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Press Release

May 31, 2022

University District Named Canada’s Best Growing Community by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA)

In just a few short years since its inception, the desirable northwest Calgary community is quickly gaining national attention.

University District (U/D) is the winner of Canada’s Best Growing Community Award recognized by the CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence. As U/D’s developer, University of Calgary Properties Group is the proud recipient of this award, along with the many accolades and distinctions the community has earned within a relatively short period of time. The 2022 CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence winners were selected from 800 entries across 48 categories by a group of nearly 200 judges from across the country.

U/D has become a lively events hub in Northwest Calgary hosting night markets, farmer stands, and winter festivals throughout the year.

The first residents moved into University District in 2018, just three years after construction started in 2015. Today, University District is home to more than 2,000 residents, over 20 retailers (with more opening in the coming weeks), 40 acres of park and green spaces, unique signature pop-up events that bring the community together, state-of-the-art office spaces and excellent transit and pathway access.

Says James Robertson, President and CEO of University of Calgary Properties Group, “From day one, we have had ambitious goals for University District, and thanks to the commitment of our team, partners, Board members and our strong relationship with the University of Calgary, we are meeting and exceeding many of our targets. We have never wavered from our desire to establish a creative and vibrant community, and this award recognizes that our unique approach is paving the way for what modern and mindful living can look like.”

University District most recently launched a series of Monthly Night Markets, which will run through to September on the last Wednesday of every month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Retail Main Street Central Plaza. Weekly fresh produce stands and a Village Ice Cream pop-up in support of I Can For Kids also adds to the vibrancy of the community.

University District continues to be the best-selling Master Planned urban community in Calgary since its launch in 2017.

From a residential perspective, University District offers a variety of homes to suit a broad range of lifestyles and demographics, from young professionals through to aging in place options for seniors or those experiencing declining health. Continues Robertson, “A compelling feature of University District is our ability to work with incredible building partners to offer an array of residential options, including modern condominiums and townhouses, spacious single-level condominiums, amenity-rich rental units as well as seniors’ care and wellness. In addition, the construction of the Alt Hotel makes University District an attractive choice for those looking for a community where they can live, work and play.”

Follow University District on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest information about retail and residential offerings, news and upcoming events.

About University of Calgary Properties Group

University of Calgary Properties Group Ltd. (UCPG) was created by the University of Calgary to oversee the development and management of university land projects. With a financial model that provides an innovative approach to land development, residual profits from UCPG are directed back to the University to fuel its academic mission. Setting a high standard for sustainable and progressive neighbourhood design, UCPG’s team and 14-member board of directors are dedicated to creating, developing and managing premier communities. With the masterplan for University District underway and portfolio diversification with University Innovation Quarter, UCPG is delivering on creating amazing places for people to thrive.

About University District

To the west of the University of Calgary and overlooking the Bow River and Rocky Mountains, University District is a comprehensive 200-acre community with a bold new vision for urban life in Calgary. Through a collaborative, people-first design process, the master planning and thorough engagement program forged strong respect between local stakeholders and UCPG. The neighbourhood applies the best ideas in city design and incorporates the wants and needs of surrounding legacy communities – weaving current aesthetic, technology, and lifestyle options into the strong social fabric of the city. University District is the 2022 national winner of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) Award for Best Growing Community.

For more information about University District, visit its Discovery Centre at 4410 University Ave. N.W., Calgary (just north of the Alberta Children’s Hospital) or go online: and visit Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, #UDLife.

Media Relations Contacts

Maureen Henderson
VP, Community Experience
University of Calgary Properties Group
(403) 992-8388


Paula Worthington
Worthington PR & Story
(403) 585-2429