The Calgary Region is a transportation hub and intermodal distribution centre for western Canada.
Cost and service time benefits
Having your distribution centre in the Calgary Region allows you to provide service and reach customers at a lower cost and shorter travel time than than any other city in Western Canada.
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Available & serviced land and logistics parks
The City of Calgary has nearly 12,000 hectares of industrial land supply, including more than 1,600 hectares of immediate and short-term land supply.
The City is serviced by three major industrial regions comprised of a network of industrial parks, intermodal facilities and on-airport logistics parks. Leasing rates for industrial space in Calgary remain lower than nearby cities, and land in the larger Calgary Region offers ample space for development at transportation nodes along major corridors.
Below are six sample developments situated along the north, south and eastern corridors along the CANA–MEX and Trans-Canada Highways outside the city limits:
- The Town of Crossfield has a development with seven parcels of land at approximately three acres each.
- There are two private developments currently with lots available along the HWY 2 (CANAMEX Corridor) for T&L use in the City of Airdrie. They are the 80-acre Gateway Commerce Centre Industrial Park (Citiland Group) and the 211-acre Highland Business Park (Beedie Development Corporation).
- There are four development opportunities in the Okotoks area.
- The Okotoks Business Park expansion area has shovel-ready lots for sale with excellent access and egress five minutes to the east via HWY 2 (CANAMEX Corridor).
- Both Burnswest Corporation and Tri-Star Communities have private light industrial lots available for sale, lease and build to suit in the Southbank Business Park of Okotoks.
- Larger affordable tracks of land are available for sale nearby in the Aldersyde Industrial Corridor area that lies between High River, AB and Okotoks, AB. This area, adjacent to CPR’s north/south line, has potential for rail-serviced lots.
- Two developments in the Town of Strathmore also have shovel-ready lots available as of 2012. They are the Canal Crossing Development and Strathmore’s Industrial Park. Both parks are adjacent to the Trans-Canada Highway east of Calgary.
- Two developments in City of Chestermere have shovel-ready lots available as of 2012. They are the TRUMAN DEVELOPMENT CORP. (9.04 acres) and Centron Group of Companies (248 acres). Both sites have excellent access to major highways, and Centron’s is adjacent to the Trans-Canada Highway east of Calgary.
The Calgary Transit System is recognized as one of the most successful transit systems in the world, and is currently expanding to Calgary Region communities.
ROAM is a local transit service in the Town of Banff. It is the first municipality in Canada to have an all-hybrid electric transit fleet. ROAM provides regional public transit service between Banff and Canmore.
Airdrie Transit is the City of Airdrie’s public transportation system that includes local service and their Inner City Commuter Express (ICE). ICE is the Airdrie’s transit system connecting Airdrie with Calgary. ICE offers two routes that provide easy access to downtown with transfers via Calgary Transit.
Rocky View Regional Handi Bus
The Rocky View Regional Handi Bus Society provides transit service to a several municipalities and areas within the Calgary Region.
An excellent business environment
Calgary is recognized as one of the most cost-effective places in western North America to establish a transportation and logistics hub.
Perhaps the best evidence of Calgary’s pro-business environment is the high level of investment transportation and logistics firms are making in Calgary – including the UPS cargo hub and the CN rail logistics park.
Low tax Rate:
Bringing your business to Calgary means taking advantage of lowest provincial corporate tax rate in Canada at 10 per cent including:
Combined federal/provincial corporate income tax rate at
- 25 per cent for general businesses
- 14 per cent for small businesses
- competitive corporate tax rate for manufacturers
There is also:
- no inventory tax
- no machinery and equipment tax
- no payroll tax
- 3 per cent small business tax rate
- $500,000 small business income threshold
Investment is supported by an excellent quality of life, Alberta’s low tax rate (lowest in Canada) and head office status (114 firms) – which generates access to decision makers.