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Metropolitan Economic Trends

Since 1997, The Centre for Municipal Studies has produced quarterly forecast for Canada’s Census Metropolitan Areas. In recent years, the Centre has expanded beyond its days as an economic forecasting group. While keeping a strong economic component, the Centre now encompasses all the socio-economic factors necessary to enable a city to become dynamic, prosperous and attractive to new business opportunities and a skilled workforce.

With over 300 public and private sector client firms and 1,250 users, the Centre has a 15 year track record of helping businesses, financial institutions, municipalities and government agencies to:

  • Evaluate development initiatives 
  • Assess policy impacts 
  • Target investment dollars 
  • Perform comparative analysis of Census Metropolitan Areas (CMA’s)

By providing insight and analysis, we strive to enable city governments to better understand:

  • The state of their own economy ─ their own GDP, retail sales, housing starts, major employers
  • How they compare to similar-sized cities, to their own province and to the country
  • Where the opportunities for growth may be found and conversely what threats may be looming.

Custom Research

The Centre for Municipal Studies has completed a wide range of projects with public and private sector organizations, in English and French, most recently: 

  • Portrait de l’économie du Nord du Québec 
  • Les communautés rurales: L’autre moteur économique du Québec 
  • City Magnets II : Benchmarking the Attractiveness of 50 Canadian Cities 
  • An Economic Model for the City of Calgary 
  • Condominium Market Outlook: Insights into the Apartment Condominium Market in Eight Large Canadian Metropolitan Areas  
  • Metropolitan Housing Outlook: An in-depth Analysis for Canada, The Provinces and 9 Metro areas 
  • Projections de l’emploi à long terme pour le territoire de la communauté métropolitaine de Montreal

What we can do for you:

Working with all the economists in the Economic Performance and Trends team, The Centre for Municipal Studies can deliver custom analysis to meet your needs across targeted business area, industry, CMA, Region and Country.

You will receive: 

  • in-depth economic analysis 
  • assess the potential impact of new or proposed policies 
  • short and long term forecasts while providing historical data 
  • rankings of CMAs and associated provinces using established indices

We invite you to discuss your unique requirements with us. Contact Jo-Leen Folz

Report Subscriptions

Every employee at your organization will get access to the research through our e-Library

Metropolitan Economic Trends – Package 1 (13 Large CMAs)

Starting at annual fee: $1,980 for one CMA*

Our five-year economic insights into the economies of Canada’s 13 largest census metropolitan areas (CMAs), updated three times a year—the only market-by-market forecast of the full set of economic indicators necessary for success.

CMAs: Halifax, Québec City, Montréal, Ottawa-Gatineau, Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria.

Metropolitan Economic Trends: 15 CMAs

Starting at annual fee: $1,680 for one CMA*

Our five-year economic forecast into 15 economies of Canada’s metropolitan areas, updated twice during the year. Canada's only market-by-market forecast of the full set of economic indicators necessary for success

CMAs: Chicoutimi-Jonquière, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Moncton, Oshawa, Saint John, Sherbrooke, St. Catharines-Niagara, St. John's, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Trois-Rivières, Windsor, Abbotsford

Forecast Data Subscriptions

The data is available through our e-Data website

Metropolitan Forecast Database Service

Starting at $2,035 annually for one CMA

Five-year forecasts for 28 Canadian census metropolitan areas (CMA). More than 100 indicators for each CMA.

CMAs: Abbotsford, Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Windsor, London, Kitchener, St. Catharines–Niagara, Hamilton, Oshawa, Toronto, Sudbury, Kingston, Ottawa–Gatineau, Montreal, Sherbrooke, Saguenay, Trois-Rivières, Quebec City, Moncton, Halifax, Saint John, and St. John’s.

Historical Database Subscriptions


Starting at $1.99 per series—volume discounts are also available

Statistics Canada’s socio-economic database includes more than 35 million data series on labour, prices, income, trade, education, manufacturing, investment and more (updated immediately upon release).


Starting at $1.99 per series—volume discounts are also available

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s database contains more than 4,000 time series on the Canadian housing market, such as average rents, completions by dwelling type, mortgage loan approvals (updated immediately upon release). 

For More Information

Contact our Sales Team by email or by phone at 1-888-801-8818.

Metro Monthly Monitors

Metropolitan Housing Starts
Metro Resale Snapshot

Commentaries from the Centre for Municipal Studies

Read the latest commentaries from the Centre for Municipal Studies

The Green Machine: Will Saskatchewan Roughriders Continue Province's Winning Streak?

November 20, 2013

Why Population Growth Matters So Much to Canada's Cities

February 28, 2013

Canada’s Cities: Struggling Financially But Still Solvent

August 30, 2012

Rankings of Cities

Read City Magnets II: Benchmarking the Attractiveness of 50 Canadian Cities

1 Calgary A
2 Waterloo A
3 Ottawa A
4 Richmond Hill A
5 Vancouver A
6 St. John's A
7 Edmonton B
8 Victoria B
9 Markham B
10 Vaughan B
11 Kingston B
12 Oakville B
13 Guelph B
14 Toronto B
15 London B
16 Halifax B
17 Levis B
18 Regina B
19 Québec B
20 Burlington B
21 Sherbrooke C
22 Winnipeg C
23 Gatineau C
24 Mississauga C
25 Richmond C
26 Kitchener C
27 Burnaby C

Metropolitan Economics Team

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Pedro Antunes
Deputy Chief Economist and Executive Director

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Alan Arcand
Associate Director

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Jane McIntyre
Senior Economist

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Robin Wiebe
Senior Economist

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Constantinos Bougas

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Christopher Heschl

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Henry Diaz