Putting Knowledge to Purpose

Calgary Foundation envisions a healthy, vibrant, giving and caring community that works for everyone. Building that future demands that we evolve and learn from innovators, experts and our community. This year, we have aligned the report with our five Vital Priorities in order to ensure an intentional focus and greater connection to the Foundation's overall strategy. We have also given more room to showcase the results of the Vital Signs survey - devoting a section in each priority area to citizen perceptions. Vital Signs is a key resource we use at the Foundation to inform our Vital Priorities work. The combination of citizen perception and current research is the thrust behind this work. We value the contributions of so many Calgarians who took the time to add their voice to Vital Signs. As a leader, the Foundation has been entrusted to listen to, and learn from, our community. Our role is to use the insights gained from the Vital Signs report to help inspire, and direct resources to, those who will build that vibrant and caring community. For everyone, forever.

Who Took the Vital Signs Survey?

2,576 Calgarians







This year, 1,667 citizens accepted Calgary Foundation's invitation to take the Vital Signs online survey and grade their quality of life. When the results of this self-selected group were compared to the results of the randomly-selected phone and panel survey graders, there was no statistically significant difference between the three survey methodologies.


The online and panel survey results have been combined and form the basis of the 2017 Vital Signs report. For comparative purposes, a probability sample of 2,067 results in a margin of error of +/- 2.15%,19 times out of 20. The margin of error associated with the telephone survey is +/- 4.8%, 19 times out of 20.
Who took the Vital Signs Survey
Government 20% Business 43% Voluntary 10% Student 4% Retired 16% Unemployed 7%
Under 25 5% 24 to 34 21% 34 to 44 20% 42 to 54 21% 55 to 64 20% 65+ 13%
Male 40% Female 59% Transgender 1%

Where They Live

The majority of survey respondents live in the NW and SW quadrants.

30% of survey respondents live in NE / SE communities.

12% 32% 18% 36% 2%Other municipality(Cochrane, Chestermere,Airdrie, etc.) NE NW SE SW

Primary Daily Activity

3% 1% 2% 2% 3% 3% 4% 5% 11% 66% 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 Other Maternity/paternity or parental leave Household work Long term illness Caring for children Volunteering or care-giving other than for your own children Going to school Looking for paid work Retired Working at a paid job or business

Population Growth

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 1,300,0001,250,0001,200,0001,150,0001,100,0001,050,0001,000,000950,000900,000


Median Age

36.4 years


6,537 homes under construction

Down from 9,508 in 2016

Vacancy Rate


Highest in 30 years

Single Family Home Average Price


Up 1% over 2016


3 out of 4 Calgarians are aged 20 and up.


28% Office Vacancy Rate

Unemployed Rate
10%9%8%7%6%5%4%3%2%1%0% 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 39,900 JUNE JUNE 41,100 55,700 81,400 76,700

Calgary's unemployment rate in 2017 is 8.9%

More than 80,000 people identify as unemployed.

Calgary's Vital Signs

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