Transportation & logistics: Calgary Region benefits

Cost and service time benefits
Calgary is centrally located in western Canada. A distribution centre situated in the Calgary Region can provide service to the Region at a lower cost and in shorter travel time than any other city in western Canada.

The above mentioned cost and time savings for a central location in western Canada can be quantified. For example, over the road, Calgary is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes closer to the average western Canadian when compared to Edmonton. Total landed cost for four locations in western Canada are presented in graph below. The supply chain in the model delivers 1,000 containers to various points in western Canada based on population density.



Sector Fast Facts

Indicator Year Number
GDP(1) 2009 $3.6 Billion
Employment(2) 2010 34,558(3)
Business Establishments 2010 4,200
Employmet Growth 2000-2010 10%

Source: Calgary Economic Development, Moving Calgary – Transportation and Logistics Sector Profile, December 2010
 

Available & serviced land and logistics parks
The City of Calgary has nearly 12,000 hectares of industrial land supply, including more than 1,600 hectares of immediate and short-term land supply. The City is serviced by three major industrial regions comprised of a network of industrial parks, intermodal facilities and on-airport logistics parks. Leasing rates for industrial space in Calgary remain lower than nearby cities, and land in the larger Calgary Region offers ample space for development at transportation nodes along major corridors.

Below are six sample developments situated along the north, south and eastern corridors along the CANA–MEX and Trans-Canada Highways outside the city limits:

 

  • The Town of Crossfield has a development with seven parcels of land at approximately three acres each.
  • There are two private developments currently with lots available along the HWY 2 (CANAMEX Corridor) for T&L use in the City of Airdrie. They are the 80-acre Gateway Commerce Centre Industrial Park (Citiland Group) and the 211-acre Highland Business Park (Beedie Development Corporation).
  • There are four development opportunities in the Okotoks area. The Okotoks Business Park expansion area has shovel-ready lots for sale with excellent access and egress five minutes to the east via HWY 2 (CANAMEX Corridor). Both Burnswest Corporation and Tri-Star Communities have private light industrial lots available for sale, lease and build to suit in the Southbank Business Park of Okotoks. Larger affordable tracks of land are available for sale nearby in the Aldersyde Industrial Corridor area that lies between High River, AB and Okotoks, AB. This area, adjacent to CPR’s north/south line, has potential for rail-serviced lots.
  • Two developments in the Town of Strathmore also have shovel-ready lots available as of 2012. They are the Canal Crossing Development and Strathmore’s Industrial Park. Both parks are adjacent to the Trans-Canada Highway east of Calgary.
  • Two developments in Town of Chestermere have shovel-ready lots available as of 2012. They are the TRUMAN DEVELOPMENT CORP. (9.04 acres) and Centron Group of Companies (248 acres). Both sites have excellent access to major highways, and Centron’s is adjacent to the Trans-Canada Highway east of Calgary.


Information communications network
High speed Internet infrastructure is available throughout the Region. The Region has the highest Internet use in Canada (85 per cent). Advanced networking infrastructure servicing head office needs is available in downtown Calgary.


Public transit
The Calgary Transit System is recognized as one of the most successful transit systems in the world, and is currently expanding to Calgary Region communities.  


An 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 Calgary – including the UPS cargo hub and the CN rail logistics park. Investment is supported by an excellent quality of life, Alberta’s low tax rate (lowest in Canada) and head office status (114 firms) – which generates access to decision makers.
 

Links & reports
The Calgary Region Context and Competitive Advantage - Transportation & Logistics Report PDF

 

Calgary Economic Development transportation & Logistics sector profile

(1)Source: Conference Board of Canada, Figures in Chained 2002 dollars.

(2)Includes the total workforce in the transportation industry (NAICS 48-49) and Wholesale Trade (NAICS 41)

(3)Source: 2001, 2006 Census; Labour Force Survey; RDA Global Estimates (NAICS: 11, 21, 22’ 31-33, 41, 44, 45, 48, 49, 51-56, 61, 62, 71, 72, 91).

(4)Confirmed by Reg Johnston Consulting.

(5)The City of Calgary, Transportation Plan, November 2009, Page 3-17. Source: Conference Board of Canada, Figures in Chained 2002 dollars. Includes the total workforce in the transportation industry (NAICS 48-49) and Wholesale Trade (NAICS 41) Source: 2001, 2006 Census; Labour Force Survey; RDA Global Estimates (NAICS: 11, 21, 22’ 31-33, 41, 44, 45, 48, 49, 51-56, 61, 62, 71, 72, 91).

(6)Calgary Economic Development, MOVING CALGARY TRANSPORTATION + LOGISTICS SECTOR PROFILE, 2006, page 10.

(7)Calgary Regional Partnership, Regional Logistics Cluster Opportunities, June 2011, page 23.