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March 22 2024

Provincial investment in Arts Commons solidifies Calgary as arts capital of Canada

Arts Commons event space

The following statement is attributable to Ruhee Ismail-Teja, Vice President of Policy and External Affairs at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce:

“On behalf of the Calgary Chamber and our business community, we commend the Government of Alberta for their investment of $103 million over seven years to the Arts Commons and Olympic Plaza transformation projects. This infrastructure investment is critical to attracting and retaining talent in Calgary, enhancing vibrancy and revitalizing our downtown. It also solidifies Calgary as a leading arts city, particularly as it will create the largest cultural infrastructure project in Canada’s history.

“The arts sector is a powerful economic engine for the city and province, driving tourism and fostering our creative industries. In fact, this project alone will generate $424 million in GDP to our provincial economy and employ over 3,500 construction workers full time. Beyond revenue generation, our arts and culture scene builds a sense of belonging and connection, and showcases our diversity as Albertans.

“Infrastructure investments are vital to support the influx of the nearly 200,000 individuals who migrated to Alberta in the last year. Such investments support the growing population's needs, bolster economic activity and cultivate thriving communities that attract and retain residents and businesses alike.

“Calgary’s arts sector – and our city more broadly – will be transformed by 2030, with Calgary being home to the new Event Centre and Entertainment District, revitalized Glenbow Museum, BMO Centre and now, Arts Commons Transformation. These projects illustrate the transformational visions that can be brought to life through collaboration between industry, community and all levels of government.”

About the Calgary Chamber of Commerce  

The Calgary Chamber exists to help businesses reach their potential. As the convenor and catalyst for a vibrant, inclusive and prosperous business community, the Chamber works to build strength and resilience among its members and position Calgary as a magnet for talent, diversification and opportunity. As an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in 1891, we build on our history to serve and advocate for businesses of all sizes, in all sectors across the city.