Business and Economy

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Running your own business is challenging, even at the best of times. We’re here to make it easier for you. Here’s the information you need to enable your business success.

Digital Service Squad Program

Free digital support services for Calgary small businesses.

Outdoor patios

The City is accepting applications for outdoor patios. Fees are again being waived and guidelines are updated.

Contact us

Call 311
403-268-CITY (2489) from outside Calgary​

Business licensing and permits
Live chat at
Call 403-268-5311

Property assessment
Call 403-268-2888

Green Line Business Registration

Business Improvement Areas (BIA)
BIA contacts

Business Perspectives - business research panel

How we're taking care of business

We're improving our business environment to make sure our local businesses can thrive and grow, and new businesses can get started as fast as possible.

Investing in Calgary's Business Improvement Areas

Bringing art and colour to public land patios

Opening a non-profit coffee shop in downtown Calgary

Business news

Vendors in Parks: Pop-up Pilot Program

During the summer of 2022, a new V.I.P. (Vendors in Parks) Pop-Up Program is happening in parks around Calgary. The program was created to support businesses and the economy, while enhancing the enjoyment of local parks by Calgarians.  As a trial program, there are opportunities for a variety of pop-up vendors. Citizens can also provide comments and suggestions on the program, including their experiences at the participating parks.

Learn more and apply as a vendor

Digital Service Squad

The City of Calgary has launched a Digital Service Squad (DSS) program to support the local small business community. If you’re a small business operator, you know your customers are online—and you need to be too. And getting online is just the start. There’s a lot to keep up with!

1-on-1 support from a DSS member could soon be within reach and your business might be eligible for free assistance.

The Digital Service Squad is part of Business Link’s Digital Economy Program, a partnership with Digital Main Street funded by the Government of Alberta. 

Find out more about the Digital Service Squad

City approves more supports for Calgary's business community

On June 1, City Council approved another $15.9 million in a growing list of municipal supports for Calgary’s business community. The package provides targeted financial support to business owners as they look to re-open, in sectors impacted most by the pandemic.

The City is supporting restaurants, pubs, bars, fitness centres, and entertainment establishments, including nightclubs and live music venues, in their reopening efforts through a grant, as well as hotel and motel property owners through a 2021 tax deferral program.

The City will start accepting applications for the grant program on July 2, 2021.

Read more

Social media

As part of The City's efforts to support business, we have formed a Facebook group open to the public and for businesses.

This group lets The City and our partners share accurate information quickly and create community connections and support.

Join and invite others to our Business Sector Support Facebook Group for information, tips and advice.

Projects of interest

We do regular research with businesses to better understand the outlook and viewpoint of the business community. If you are a business owner, leader or manager, join our online business research panel, Business Perspectives.


We're working with our civic partners to support Calgary businesses.

Business Improvement Areas

We work with Business Improvement Areas to support over 6,000 businesses. They help create some of Calgary's best known and most loved neighbourhoods with a variety of local businesses.