming Municipal Procurement Award for Muncipal Excellence Minister's Awards for Municipal Excellence

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Calgary Awards

Honouring outstanding citizen achievements in 13 categories including; Citizen of the Year, arts, education, accessibility and youth; this program gives The City the opportunity to acknowledge these contributions.

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Mayor’s Urban Design Awards

The Mayor’s Urban Design Awards (MUDA) recognizes the contribution of Calgary urban designers, architects, landscape architects, and artists to the livability of our city.

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