Gather basic information about where to settle and restart your career

When making a decision in which Canadian province and city to settle and restart your career, it is important to gather basic information about possible locations. Considering aspects such as weather, population, economy and lifestyle is important.

Calgary is a city in the province of Alberta, with a population of 1,267,344 residents (2018 Census) making it Alberta's largest city and Canada's third-largest municipality, according to Statistics Canada.

Acknowledgment of Territory

Calgary is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot Confederacy) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Iyarhe Nakoda. We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, and the traditional Blackfoot name of this place is “Mohkinstsis”, which we now call the City of Calgary. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.

Living and Working in Calgary

The Calgary Economic Development (CED) website describes Calgary as a city that "has all the benefits of a large metropolitan and sophisticated centre enjoyed in a relaxed and friendly lifestyle typical of Calgary's legendary western hospitality. Calgary's dynamic and innovative spirit, superior workforce, and clean and safe environment make Calgary a world-class city and a global business choice. Calgary has a lifestyle focused on family, community and wellness."

The CED lists the key industries that drive the economy in Calgary and the province of Alberta: agribusiness, creative industries, energy, financial services, life sciences, manufacturing, renewable energy and green economy, real estate, technology and transportation and logistics. Researching up-to-date labour market information is key to find out the job openings in these key industries.