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Civic Partners

What we do

The City of Calgary has long-established, cooperative and collaborative relationships with organizations referred to as "Civic Partners." These are not-for-profit organizations that operate at arm’s-length and independently from The City. The 14 Civic Partners vary widely in terms of mandate, scope and complexity and can be categorized as follows: arts and culture; attractions; business and economic development; library services; parks, recreation and sport.

The City works in partnership with Civic Partners to meet strategic goals and provide services to Calgarians through delivery models that reduce costs and increase effectiveness and efficiency. Civic Partners harness extensive voluntary support, extend the reach of The City into various business and community sectors and foster civic engagement. Civic Partners leverage operational and capital investments of The City from sources including donations, corporate investments, provincial and federal funding, and earnedrevenue streams.

Resources of The City are invested in and managed by Civic Partners, including operational and capital funding, land, buildings, artefacts and liaison support. Unique lease, operating funding and/or capital funding agreements set the foundation for shared mandates, objectives and joint investment of resources. Agreements include requirements to align with specific City policies and to participate in Corporate processes including business and budget planning and reporting. Reporting requirements strengthen accountability and provide Council the opportunity to directly engage Civic Partners on financial, strategic and operational aspects of their organizations. Their work aligns with Council’s Priorities for 2015-2018, imagineCALGARY, 2020 Sustainability Direction, the Economic Development Strategy and the Arts Development Strategy for Calgary.

Approved Civic Partners Business Plans and Budgets


Civic Partners

Arts & Culture
Calgary Arts Development Authority
Calgary Centre for Performing Arts

The Aero Space Museum Association of Calgary
Calgary Science Centre and Creative Kids Museum (TELUS Spark)
The Calgary Zoological Society
The Fort Calgary Preservation Society
Heritage Park Society

Business & Economic Development
Calgary Convention Centre Authority (Calgary TELUS Convention Centre)
Calgary Economic Development Ltd.
Calgary Technologies Inc.
Tourism Calgary - Calgary Convention & Visitors Bureau

Library Services
Calgary Public Library Board

Parks, Recreation & Sport
The Parks Foundation, Calgary
Lindsay Park Sports Society (Talisman Centre for Sport and Wellness)

Proposed Civic Partners Business Plan and Budget

September 2014 Draft Business Plan Presentations