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 furthers outreach into the community to enhance initiatives from year-round civic events and celebrations to our annual 10-day celebration. Various programs and initiatives at Stampede Park and across the city engage citizens throughout the year, contributing to the cultural, social and economic well-being of the greater community. As well, City Council approved a commitment to fund one third of the BMO Centre Expansion project over the next five years.
The Government of Alberta
The Government of Alberta, through Alberta Culture and Tourism, support a number of Stampede programs and facilities through an operating grant of $7.674 million. This support helped: create opportunities for youth to learn about agriculture and sustainability through programs like OH Ranch and Stampede School; entice visitors from around the world to experience iconic events like the 50th Anniversary of the Grandstand Show, our signature rodeo and chuckwagon races, agriculture demonstrations and competitions and First Nations culture presentations; and enable 2,500 volunteers to contribute their time and talent to share community spirit year-round through the city and southern Alberta. As well, $250,000 was specifically directed to enhanced security and safety on Park for the 1.2 million guests during Stampede through the redesign of the main gates and perimeter access points.
On December 18, 2018, the Province of Alberta announced support for the BMO Centre expansion project as a one third funding partner.
The Government of Canada
The Government of Canada, through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriMarketing program, committed $29,540 to enhance our international agriculture initiatives including business to business engagement, publication and distribution of Profile magazine, and showcasing Canadian producers and practices. The Canada Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) and Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) programs contributed $70,541 and $7,419 to enable additional employment opportunities to support activities year-round and for Stampede 2018.
The Government of Canada, through the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, is providing matching funds through a one third contribution to create a tier one convention and trade facility with the expansion of the BMO Centre.