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Learn more about what Downtown Calgary does.

The Calgary Downtown Association (CDA) is a Business Improvement Area established under Alberta’s Municipal Government Act and represents over 2,800 businesses in a 120 block area in the city centre.
This area comprises over 50 million square feet of office, hotel, retail, restaurant, entertainment, attractions, cultural and government buildings.
The Association was formed as a result of a petition by Downtown businesses in November 1988.  It is funded primarily by a levy on the business taxes paid by Downtown businesses. (The CDA’s levy is the lowest in Calgary.)
The Association provides leadership and management for Downtown in the following key result areas:

  • Media, Public and Government Relations
  • Economic and Urban Development
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Safety and Streetscape Improvements

The CDA is governed by a board of 12 elected directors.
Our Vision
Downtown is the premier place in Calgary for people to work, live and play.

Our Mission
To champion a vital, prosperous, attractive and liveable downtown community.