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Low operating costs and accessible space, mixed with the right talent and an unmatched quality of life, make Calgary a smart move for your interactive digital media business.
Calgary is one of the most cost-competitive major cities in North America to operate in. The city offers affordable property and utility costs including low real estate rental rates in the downtown core. Calgary also has the second-lowest commercial property taxes of major Canadian cities, and our corporate tax will be reduced to 8 per cent by 2022 – among the lowest globally. Tech talent is affordable, and in turn your employees enjoy a low cost of living in a city that is ranked the most livable in North America (Economist Intelligence Unit, 2019).
More than 5,500 full-time employees are supported by the digital media sector in Calgary (Nordicity, 2018). Post-secondary institutions and other organizations are developing top talent to help fill this growing pipeline of technical and digital media talent.
Creating world-leading experts in cybersecurity, software development, game development, graphic design, computer graphics, data science and human-computer interaction. Maclean’s magazine ranked the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary among the top ten universities for best computer science programs in Canada for 2018.
School of Creative Technologies brings business and design together to meet the needs of the digital age. They are the first Canadian academic to partner with Adobe’s Analytics Academic Initiative.
SAIT offers a New Media Production and Design program, a technology centred program that promotes critical thinking to develop engaging content for web-based user experiences and provides comprehensive training in the tools and techniques used for web design and development.
Media Arts Bachelor program prepares students for programming, software, and interactive fundamentals suited for game, web, and interactive experience design. Advanced courses focus on character design for gaming (2D, 3D and Hybrid animation), multi-media and motion graphics.
New Media Bachelor program prepares students for a career in animation, graphic design, video/film production, television, web design, game design, media authoring, plus the province's first Game Research Lab + ARVR Program.
Cross-sectoral design competence applied to gaming, machine learning, full stack development and more.
Calgary has a growing pipeline of technical and digital media talent. We have the talent you need and our education institutions are constantly evolving their programs to meet the needs of the new economy. Our workforce is young, smart, productive and active.
"Calgary has access to a unique blend of talent that has allowed us to scale our business globally. The demographic mix of Calgary, the high quality of graduates and the drawing power of the city itself has given us world-class talent to serve our international client base."
- Chris Gokiert, President, Critical Mass Digital Design Agency