Western Canada’s Premiere Inland Port
Costs, reach and proximity to market—three critical reasons why Calgary’s inland port status has helped the region attract major distribution centres and investment.
Among Canada’s major logistics hubs, annual operating costs for a distribution centre in Calgary are the lowest on average thanks to low electricity costs, no provincial sales or payroll taxes and the second lowest effective corporate tax rate in the country. Labour wages are also cost-competitive with Canadian transportation centres of comparable size.
Meanwhile, our global reach is extensive. Calgary’s international air cargo facilities provide access to anywhere in the world within 48 hours. Our high-velocity intermodal rail parks and transcontinental highway access connect to ports on all North American coasts. A day’s drive brings 16 million consumers into play. The Calgary Economic Region itself is home to over 1.6 million people and the larger Western Canada and northern U.S. geographies ideally served by Calgary’s transportation infrastructure are 11 million strong.
As one of Canada’s busiest airports, YYC Calgary International Airport is served by international air cargo and courier services including CargoJet, DHL, FedEx, Purolator and UPS. Its 14,000 foot-runway, part of a recent $2 billion airport expansion, is Canada’s largest. Additional industrial warehousing space has increased the airport’s ability to handle cargo growth from belly and freighter service.
Calgary is home to a number of industrial, distribution and logistics parks. These parks are conveniently centered around the YYC Calgary International Airport and major transportation routes in the city for easy access and distribution. CP operates its Calgary Intermodal Terminal in the city’s southeast. Canadian National Railway (CN) operates a state-of-the-art, 780-acre intermodal logistics park. The co-location park is approximately 20 kilometres from YYC Calgary International Airport, with both leased space and design-build availability. Future developments will include a lumber reload, CargoFlo, and Autoport facilities.
Both the Trans-Canada Highway (Alberta Highway 1) and the CANAMEX North-South Trade Corridor, connecting Alberta to the U.S. and Mexico, run through the heart of Calgary. A ring road system provides access to all quadrants of the city, making for efficient last-mile transportation.
Both Canadian Class 1 freight railroads, CN and Canadian Pacific (CP), operate intermodal logistics hubs in Calgary. Their extensive rail networks allow for comprehensive transportation within Western Canada and the U.S. Heartland, while also extending reach to the East and West Coasts, and as far away as Mexico.
To support continued growth, Calgary is investing $6.5 billion in the city’s transportation infrastructure for the period 2018–2027 to ensure Canada’s fourth largest city remains Western Canada’s Distribution Hub.
Who’s Here in Calgary
Calgary is home to dozens of 3PL’s, the headquarters of Canadian Pacific, two major intermodal facilities and a global airport with outstanding cargo facilities. This has attracted significant distribution centres from companies such as:
From location and infrastructure to talent and lifestyle, Calgary is the complete package. See how our city stacks up across the board.Learn More
Wages in Calgary are lower than U.S. counterparts and competitive with Canada’s other logistics hubs. View the data here.Review Data
As Western Canada’s Distribution Hub, Calgary has an extensive, best-in-class multi-modal network of air, road and rail. View the network here.View Map