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Resilient Calgary

From epic challenges to interconnected solutions Resilience

Resilience prepares us for uncertain and complex events involving people, natural environment, economy, and urban systems to collectively strengthen Calgarians to survive and thrive from these events.

What is the Resilient Calgary strategy?


The Resilient Calgary strategy outlines how we identified stresses and shocks and how we can incorporate resilience into decision-making. The strategy, with an over arching theme of a future-focused Calgary has four focus areas: our economy, equity and inclusion, natural infrastrucutre and built infrastructure.

The City’s Resilience team develops and shares resilience and foresight tools to support service delivery and investment decisions. The strategy considers local, national and global collaboration and leverages relationships, experience and resources.

Urban Resilience

"The capacity of a city's individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems to survive, adapt, and grow despite chronic stresses and acute shocks."

Resilient Calgary strategy

Incorporating resilience into decision making

Four areas highlighted in our strategy use a future-focused lens when advancing resilience outcome and actions.

What we are doing about our shared future

  • Actively participating in our economy.
  • Advocating for good stewardship of our resources.
  • Advancing trust between communities and institutions.
  • Being good ancestors for future generations to thrive.
  • Mobilizing collective action.

Message from Christine Arthurs, City Resilience Officer and Acting General Manager


At its heart, our Resilient Calgary strategy intends to support the people, communities, institutions, businesses and systems in our city to survive, adapt and grow - no matter what kind of chronic stresses and acute shocks we experience.  Our work is about identifying these stresses and shocks - some of which we could never have imagined a year ago – and creating strategies and actions that, when implemented, help build resilience in our city.

Shocks can be anything that immediately disrupts us: from floods and fires to pandemics.  Stresses include high unemployment, poverty, and water shortages – things that are chronic and build an impact over time. The Resilient Calgary strategy has been designed to help place a lens on these potential disruptions, and to lift our knowledge and leverage actions we can take together.

As we keep our focus on the future, the strategy outlines how we are putting a resilience lens and foresight tools on planning, strategies and budgets.

Approved by Council in June 2019, the Resilient Calgary strategy outlines the work we’re doing together to strengthen Calgary’s resilience. The strategy document is a product of an inclusive process that involved Calgarians and public servants sharing their diverse background, knowledge and expertise. I deeply value all of the collective efforts identified in the strategies and actions that support a strong economy, inclusive future, valued natural spaces and optimized infrastructure investment. Together, we can rise to any challenge and thrive.

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