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Types of REITs

Hotels: Canada’s popularity as both a vacation destination and global business hub continues to grow each year, fueling the hospitality industry. Canadian REITs are consolidating a fragmented hotel market where new supply is generally cost prohibitive.

Nursing and retirement homes: The aging population has created a steadily increasing demand for nursing and retirement facilities that will continue exponentially over the next 40 years.

Office buildings: Low vacancy rates and limited new supply are attractive characteristics for ownership of Canadian office buildings. This sector also tends to have a high quality of tenancy enhancing the stability of the income stream and limiting turnover costs.

Residential: Properties such as apartment buildings are an extremely stable investment as tenant demand is high in both good times and bad. Growth in this sector is being driven by the recent relaxation of rent controls in certain Canadian markets and a growing trend among one-time homeowners choosing to rent for flexibility and location.

Retail: Unenclosed supermarket-anchored retail properties, dominant enclosed shopping centres, and new format retail centres are meeting consumer demand for both convenience and a retail entertainment experience. Canadian REITs in this sector have the innovation and capital required to meet the demands of this ever-evolving industry.

Industrial: Industrial is the largest real estate asset class in Canada, offering a highly stable tenant base and low costs in terms of maintenance, capital improvements and tenant inducements. Diversified- Investors can also choose a single REIT that diversifies in some or all of the above categories.

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