• In 2011, the proportion of seniors in Canada was among the lowest of the G7 countries.
• Conversely, in 2011, the working-age population (those aged 15 to 64) represented 68.5% of the Canadian population. This proportion was higher than in any other G7 country.
• A high working age population will continually provide Canada with high demand in commercial property.
AREA PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
• Canada systematically ranks among the top countries in standard of living and business attractiveness.
• PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ Cities of Opportunity report on 26 global cities ranking Toronto (our main geographical target) among the top five in 2011 and 2012 in key categories including Intellectual capital and innovation (2nd), livability (3rd), Ease of doing business (5th) , Health, safety and security (2nd) and Sustainability (5th), Demographics and), and 3rd overall.
RENTAL INCOME EXPECTATIONS
• As shown on the graphs below, Toronto market transactions are stable in 2012- 2013.
• Lease rates and sale prices increase steadily. Total leasing activity increases moderately backed up by stable sales activities.
• Toronto’s commercial real estate market is evidently not exposed to high downside volatility as numbers of transactions, sale prices and lease rates all perform well. This underpins a healthy and stable commercial real estate market.