Newmark Knight Frank Devencore Reports on Active Toronto Industrial Market - Spring 2016

Tenant Demand for New Inventory Remains Strong

Toronto - In its Industrial Real Estate Market Study published today, Newmark Knight Frank Devencore reported that availability rates in industrial properties across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) have dropped to approximately 4.0%, as low as they have been for the past few years. In part, this tightening of the market reflects the changing face of the GTA's industrial activity. Large retail, e-commerce, logistics, distribution and warehousing businesses are beginning to overshadow manufacturing operations.

"The rapid growth of these tenant classes is generating the increasingly strong demand for larger state-of-the-art distribution centers," said Rob Renaud, Managing Principal/Broker of Record at Newmark Knight Frank Devencore's Toronto West office1. "At the moment, options are extremely limited for tenants requiring this type of space. This is despite the fact that almost 6 million square feet of industrial and logistics space was added to the GTA over the past eighteen months, representing the largest addition of such product since 2008."

Tenants currently seeking larger blocks of space will have a significant impact on space availability throughout this market in the months ahead.  However, Mr. Renaud noted that the space squeeze should begin to ease in the coming year or two based on current speculative development, which will see an additional 5.2 million square feet of industrial space delivered to the market, mostly in the GTA West.

Across the rest of the country, the economy has continued to be challenged by global oil prices that have plummeted to historic lows and a currency that has declined significantly against the U.S. dollar. Those provinces whose life-blood is the oil industry--Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Saskatchewan to a somewhat lesser degree--are feeling the impact the most. On the other hand, Ontario and British Columbia are expected to register solid growth in 2016, driven by the export, distribution and logistics and manufacturing sectors, which are being helped along by strong U.S. demand.

"Conventional wisdom holds that the effects of a low Canadian dollar are generally positive for the GTA's industrial sector, and indeed the manufacturing and export sectors are reaping some benefits," said Sean Fiset, Vice President and Sales Representative at Newmark Knight Frank Devencore's Toronto West office1.  "However, the fact remains that a low Canadian dollar signals the market's general lack of faith in the economy, and this may have an impact on investment over the longer term. As the shift continues to evolve from idle warehouses and retail power centres to the growth of high-throughput distribution centres and e-commerce fulfilment centres which cater to the needs of today's "on-demand" society, the landscape of the industrial real estate market will continue to change."


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For further information contact:

Rob Renaud
Managing Principal
Broker of Record
Newmark Knight Frank Devencore

1 Devencore Realties Corporation
(Toronto West) Ltd., Brokerage
1 Eva Road, Suite 409
Toronto, Ontario M9C 4Z5

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