Business and Economy
Digital Service Squad Program
Free digital support services for Calgary small businesses.
The City is accepting applications for outdoor patios. Fees are again being waived and guidelines are updated.
Investment and support
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.
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.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
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'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.