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November 15 2022

Calgary Chamber proposes new investments in people, culture and infrastructure to attract and retain workforce

Calgary, November 15, 2022 – The Calgary Chamber of Commerce launches part three of its four-part series, Unlocking our Talent Potential: Investing in people, culture and infrastructure, which highlights the investments needed to ensure Calgary is vibrant, in order to attract and retain talent, and address the labour shortage.

"Investing in our city and the people who power it is critical to attracting and retaining talent," said Deborah Yedlin, President and CEO, Calgary Chamber of Commerce. "Investments in micro-credentialling and skill development, in physical infrastructure like transit and sporting facilities, and in arts and culture help make Calgary a magnet for talent."

The Calgary Chamber recognizes the work underway by governments to enhance and modernize Calgary’s infrastructure, however, further investments are required.


Invest in infrastructure to ensure Calgary remains a destination of choice to live, work and play

Significant infrastructure investments must be made to create vibrancy and attract talent. With young people accounting for 18 per cent of the city’s population, we must prioritize investments that attract and retain them.

Invest in sports and entertainment

Invest in initiatives that attract and promote arts, entertainment, and cultural events across the city.

Position Calgary as a talent leader

Skill vacancies currently account for $25 billion in unrealized economic value nationally. We therefore must invest in skills programs to create an adaptable and flexible workforce.

Leverage businesses as talent developers

Collaboration among governments and businesses to develop the future workforce is needed as businesses are key to developing talent across the city.

Implementing these initiatives will further advance Calgary, making it the destination of choice to live, work and play. Investments must be prioritized to attract the talent of tomorrow and retain the talent of today.

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About the Report: Unlocking our Talent Potential

Unlocking our Talent Potential is a four-part series that provides policy recommendations and tangible solutions to some of the most pressing issues concerning the city’s talent crisis. Local businesses, thought leaders, and young Calgarians came together to share their insights on day-to-day labour challenges. These recommendations provide a framework for addressing the talent crisis today to ensure a resilient future.



The Calgary Chamber exists to help businesses thrive. As the convenor and catalyst for a vibrant, inclusive, and prosperous business community, the Chamber works to build strength and resilience among its members and position Calgary as a magnet for talent, diversification, and opportunity. As an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization, we build on our 131-year history to serve and advocate for businesses of all sizes, in all sectors, and across the city.

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