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Centre for Municipal Studies

The Centre for Municipal Studies team performs economic research, analysis, and quarterly forecasts for Canada’s cities and towns. The team disseminates its products and services through a variety of means, including reports, webinars, presentations, and blog posts. In addition, the Centre conducts a wide range of custom research projects for private and public sector organizations in both English and in French. The Centre for Municipal Studies is composed of six professional economists who together bring expertise in municipal economic research, forecasting, and analysis.

Our Products and Services

Metropolitan Outlook

These reports provide five-year forecasts of key demographic and economic indicators for 29 Census Metropolitan Areas in Canada, including detailed analyses of employment and output trends by industry.

Mid-Sized Cities Outlook

This publication offers a historical economic portrait and a two-year economic forecast for Canada’s mid-sized cities. The report includes information on demographics, the housing market, the labour market (including employment by industry, the labour force and the unemployment rate) and gross domestic product.

Metropolitan Housing Starts

The monthly Metropolitan Housing Starts publication highlights the recent trends in housing starts for 28 metropolitan areas and expectations for starts over both the short and long term. This publication comes at no charge.

Metropolitan Resale Snapshot

The monthly Metropolitan Resale Snapshot provides an overview of the existing home market and expectations for existing home price growth over the short term for 28 areas. This publication comes at no charge.

Custom Research

The Centre for Municipal Studies completes a wide range of custom research projects with public and private sector organizations every year. Examples of contract research projects include economic impact analyses, economic model development, medium and long-term forecasts, and city benchmarking.


Our webinars typically last 60 minutes and cover a wide range of topics, with many focusing on a forecast for a specific city or forecasts for a group of cities. Webinars such as these typically discuss indicators like real GDP growth, employment, the housing market, population growth, migration flows, personal income, and retail spending.

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Interested in more data? You can find it on e-Data.

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Population and Labour Market

  • Total population
  • Net international migration
  • Net interprovincial migration
  • Net intercity migration
  • Natural increase in population
  • Labour force
  • Employment
  • Unemployment
  • Unemployment rate
  • Participation rate

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Housing Market

  • Housing starts—total
  • Housing starts—singles
  • Housing starts—multiples
  • Housing completions—total
  • Housing completions—singles
  • Housing completions—multiples

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Personal Income

  • Household income
  • Primary household income
  • Compensation of employees
  • Wages and salaries
  • Supplementary labour income
  • Other primary household income
  • Transfers received by households
  • Transfers received by households from non-profit institutions serving households, corporations, and non-residents
  • Transfers received by households from general governments—employee insurance benefits
  • Transfers received by households from general governments—social security benefits
  • Transfers received by households from general governments—other benefits
  • Household disposable income
  • Transfers paid by households
  • Transfers paid by households to non-profit institutions serving households
  • Transfers paid by households to corporations
  • Transfers paid by households to general governments
  • Transfers paid by households to general governments, personal income tax
  • Transfers paid by households to general governments, other transfers to government
  • Transfers paid by households to non-residents
  • Wages and salaries per employee

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GDP and Employment by Industry

  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Primary and utilities
  • Wholesale trade
  • Retail trade
  • Transportation and warehousing
  • Information and cultural services
  • Wholesale and retail trade
  • Finance and insurance, real estate and rental and leasing, and building, business and other support services
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services
  • Educational services
  • Health care and social assistance
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Other services
  • Public administration

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A Light at the End of the Pipeline? The 2018-19 Metropolitan Outlook for Edmonton and Calgary, Live Webinar by Alan Arcand, September 21, 2018 at 01:00 PM EDT