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 2,500 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 CDA is governed by a board of 12 elected directors.
Our Vision
Spearheading prosperity for Downtown businesses by intentionally shaping the character of Calgary.

Our Mission
Community leader generating dynamic spaces, places, and integrated communities.


A Business Improvement Area (BIA) is a group of businesses in a defined geographical area that come together to improve and promote their businesses. Some of the BIA roles include:

Enhancing the economic development of an area through promotion and marketing.

Improving the physical environment of public spaces in commercial areas.

Working collaboratively with The City in delivery of municipal services in their zones.

Advocating for policies and practices that support economic vitality in their zones.


For more information on BIAs click here