YYC Calgary International Airport transports 75% of Alberta's air cargo shipments 


consumers can be reached from Calgary by road in one day 


cargo flights went through YYC Calgary International Airport in 2016

Calgary is a gateway to regional and global markets. The region is home to a number of commercial and logistics clusters with close to 5,000 transportation and logistics businesses. This critical mass of freight, transportation and distribution activity makes Calgary an attractive market that continues to see strong investment.

Recent investments in transportation and logistics facilities include CN Rail’s $200M Calgary Logistics Park which includes two million square feet of distribution and warehouse space. DHL Express nearly tripled the size of its operation at YYC Calgary International Airport to capitalize on the potential they see in international express volumes to and from Alberta. Home Depot opened a more than one million square foot distribution centre near the Canadian Pacific Railway’s intermodal terminal.

The level of investment in distribution and warehouse facilities has been higher in the Calgary region than any other Western Canadian city.


Western Canada’s logistics center

With one of Canada’s busiest airports, major highways north-south and east-west, two of North America’s Class 1 railroads, and efficient access to all ocean ports, Calgary effectively serves global markets.


YYC Calgary International Airport is one of Canada’s best-connected airports, providing flights to 80 non-stops destinations and welcoming more than 15.7 million passengers in 2016. YYC recently completed a $2 billion expansion that includes a new international terminal, the longest runway in Canada and advanced cargo handling facilities.

YYC is the main air cargo gateway for Alberta, handling three-quarters of all air cargo in the province – a record volume of more than 137,000 metric tonnes in 2016. With its strategic location offering direct access to major roadways, YYC specializes in receiving, transferring, storing and distributing air, rail and highway cargo – both domestically and internationally. YYC has direct air cargo connections to Europe, UK, Asia and Mexico.

YYC has 1.68 million square feet of dedicated cargo apron with direct access to warehouse/logistics facilities, in-ground fueling and cargo services including customs.

Distribution companies such as FedEx, Purolator, UPS and DHL have cargo centres at the airport. Calgary is also home to one of Canada’s two major airlines, WestJet Airlines, and acts as a regional hub for the other, Air Canada.


Calgary is home to both Canadian Class I railroads – Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway and CN Rail. Both railroads offer carload and intermodal services, with efficient connectivity through the U.S. and Mexico. On average, rail transit from west coast ports is 48 hours.


Calgary’s central location in Western Canada, access to national highway systems and proximity to the U.S. border expedites transportation from Calgary throughout North America and into Mexico.

The City of Calgary, in partnership with Calgary Economic Development, are undertaking a “Goods Movement Strategy” to ensure the infrastructure is in place to ensure longevity and continue to improve the Calgary Region’s supply chain and transportation ecosystem.

Operating your business

Calgary’s favourable tax environment and low operating costs are among the reasons why it has been recognized as one of the most cost effective business environments for distribution operations compared to other regional distribution hubs in Western Canada. Advantages of doing business in Calgary include access to multimodal transportation options, lower taxes, low electricity costs and a competitive labour market.

There are nearly 80,000 jobs in the Calgary Region’s transportation and logistics sector. Maintaining the supply of skilled workers to meet the needs of a growing sector is a priority and supported by an ecosystem of industry stakeholders and educational institutions. More than 100,000 students benefit from the programs offered each year through local post-secondary institutions including the University of Calgary, SAIT and Mount Royal University.

Learn more about Alberta’s supply chain logistics industry workforce strategy.

Land & Availability

The City of Calgary has nearly 12,000 hectares of industrial land supply, including over 1,600 hectares of immediate and short-term land supply. The city has three major industrial regions with a network of industrial parks, intermodal facilities and on-airport logistics parks.

The three major industrial sub-markets are in the northeast, south central and southeast. They include 46 individual industrial regions that are in areas with access to rail, road and air transportation.

Leasing rates for industrial space are competitive with major urban markets. Land in the Calgary Region offers ample space for development at transportation nodes along major corridors. To support growth, The City of Calgary is investing $3.5 billion in Calgary’s transportation infrastructure for the period 2009 – 2018.

Land Brokers

Calgary has major brokerages that can assist individuals and organizations looking to purchase land and infrastructure. Brokers are aware of the current market conditions, have relationships with key industry players and are well-versed in purchasing land and infrastructure.

Looking for Available Space

Calgary Economic Development partnered with Altus InSite, a provider of national office market data and perspective for Canada’s commercial real estate industry. Altus InSite allows companies to search for industrial, office and retail space in the Calgary Region. Companies can compare available space by office class, total space and leasing district as well as information about leasing.

Autonomous vehicle testing

Calgary is in a class above the rest for cities testing autonomous vehicles.

We’re home to an ecosystem of industry, government agencies, research labs and post-secondary institutions supporting the production and testing of unmanned autonomous systems, both on the ground and in the air. This includes custom software development, surveying and mapping (geomatics), satellite tracking, data storage and data analysis (GIS).

One area where Calgary stands out is in the geomatics field – the science of collecting, analyzing and interpreting spatial data. World-class geomatics expertise has developed in Calgary’s energy industry, an important expertise for autonomous vehicles as well. Spatial data offers real-world conditions and scenarios to test these new technologies. While the skill set is in high demand for the autonomous industry, the supply is low. But not in Calgary.   

Working with Calgary Economic Development, The City of Calgary is building an intake process that will provide a single point of contact for companies to test their autonomous products, including technologies for aerial and ground vehicles, using city-owned assets such as parking lots and landfills.

Building this intake process will occur at the same time that the Province of Alberta is developing a regulatory framework that could see autonomous vehicle testing move from city assets to roads in the Calgary region. This legislation is expected in 2018.

Need more information?

Patti Dunlop

Business Development Manager, Transportation & Logistics

Cell Phone: (403) 808-0134

Office Phone: (403) 767-1322


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