From established enterprises to start-ups

While Calgary is well known as a hub for Canada’s oil and gas industry, our economy has diversified over the years. Calgary is now the second largest head-office city in Canada. We also lead the nation in technology start-up companies. Calgary boasts a highly educated population and the highest labour force participation rate in any Canadian centre.


Many of the world’s largest international oil and gas companies have established a significant presence alongside their Canadian counter-parts in Calgary. Calgary is home to the majority of Canada’s oil and gas production companies, major pipeline operators, oilfield service and drilling companies, and energy-related engineering and consulting firms. Recently, an industry focused on renewable sources of power has also started to flourish in Calgary with wind as the most promising source of alternative energy. Learn more

Finance & Business

Calgary’s finance and business industry is experiencing huge growth with 16,100 new jobs created over the past ten years (1999-2008), an increase of 47.5%. Learn more

Transportation & Logistics

Providing a variety of integrated logistics solutions, Calgary is the North American hub for the Pacific Northwest by road, rail and air and is able to move products and people in a manner unparalleled elsewhere in the region. No wonder Canadian Pacific has its Canadian headquarters in Calgary. Learn more


Calgary’s manufacturing GDP increased by 33% over the past 5 years (2004-2008). Revenues from manufacturing have increased steadily since 1993, and the industry is now one of the biggest employers in Calgary with approximately 42,000 people at 2,000 businesses generating $5.1 billion yearly. Learn more


Over half of Alberta’s fastest growing companies are in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. This growth has been felt in the Calgary Region as well, as Calgary is home to the largest number of technology start-ups per capita in Canada. Learn more

Emerging Industries

Creative Industries are flourishing in Calgary, among these is the Film Industry. Calgary is best known for the majestic, awe-inspiring scenery central to the imagery and imagination evoked by the frontier of the untamed west. Yet, Calgary’s remarkably diverse geography makes it a very popular setting for a vast range of productions. From the deserts of Afghanistan, to the battlefields of feudal Japan, to a trendy restaurant in Beverly Hills, to New York City, Calgary is a chameleon able to play a wide spectrum of roles. Summer, winter, spring or fall.Learn more

Health + Wellness

Healthcare is a growing industry in Calgary, forecasted to be the most in-demand field for job seekers in the future. With core strengths lying in sports medicine and kinesiology, Calgary is rapidly becoming recognized as one of Canada’s leaders in the health sector. Learn more


Alberta is one of Canada’s largest and most diverse agricultural producers. The Alberta government reports that in 2015 the province set a record for exports of primary and processed agricultural and food products (agri-food) of $10.2 billion, up 4.5 per cent from the previous year. Exports of one of Alberta’s best known foods, beef, jumped by more than 19 per cent in 2015, fuelled by a growing demand for quality meat in the United States, Mexico and China. Learn more

More information is available at the Calgary Economic Development website.