An Accessible City

An Accessible City

"How might we make Calgary the most accessible city in the world?"

Note: This challenge is now closed to new ideas at this time.

In 2015, Council adopted a notice of motion stating that the City has an obligation to build and promote a city that is accessible to persons of all ages, abilities and incomes. Currently, almost 200,000 Calgarians over the age of 15 will be living with a disability. We challenge you to think broadly and creatively to come up with ideas beyond just improving mobility.

Challenge Champions: Katie Black (Director, Calgary Neighborhoods), Councillor Druh Farrell & The City of Calgary's Advisory Committee on Accessibility.


Accessibility Challenge

Background Information on Accessibility Initiatives at The City of Calgary

Wheelchair Painting

Improving accessibility is an ongoing priority that benefits everyone in our communities. According to the 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability by Statistics Canada, almost 10 per cent of Calgarian’s identify as having some kind of physical, sensory, cognitive, or other disability.

The City is constantly taking steps to maintain accessibility as a priority. This includes adopting a Corporate Accessibility Policy which guides us in how we provide services to meet the needs of people with disabilities. The City has an Advisory Committee on Accessibility (ACA) which focuses on broad policy issues related to municipal properties, information and services. You can visit for a comprehensive list of City services and programs for people with disabilities.

Related Links

Use these as a jumping off point, but don’t be afraid to push the limits with your ideas. Think big, think differently and think about how you can work with government to make Calgary a better place to live.

Additional Data

To help you build on your ideas, please use the incredible Open Data resources The City of Calgary has to offer. These resources may help you to discover, plan and develop your ideas further.

Our Commitment

Where possible, Civic Innovation YYC will support* the development of great ideas that come from employees, citizens and businesses to improve civic services. We are committing to work with idea submitters to test at least three of the top** ideas submitted on this platform.

* This program uses a "low cost/no cost" prototyping model to support the first stages of testing when exploring an idea. A small budget for materials and resources may be available for the testing at the direction of the Civic Innovation Program and the Challenge Sponsor.

** The final ranking of top ideas is determined in a 2 stage process – first by popular vote, and then through the evaluation by the Civic Innovation Internal Advisory and Challenge Sponsor.

Be bold, be creative and innovate with us!
We want to hear from you.
We want to work with you to help make our City a better place to live, every day.