Year in review 2019

The Economist magazine once again named Calgary as the best city to live in North America, and the fifth best city in world. We have a lot to be proud of and here are some highlights:

A prosperous city

  • Launched #BuyLocalYYC to support local businesses as part of Calgary’s Comeback.
  • Froze construction permit fees for the fifth year in a row to create greater cost certainty for builders and to make doing business with The City, and in the city, easier.
  • Supported seven organizations that will help drive innovation and diversify the economy in our city through the $100 million Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund​. ​

A city that moves

  • Launched Calgary’s e-scooter pilot project, which allowed 150,000 Calgarians to take 750,000 trips in just four months.
  • Began enabling works for the Green Line and we’re finalizing our plan for the downtown portion of the largest public works project in our city’s history.
  • Continued work on many of the connections for the Southwest Ring Road, making sure that on opening day, Calgarians will be able to access it as easily as possible.
  • Wrapped up construction in southwest Calgary, including Anderson Road, 14th Street, and 90th Avenue.
  • Launching MAX Yellow​ – our newest rapid transit line that provides more convenience, comfort and connections to key destinations in the southwest. ​

Safe & inspiring neighborhoods

  • Joined with Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation and the Calgary Stampede to approve construction of a new public sports and entertainment event centre.
  • Began construction on the $500 million dollar expansion of the BMO Centre.
  • Released our Resilient Calgary​ strategy that provides a vision for making Calgary a more resilient city, economically, environmentally, and socially, for future generations.
  • Brought innovation to affordable housing by building 16 new pre-fabricated homes off-site to reduce construction impact to the neighbourhood. ​

A healthy and green city

  • Celebrated the 10th anniversary of The City’s Blue Cart recycling program, which has diverted enough material to fill the Bow Tower eight times over, while the recycled paper saves about one million trees every year.
  • Opened Dale Hodges Park​ in recognition of the former City Councillor’s 30 years of public service and his leadership in building and protecting our green spaces.
  • Convened a Stewardship Group that brings service providers together to focus on prevention, harm reduction, and recovery for those individuals and families who need our support as part of The City’s Community Action on Mental Health and Addiction.
  • Opened the largest YMCA in the world in Seton, and celebrated the one year anniversary of the world’s second largest YMCA in Rocky Ridge.
  • Celebrated the first year anniversary of the new Central Library​, with nearly 2 million visitors walking through its doors since it opened. ​

A well-run city

  • Balanced service delivery levels with the need to keep municipal tax rates low by stretching tax dollars even further to serve more Calgarians and support Calgary’s economic recovery.
  • Reduced our base budget by $60 million to keep Calgary’s property taxes among the lowest in Canada.
  • Created a Financial Task Force​ to develop long-term strategies and new revenue options to improve The City’s financial strength now and in the future.​​​​​​​​