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BMO Centre Expansion

Priority Capital Projects BMO Centre Expansion

The expanded BMO Centre will provide Calgary with an event venue that will attract large international and national conventions and conferences.

As a priority capital project that is already underway, the BMO Centre expansion highlights The City‘s dedication to invest in our community and Calgary’s future. 

Project update - April 2021

On April 29, The BMO Centre Expansion project met a significant milestone, breaking ground on the $500 million expansion.

The Project

The BMO Centre expansion will double in size to become Western Canada’s largest facility with new spaces for conferences, meetings, exhibitions and consumer trade shows. At approximately one million square feet, the modernized facility will provide the opportunity to host large national and international events.

Located on Stampede Park, the expanded BMO Convention Centre is key component of the Rivers District Master Plan. It is an investment in Calgary’s envisioned Culture + Entertainment District, serving as an anchor to attract private investment and new local business to the area.

Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), a wholly owned subsidiary of The City of Calgary and steward of the Rivers District Master Plan, is serving as Development Manager for the BMO Centre expansion on behalf of the project partners: The City of Calgary and Calgary Stampede

Benefits to Calgarians

Job Creation

Ernst & Young prepared an Economic Impact Assessment on the full build out of the Culture + Entertainment District. The report released in January 2019, states that 4,750 full-time jobs could be created during the construction phase of the district, with an additional 1,536 permanent jobs created once the new facilities are open.

Invest in Calgarians

Between now and 2024, the BMO Centre will be a major catalyst in the development of the Cultural + Entertainment District serving as an anchor to attract private investment into new local businesses. It is a key component of the Rivers District Master Plan and supports the Downtown Strategy.

Economic Growth

An expanded BMO Centre will increase total floor space to just under one million square feet, essentially doubling its rentable space. Upon completion, the BMO Centre will be the largest facility in Western Canada and enable Calgary to compete for national international meetings and conventions.

Download the Ernst & Young Economic Impact Assessment.


The expansion of the BMO Convention Centre is estimated at $500 million. It is funded through equal contributions from the Government of Canada, Government of Alberta and The City of Calgary.

Project background

The BMO Centre has been Calgary’s premier venue for consumer and trade shows, special events, meetings and conferences since its opening in 1982. The venue has undergone two major expansions since its opening, in 2000 and again in 2009. It currently consists of 285,000 sq. ft. of rentable exhibition halls, meeting rooms and a ballroom.


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