Supporting local business
We are committed to:
THE CITY OF CALGARY
- Supporting business success in Calgary – from idea to open
- Reducing the time and money it takes to run a business in Calgary
- Improving communications with Calgary’s business community
Here's what we've been up to
What's been done?
- Created a #BuyLocalYYC campaign to encourage Calgarians to support local businesses, and Calgary’s comeback. As part of this, we also provided marketing resources for businesses so they too could promote buying locally.
- Provided Canada's first virtual one window approach to permitting online. We offer live chat, saving business applicants time and money.
- Approved pop-up and interim businesses in all commercial areas (another Canada first). This eliminates lengthy approval process and licensing restrictions.
- Frozen construction permit fees at 2016 rates until the end of 2020, creating greater cost certainty for builders.
- Reduced licencing fees by 10% for new and renewed business licences, making licencing more affordable for businesses.
- Established the $100-million Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund to attract and support transformative investments in Calgary that will support economic growth, diversification, and increase employment.
- Created a Business and Local Economy team to support businesses by cutting red tape through streamlining City processes and reducing the time and money it takes to open and run a business in Calgary.
- Created a ‘Living Lab’ program to open City of Calgary assets to companies and researchers, to test and try their ideas and products.
- Created a Business Advisory Committee made up of members of the local business community. This Council-led committee gives us insight and feedback into how we can improve City processes.
What's in the works?
- Improving the journey from idea to open a business in Calgary.
- Dedicated counter for businesses and more focused communication on dedicated phone line for businesses.
- Updating the process for the Film industry to do business in Calgary.
- Developing a Smart City Strategy.
- Developing tools and online resources to assist businesses through their life-cycle.
- Increasing communications to the business community.