Analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE) report that, in the third quarter of 2021, Canada’s hotel construction pipeline stands at 257 projects/34,167 rooms. Pipeline projects declined slightly at the close of Q3’21, down 7% by projects and 5% by rooms, year-over-year (YOY).
Projects under construction stand at 70 projects/9,039 rooms, down 20% by projects and 12% by rooms YOY. Projects scheduled to start construction in the next 12 months stand at 85 projects/10,449 rooms, down 17% by projects and 13% by rooms YOY. Projects in the early planning stage show an increase in Q3, with 102 projects/14,679 rooms, up 17% by projects and 9% by rooms YOY.
A recent statement from the Bank of Canada forecasts increased inflation rates through the end of the year, averaging around 4.75 percent. In 2022, it is forecasted to be around 3.4 percent before reverting back to its original target of 2.0 percent by 2023. Even with this increase, developers are optimistic and continue to push projects from the drawing board into the permitting and early planning stage.
Ontario is the most active province for pipeline projects in Canada, standing at 152 projects/18,787 rooms and accounting for 59% of the projects in Canada’s total pipeline. Next is British Columbia, with 32 projects/5,050 rooms, and then Alberta, with 23 projects/3,691 rooms. Together, these three provinces account for 81% of the rooms in Canada’s hotel pipeline.
Markets with the most projects in the pipeline are Toronto with 65 projects/9,123 rooms, at a record high, and claiming 27% of all the rooms in Canada’s construction pipeline. Following distantly are Montreal with 14 projects/2,090 rooms and Niagara Falls with 12 projects/1,885 rooms. These three cities combined account for 35% of the rooms in the total pipeline.
The top franchise companies in Canada’s construction pipeline are Marriott International, at an all-time high project count, with 68 projects/8,460 rooms, followed closely by Hilton Worldwide with a record 66 projects/7,660 rooms, and then InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) with 43 projects/4,357 rooms. These three companies make up 69% of projects in the country’s total construction pipeline.
The top brands in the country’s pipeline at Q3 close are Hampton by Hilton with 28 projects/3,137 rooms and reaching a cyclical peak, IHG’s Holiday Inn Express with 23 projects/2,413 rooms, and Home2 Suites by Hilton with record highs of 16 projects/1,703 rooms. Other notable brands in Canada’s pipeline are Marriott’s TownePlace Suites with a peak project count of 16 projects, accounting for 1,688 rooms, as well as Marriott’s Fairfield Inn with 15 projects/1,428 rooms.
At the end of Q3’21, renovation totals stand at 16 projects/3,080 rooms and conversions hit peak counts, both by projects and rooms, ending the quarter at 68 projects/7,458 rooms. Combined, renovations and conversions reached a cyclical high and closed the quarter at 84 projects/10,538 rooms.
Finally, through the third quarter, Canada opened 28 new hotels/2,914 rooms with an additional 15 new hotels/1,583 rooms scheduled to open before year-end. In 2022, LE forecasts Canada to open 43 new hotels/5,176 rooms.