Calgary Dollars

Calgary Dollars is a complementary currency system that is accepted by 1,000 participants including Calgary Transit, FFWD, Riva’s Eco Store, Sunnyside Market, Community Natural Foods and Mountain Equipment Coop. A community’s true wealth lies in the skills, talents and capabilities of its members, and we believe that every single person has something of value to offer to their neighbours.

Calgary Dollars complements federal dollars by supporting local resiliency and strengthening local business purchasing power. There is currently over $80,000 Calgary Dollars circulating in Calgary to buy and sell over 1000 goods and services. Calgary Dollars is also a development opportunity for businesses to engage in the ever-growing ‘green economy’, stimulate business growth, develop customer loyalty, and offer your network sustainably minded incentives and perks. From established store-front businesses, the City of Calgary, to social enterprise efforts and home-based businesses, Calgary Dollars offers a means for your business to complement your strategies to create more opportunities. Alberta’s Premier William Aberhart created Prosperity Certificates in 1936 to stimulate our province’s economy and the recent global economic downturn has resulted in NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg and the retired Japanese Finance Minister creating complementary currencies to serve their citizens in ways federal dollars are unable. Complementary currencies are a truly global economic movement. Watch the CityTV video on Calgary Dollars and see what’s available for Calgary Dollars on our website:

100 Year Goals and Targets

Economic well-being

Target 35
By 2036, the number of environmentally sustainable and commercially viable value-added products and technologies produced in Calgary increases by 100 per cent.
Target 39
By 2036, alternative ways to measure economic well-being are commonly used to support sustainability principles in decision-making.
Target 46
By 2036, 95 per cent of all people living in Calgary are at or above Statistics Canada’s Low-income Cut-off (LICO) rates; there is no child poverty.


Target 48
By 2016, 80 per cent of Calgarians report that they feel government activity is open, honest, inclusive and responsive.
Target 49
By 2016, Calgary City Council establishes a participatory budgeting process.


Target 109
By 2036, 95 per cent of Calgarians of every age and ability report that they value and have mutually supportive relationships in several settings, such as at home, school and work and in the community.
Target 112
By 2010, 90 per cent of Calgarians agree that there is a strong sense of community in Calgary, and at least 80 per cent of Calgarians report high levels of satisfaction, sense of belonging, attachment and civic pride.
Target 113
By 2010, 80 per cent of citizens experience a high sense of community in their neighbourhoods and affinity-related communities, as reflected by residents’ reports of neighbourhood participation and volunteering, sense of belonging, neighbourliness and reciprocity, sense of efficacy, attachment, safety and voter turnout.


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