Survey of Commercial Rents

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The Commercial Rents Services Price Index (CRSPI) measures the change over time in the lease rates of commercial building space in Canada.

A detailed methodology for the CRSPI is available in the Prices Analytical Series found at:


This information is collected under the authority of the Statistics Act, Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985, Chapter S-19.


Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information it collects which could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Statistics Canada will use the information from this survey for statistical purposes.

Record linkage

In order to enhance the information you provide in this survey, Statistics Canada plans to combine the responses relating to your organization with the information you previously provided on this survey. Statistics Canada may also combine the information you provide with other survey or administrative data sources.

Security of emails and faxes

Statistics Canada advises you that there could be a risk of disclosure during the transmission of information by facsimile or e-mail. However, upon receipt, Statistics Canada will provide the guaranteed level of protection afforded all information collected under the authority of the Statistics Act. Note: There is no risk of disclosure if you are completing a web-based questionnaire online.

Return procedures

Please return the questionnaire within 15 days.
Please mail the completed questionnaire in the enclosed envelope or fax it to Statistics Canada at 1-888-883-7999.
If unable to complete within 15 days OR if you need help, call us at 1-877-949-9492.

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Introduction statement

The data collected in this quarterly survey are used to produce indexes that measure the price changes of commercial rents. Businesses use these indexes to gain a better understanding of their industry and assess their performance, while Statistics Canada uses these indexes to estimate inflation adjusted growth and productivity from this sector of the economy. This survey applies to all lessors of commercial property in Canada, engaged in the provision of space to others for rent, which are not used as residences or dwellings. Mini-warehouses are excluded from this definition.

Your information may also be used by Statistics Canada for other statistical and research purposes.

You are legally required to complete this questionnaire according to the Statistics Act.

Your participation is vital to ensuring that the information collected in this survey is accurate and comprehensive.

Building Information

Does your business still own or manage the same building that you previously reported?

  • 1: Yes
  • 3: No

Please complete this questionnaire for:

  • 1: Building name:
  • 2: Number and street:
  • 3: City:
  • 4: Province, territory or state:
  • 5: Postal code/Zip code:
  • 6: Year constructed:
  • 7: Number of floors:
  • 8: Total leasable square footage of the building:
  • 9: Total leasable square footage occupied by owner:

How would you classify this building based on the highest gross leasing revenue during the reference period?

  • 1: Office building
  • 2: Retail building
  • 3: Industrial building or Warehouse (except mini-warehouse)
  • 4: Other - specify:

Tenant and Rent Information

For Month 1, Month 2 and, Month 3 please answer the following questions for the same building that you selected in previous section.

Tenant and Rent Information - Question identifier:a.

How many tenants occupied space in the building at the beginning of each month?

Tenant and Rent Information - Question identifier:b.

What was the total square footage occupied by all tenants?

Tenant and Rent Information - Question identifier:c.

What was the total monthly net effective rent charged?

Tenant and Rent Information - Question identifier:d.

What was the dollar value of percentage rent, if applicable?

Please comment on any large change(s) between the months listed above.

  • a: Reason(s) for changes greater than approximately 10% in number of tenants for building:
  • b: Reason(s) for changes greater than approximately 10% in total square feet occupied by tenants:
  • c: Reason(s) for changes greater than approximately 10% in net effective rent:
  • d: Reason(s) for changes greater than approximately 10% in percentage rent:
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