Calgary kicks off #BuyLocalYYC to support local businesses

Calgary ­­– To support local businesses and economic recovery as part of Calgary’s Comeback, The City of Calgary is launching #BuyLocalYYC to remind Calgarians to shop and spend locally and show their Calgary roots with pride.

The #BuyLocalYYC campaign is aimed at reminding Calgarians they have a huge impact when they support local businesses and entrepreneurs. In the lead up to the holiday shopping season and all year round, Calgarians can help local businesses thrive and grow by spending their money here in the city.

“The best way to help Calgary’s economy is by supporting local businesses – and we have so many amazing ones,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “Calgary is full of hard-working entrepreneurs who pour their heart into our city. We’re working hard to make Calgary the best place to start and grow a business – and you can help too. Let’s show our support and #buylocalyyc.”

To make it easy for local businesses to participate in the #BuyLocalYYC campaign, The City is providing a free toolkit ( with digital marketing/social media how to’s, door posters to print off, digital and video assets.

Our ask of Calgarians is to share and support their favourite Calgary businesses by using #BuyLocalYYC and spreading the word to their fellow Calgarians.

The City is focused on three core areas to support Calgary’s Comeback: supporting local businesses, revitalizing our downtown, and ensuring we are fiscally responsible. The new Business and Local Economy team is making The City of Calgary more business friendly by providing support and reducing barriers to success.

“The most important thing for our team right now is supporting businesses to start and grow quickly, and to innovate and expand,” said Sonya Sharp, Leader of the Business and Local Economy team. “This means finding ways to save businesses time and money when they work with The City, and helping to support businesses, working with our local partners. Buying local is one way everyone can contribute to helping our local businesses during these tough economic times.”

“Calgarians supporting Calgarians is so important, especially during challenging times,” said Annie MacInnis, Executive Director of the Kensington Business Improvement Area. “When you purchase from Calgary businesses, you’re supporting your community and reinvesting into our local economy. We’re all in this together.”

Calgary is a dynamic and resilient city and The City of Calgary and its partners are committed to our economic recovery to make life better every day for citizens, customers, communities and businesses. To learn more about our efforts to support Calgary’s Comeback, visit