City of Calgary Update

Calgary Winter City Design Competition

Innovative winter design is needed for great public spaces to thrive in the colder months of the year. What interventions and activations could fit like a glove in Calgary’s climate and culture? Calgary’s Winter City Design Competition will explore this question. The City is inviting designers, artists and students to imagine the possibilities for winter city design in our downtown. We want people to explore and push beyond the boundaries of what public spaces in Calgary can be during the winter season. Winning submissions will receive funding to build and install their designs in three locations in Calgary’s downtown and will be on display for approximately 4 weeks in February and March 2023. More information at


Calgary Outdoor Rink Volunteers Facebook Group

Looking for like minded rink volunteers?  Looking to start a rink this year and need support?  Look no further than the Calgary Outdoor Rink Volunteer Facebook Group.  This group is for everyone who builds and maintains Calgary outdoor community rinks. We can help each other by asking questions, sharing resources and expertise. For more information or to join


City of Calgary Curbside Treasure Hunt Weekend Pilot

The City of Calgary is looking for enthusiastic communities to participate in a pilot program for a Curbside Treasure Hunt Weekend in 2023.  The pilot if still under development, and we want to hear from you!  Click for more information and to access the Survey.


Calgary Parking Authority Scams

ALERT: A reminder that the Calgary Parking Authority does not enforce ticket infractions by text communications. Please note that fake texts are circulating regarding unsettled parking tickets. They have a link to a payment screen asking for credit information. This is NOT the Calgary Parking Authority. Please do not respond to these texts or access the link.  The Calgary Parking Authority’s process for parking fines can be found here: Parking Tickets – CPA ( If you receive one, please report the incident to the Calgary Police Service at 403-266-1234.


Switchback Creative – Trailblazer Fund

Are you a charity organization that needs marketing help? Do you need a new brand or website to help keep doing the great work you are doing for their community? We are here to help. Click on the link and apply and pitch us on why you need the help and you could win $10,000 in services from us. Applications open until NOVEMBER 15. Apply today!


Community Mobile Crisis response pilot

In a first-of-its kind initiative in Calgary, The Alex will deliver the 12-month Community Mobile Crisis Response pilot program in District 4 in east Calgary. The pilot focuses on a person-centered, trauma-informed, equity-based approach to crisis response for those experiencing a non-emergency behavioural or mental health crisis and substance use disorders where there is no threat to safety. The need for a Community Mobile Crisis Response pilot program comes from a research report conducted to assess Calgary’s current crisis response system. One of the identified gaps was peer support, and the need to incorporate a diverse, multidisciplinary approach to provide immediate resources to the individual experiencing the crisis, their families, and friends.  The Community Mobile Crisis Response pilot program contributes to one of The City of Calgary’s and the Calgary Police Service’s Community Safety Investment Framework outcomes – to transform Calgary’s approach to supporting Calgarians experiencing crisis. Through the Framework, we have allocated $2.5 million to deliver this pilot. Visit for more information about Calgary’s response to mental health and addiction and the Community Safety Investment Framework.


Grandparent scam

Since the beginning of 2022, we estimate more than $1.6 million has been stolen from approximately 122 seniors in Calgary by fraudsters using what’s known as the ‘grandparent scam.’ September saw a sharp rise in this fraud with 93 reported incidents of which 35 victims lost money to the scammers. Information on how seniors can protect themselves, along with a description of how the grandparent scam is typically played out, is available on the Calgary Police Service website. When in doubt, verify the story you are being told by contacting the alleged family member directly or a third-party family member to help. Anyone with information about similar incidents is asked to contact police by calling 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers.