A Better Economy
Our best economy is one resilient to ever-present changes, while providing continual opportunities for citizens. We will diversify and build upon Calgary’s strong economy to ensure a prosperous, sustainable future for all Calgarians.
Green Line LRT
The Green Line LRT--the largest single public works project in our history--will transform Calgary by while creating jobs and keeping all our citizens get where they need to go efficiently and safely. Under Mayor Nenshi's leadership, the Green Line was first identified as a priority in the Route Ahead long term strategy for Calgary Transit and then funded by all orders of government. When Stage 1 opens in 2026, it will serve over 60,000 people per day with 14 new stations over 20km of track.
A Business Friendly City
Calgary's economy is changing and The City of Calgary is adapting to help business thrive in our community. Mayor Nenshi is a champion of many City programs to simplify how Calgarians do business at The City and facilitate their entrepreurial success. From personalized service to single-window online support, we're making Calgary the most business friendly city in Canada.
This strategic initiative is the design and delivery of a new, high-performance planning system, created in partnership with citizens, industry, community and City staff. The goal is to deliver a high standard of civic transparency, accountability, innovation, engagement, customer service and sustainability on a scale not seen by many municipalities.
Over the past eight years, Calgary Transit has developed a long-term strategic plan, implemented several new routes, constructed four bus rapid transit lines, and improved the customer-service experience. Substantial work has also been completed on the Green Line, a new LRT line and the most expensive infrastructure project in Calgary's history. Mayor Nenshi's leadership and his understanding of the transit system has resulted in better service for citizens.
- Funding and construction of the Green Line Light Rail Transit Stage 1
- The planning and development of the vision of the Green Line LRT at full build out
- Purchase of new Light Rail Transit Vehicles & phase-out of the old original U-2s
- Four Car LRTs & upgraded LRT Platforms
- North Crosstown Bus Rapid Transit
- South Crosstown Bus Rapid Transit
- Southwest Bus Rapid Transit
- 17 th Avenue ("International Avenue") Bus Rapid Transit
- Stoney Compressed Natural Gas Bus Storage and Transit Facility
- Adoption of Compressed Natural Gas Buses to augment fleet of diesel buses
- Creation of, and continued advocacy for, the Low-Income Transit Pass and sliding scale
- Implemented the Route 300 bus from Downtown to the Airport
- Scrapped the $3 Park & Ride Fee to park at Calgary Transit parking lots
- All LRT Ticket machines give change and accept debit and credit payments
- Creation and adoption of RouteAhead a 30 year strategic capital plan for Calgary Transit
- Launched the Calgary Transit Customer Commitment & using public data to monitor and make transit more reliable, helpful, informative, easy to use, safer, and cleaner
- Set-up the Calgary Transit Customer Advisory Group
A road network that works well is key to a well-functioning city. Mayor Nenshi has encouraged innovation in how we build interchanges, and brought in policies that deal with issues important to Calgarians, such as better snow removal. He understands the importance of these initiatives to the daily lives of citizens.
- Construction of Airport Tunnel and Airport Trail upgrades
- Secured funding to complete Airport Trail from Stoney Trail to Deerfoot Trail
- Construction of Glenmore-Ogden Interchange
- Construction of TransCanada-Bowfort Road Interchange
- Construction of Macleod Trail-162 Ave Interchange
- Construction of Crowchild-Flanders Ave Interchange
- Construction of Deerfoot Trail- 212 Interchange
- Construction of Crowchild Trail improvements over the Bow River
- The Twinning of Peigan Trail SE
- Advocacy in support of reaching southwest Ring Road
Agreement between the Government of Alberta and the Tsuu T'ina Nation
- Established Microcar Parking Stalls in downtown Calgary in spaces where normal cars do not fit to create new stalls for microcars & carshare vehicles to meet demand
- Adopted new Carshare Parking Policy to ensure fair distribution of parking resources between carshare vehicles and private vehicles in commercial areas
- Updated the Downtown Parking Strategy first time in 40 years
- Added 539 parking spots in downtown over three years
- 5th Avenue Lane Reversal
- Uber and all rideshare services licensed to safely operate in Calgary with proper insurance and background checks in place to protect to the public, while providing taxi companies with a more level playing field
- Developed & implemented new Snow and Ice Control system for Calgary's roads
- Supported and funded the establishment of a new plan for pedestrian snow and ice control
- Rebuilding of 17th Avenue SW
- Supported an autonomous vehicle pilot project
Calgary's economy has experienced significant volatility over the past few years, but with thoughtful and deliberate action it is improving. Mayor Nenshi has worked hard to attract new businesses and jobs to Calgary, while advocating for adequate supports for existing businesses.
- The rate of yearly tax rate increases dropped from 7.9% in 2010 to 0% in 2017
- Set aside $45 million to set-up the Municipal Non-Residential Phased Tax Program to cap business non-residential tax increases to 5% in 2017, 2017 and set aside another $45 million for 2018
- Supported Calgary Economic Development with an additional $7 million over three years to support business attraction and economic growth initiatives
- Supported the creation of the $100 million Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund to support initiatives to strengthen the economy and revitalize downtown
- Updated the Calgary 10-year Economic Strategy for Calgary, support its 6 areas of focus, and resourced CED ensuring it remains a living document that is implemented
- Attended countless trade missions and hosted delegations to sell Calgary's story to the world to support economic development and job creation.
- Continue process of continual process improvements in permits and planning