Calgary Works to Enhance and Embrace Multicultural Business

Posted 9 April 2017 by in Business

Finance Minister Joe Ceci is joined by the Executive Director of International Avenue Business Revitalization Zone Alison Karim-McSwiney and City of Calgary councillors Gian-Carlo Carra and Andre Chabot

Finance Minister Joe Ceci is joined by the Executive Director of International Avenue Business Revitalization Zone Alison Karim-McSwiney and City of Calgary councillors Gian-Carlo Carra and Andre Chabot

CALGARY – Calgary is embracing and endorsing the growing multicultural nature of the community. The International Avenue Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ), located along Calgary’s 17 Avenue SE, will benefit from $300,000 through the first intake of the CARES program.

This area of Calgary is home to a growing and diverse number of businesses.

The International Avenue business district celebrates the city’s multiculturalism. Approximately 425 businesses operate in the zone, offering the area’s residents access to a wide range of retailers, restaurants and grocery stores.

“Every region of Alberta brings multiple strengths to Alberta’s way of life – whether in energy, agriculture, forestry, mining, tourism, or in other areas. Last year, we launched the two-year CARES program to help communities with common interests but limited resources tackle economic development projects that they might not be able to on their own. Through these projects, local leaders are working together to grow and diversify our economy,” states Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade

The funding will go toward Phase 3 of the Heart of the New East Community Economic Development Project. It will establish a comprehensive community economic development strategy, develop a promotional image campaign, enhance the Emerge summer market and expand the social innovation co-working hub.

The first two phases, funded in part by the City of Calgary, saw significant research completed and the test incubation of a number of small businesses. The third phase will align with the forthcoming infrastructure upgrade planned in the area.

Finance Minister Joe Ceci made the announcement today on behalf of Economic Development and Trade Minister Deron Bilous.“The work the International Avenue BRZ has done to support our neighbourhood and help local businesses grow is an incredible example of how we can work together to diversify our economy and make life better for Alberta families,” says Joe Ceci, Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board.

Following the first CARES application intake in 2016, the program has evaluated 88 applications from regions and communities, representing approximately $10.5 million in requested grants. These projects are among many throughout the province receiving support through the first intake of the CARES program.