Calgary has put a focus on safe communities; being a global centre for business, arts, culture and recreation; and being a city that welcomes people.

A city that offers these elements will be a city where people want to be. A city that attracts talent, fosters innovation and is a leader in economic growth.


How will we achieve it?

To become the most livable city in Canada, we intend to pursue three key initiatives:


1. Accelerate urbanization and connectivity in the downtown core (immediate initiative)

2. Expand and enhance tourism, cultural and recreational assets

3. Actively support diversity and inclusion


Target investment to build on existing and planned assets.

Investigate funding models for catalytic investments.

Create a multi-agency committee to implement the vision for our downtown core.

Enhance connectivity between the downtown core, Rivers and Entertainment Districts and the Beltline.


Attract, enhance and promote premier experiences and events showcasing Calgary as the Ultimate Host City.

Pursue a transportation corridor linking YYC Calgary Airport, Downtown Calgary and Banff.

Support Cultural Plan for Calgary and Living a Creative Life.

Continue to build on livability assets that reflect our diversity throughout the city.


Increase economic participation for the underrepresented and underemployed.

Promote Enough for All – Calgary’s poverty reduction strategy.

Continually provide affordable housing options.

How will we measure success?

To successfully implement and continuously improve this initiative, we will track key performance indicators at all activity levels. At the highest level, they include:

  1. Percentage of the population living in the city’s core area
  2. Overall quality of life rating based on The City of Calgary’s annual Citizen Satisfaction Survey
  3. Global livability score

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