Newmark Knight Frank Devencore

Newmark Knight Frank Devencore

October 27, 2011 07:30 ET

Newmark Knight Frank Devencore Reports on Greater Ottawa Office Market

Downtown vacancy rate poised to rise significantly

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 27, 2011) - In its Real Estate Market Study published today, Newmark Knight Frank Devencore reported that the office vacancy rate in downtown Ottawa should rise considerably over the next 2-3 years, opening up a range of opportunities for tenants that have not existed for most of the past decade. The possibility of new office towers being built for the private sector, coupled with the intention of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) to vacate a substantial amount of its space downtown, is driving this shift in the market dynamic.

Through the first half of 2011, vacancy rates in Class "A" buildings stood at 4.0%, and approximately 395,000 square feet was available for lease or sublet. Class "B" vacancy rates registered a very low 1.8%, and less than 150,000 square feet was available.

"We anticipate that vacancy rates in downtown Ottawa could double--to 6% or higher--over the next couple of years," said Don Marks, Director, Advisory and Corporate Services for Devencore Real Estate Services Ltd. "As a result, rental rates should soften and tenants will be presented with a greater range of opportunities. Any increase in vacancy rates, however, may be tempered by the degree to which federal buildings are taken off the market for retrofitting."

Combined Class "A" and Class "B" vacancy rates in Kanata held at 15% mid-year, down slightly from 16.3% at the end of 2010. These vacancy rates may soon fall, however, as two major tenants of the Nortel Campus--Ericsson and Avaya--recently announced that they would be moving their operations to Kanata, and collectively absorbing approximately 300,000 square feet of space.

"The accelerated space absorption in Kanata being driven by the Nortel exodus may be a temporary and limited phenomenon," Mr. Marks cautioned. "Nevertheless, over the short to medium term, tenants seeking leasing opportunities here will have to research emerging market trends carefully."

Across the rest of Canada, corporate real estate markets have remained relatively healthy in 2011. The overall vacancy rate in Class "A" and Class "B" office buildings in Canada's major cities dropped from 6.8% to 5.4% over the first half of the year, and total vacant space fell from 14 million square feet to just over 11 million square feet.

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  • Sylvie Bachand
    Director, Marketing and Communications
    514-392-1330, ext. 225
    Newmark Knight Frank Devencore
    Devencore Ltd.