- The Metro Vancouver office market finished 2019 with a record low vacancy rate of 3.7%, a 10 basis point (bps) decrease quarter-over-quarter and 190 bps year-over-year.
- Vacancy in the Downtown core fell 10 bps from Q3 2019, a bellwether of continued strong demand for office space.
- Suburban markets built on a stellar Q3 performance, with the vacancy rate holding steady at an all-time low of 5.2%.
- As 2019 closed, vacancy decreased across all markets year-over-year. This trend is anticipated to continue through 2020 with high expectations for upcoming developments.
- As of September 2019, Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP) inched up by 10 bps month-over-month and gained 1.6% year-over-year. In the same period, Greater Vancouver’s GDP grew by 2.8%.
- British Columbia’s Consumer Price Index was reported at 2.2% by Statistics Canada in November 2019.
- In November 2019, BC’s unemployment rate settled at 5.0%, remaining the lowest in Canada (5.9%nationally).
- In December 2019, the Bank of Canada maintained overnight rate target steady at 1.75%.