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Parking rates across Canada continue to soar despite the recession, according to Colliers International survey

Parking costs have increased nationwide for a sixth consecutive year as owners and operators of parking lots resist the economic downturn, according to results from Colliers International’s annual global parking survey.


Monthly parking rates in Canada increased by $20, a robust 9.9 per cent over 2008 levels. The average daily parking rate in Canada rose 9.89 per cent over last year to $17.78 daily, with an average monthly parking rate of $222.75, up 9.94 per cent from 2008. This is in stark contrast to south of the border where average monthly prices fell just 0.9 per cent.


Ian MacCulloch, Vice President of Research, Canada for Colliers International said the Canadian results were indicative of the stability of the Canadian economy when compared to the U.S. 


“The survey results from the U.S. show a decrease in daily and monthly averages which is probably a good indication of some of the challenges their property markets face today,” commented MacCulloch.


Downtown Calgary has the most expensive monthly-unreserved spaces in Canada and is second only to New York (US$500 Downtown, US$550 Midtown) in all of North America with a median monthly rate of US$460. Calgary is followed by Toronto ($305), which is the second most expensive Canadian city to rent a space by the month, with Montreal ($280), Edmonton ($275) and Vancouver ($224) closing the top five destinations. 


All markets surveyed recorded increases in both daily and monthly parking rates with the exception of Montreal, which recorded a 3.45 per cent reduction in the monthly-unreserved median rate and Vancouver, which recorded a reduction in the median daily rate of 2.86 per cent.


The largest increase in parking rates was seen in Winnipeg which had a whopping 72 per cent jump in the median rate for monthly car space rental.


Nancy Searchfield, Canadian Leader of Brokerage Sustainability at Colliers and Vice Chair of the Green Building Council of Canada, said the continuing increase in parking costs is yet another call to action for companies to encourage alternative employee transportation options.


“Employee automobile commuting is often a large component of a company’s carbon footprint. With the ever-increasing awareness of environmental degradation and the urgent need to address climate change, a key carbon-reduction strategy for employers is to reduce parking and related employee automobile use,” commented Searchfield.


“Promoting car pooling and public transit, including subsidizing employee fares, and providing company car-share programs, telecommuting solutions, bike racks, showers and change facilities are all effective ways of reducing car-related carbon impacts, while reducing the costs of providing parking onsite.”


Although Canadian cities such as Calgary and Toronto look very expensive, Canadian parking prices still pale in comparison to monthly parking rates in cities such as London (US$1,020), Tokyo (US$525), Sydney (US$588), Hong Kong (US$748) and New York (US$550 Midtown, US$500 Downtown).


Canadian Parking Rate Breakdown:


Canadian Market

Daily Median Rate (CAD)

Monthly Unreserved Median Rate (CAD)

Calgary, AB



Edmonton, AB



Halifax, NS



Kitchener-Waterloo, ON



Montreal, QC



Ottawa, ON



Regina, SK



Saskatoon, SK



Toronto, ON



Vancouver, BC



Victoria, BC



Winnipeg, MB







Colliers’ survey was conducted in June 2009 and covered a broad selection of 61 metropolitan areas in North America — 49 in the U.S. and 12 in Canada — as well as select cities in Europe and Asia. To access the full list of markets surveyed visit:

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