Calgary transportation & logistics
Providing a variety of integrated logistics solutions, Calgary is the North American hub for the Pacific Northwest by road, rail and air and is able to move products and people in a manner unparalleled elsewhere in the region.
Calgary’s robust transportation and logistics network is a cornerstone of the city’s vitality; outside of its commercial benefits, this network gives city residents and visitors alike the means to reach and enjoy all aspects of life in and around Calgary and Southern Alberta.
Major retailers like Walmart, Target and Costco have selected the Calgary Region as an integral part of their Western distribution strategy. This is partly due to Alberta’s low tax regime, Calgary’s growing economy, its geographic location and well-developed and evolving infrastructure. This powerful combination makes Calgary a major Canadian transportation and logistics hub of the future.
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 the Calgary Region. Recent investments include a $100 million Calgary logistics park developed by CN Railroad and the $30 million UPS distribution centre at the Calgary International Airport. In addition, Canada’s highest concentration of head offices per capita offers excellent access to decision-makers, particularly within the energy sector. And for the energy industry, Calgary serves as the staging area for organizations transporting talent and equipment to Fort McMurray.
As Alberta’s largest city, Calgary plays a leading role in executing the workforce strategy for Alberta’s transportation and supply chain logistics industry. Annually, over 100,000 students benefit from education programs offered through the University of Calgary, SAIT Polytechnic, Mount Royal University and several other educational providers.
Maintaining a supply of skilled and available workers to meet the needs of the transportation and logistics sector is a top priority for Calgary. Growth in Calgary’s supply of skilled workers is maintained by an ecosystem of industry stakeholders and educational institutions that have developed an effective strategy to support ongoing growth in this sector.
To learn more about this workforce strategy, read the Government of Alberta’s “A workforce strategy for Alberta’s supply chain logistics industry”.
In addition, the Calgary Logistics Council provides information on careers in the supply chain logistics industry.
Transportation and logistics are moving Calgary, and propelling one of the most dynamic economies in North America.