The Calgary Stampede is a not-for-profit community organization that preserves and celebrates our western heritage, cultures and community spirit. With the vision to create a world-class, year-round gathering place for the community, the organization reinvests all revenue into a broad range of programs, our facilities and the talent of 2,500 volunteers and 1,200 employees who together create our success. The support of our public partners is vital to the continued development of Stampede Park for the benefit of Albertans and visitors from around the world. Our shared vision will enable us to be valued contributors to our community both today and well into the next century.
The City of Calgary
The City of Calgary is a long-time partner of the Calgary Stampede. Along with providing our 100-year lease and support for our credit facilities, collaboration enables outreach into the community to enhance and support civic events year-round. Various programs and initiatives at Stampede Park and across the city engage citizens and guests, contributing to the cultural, social and economic well-being of the greater community.
The City is providing one third of the funding for the expansion of BMO Centre, that with phase one completion in 2020 is on schedule to become the largest convention facility in western Canada.
The Government of Alberta
The Government of Alberta, through Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women, supported several Stampede programs and facilities through an operating grant of $5.505 million. These funds provided youth the opportunity to learn about agriculture, sustainability and develop performing arts skills with operational shifts required to adhere to health directives. The Province’s support made it possible to focus the time and talent of 2500 volunteers on new outreach initiatives to contribute to community spirit in Calgary and southern Alberta. And $250,000 was specifically directed to complete the refurbishment of the midway washrooms for visitors and to enhance both the cyber security to protect increased virtual activity and the corporate website to facilitate engagement and delivery of community support programs. In addition, the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant aided in the reopening requirements during the pandemic.
The Province is a one third funding partner of the BMO Centre expansion. Construction continued through 2020 and upon completion in 2024 will double the capacity to facilitate tier-one conventions.
The Government of Canada
The Government of Canada has provided support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic through income and wage subsidy relief. The Calgary Stampede is grateful for that support, which helped sustain employment opportunities and made it possible for select community initiatives to be delivered in 2020.
The contribution by Infrastructure Canada of one third matching funds to the $500 million-dollar expansion of the BMO Centre convention facility enabled construction to continue throughout 2020, including the completion of Hall F and the preparation for phase two construction to start in early 2021.