After Donald Trump got elected president of the United States last November, the Google search 'Move to Canada' was done in record numbers; In fact, the idea of relocating to the United States’ northern neighbor became so prevalent, that a columnist for one of the nation’s largest daily newspapers, The Washington Post, wrote a piece detailing just how difficult it was for US citizens to pick up and relocate across the northern border.
No matter the nature of one’s politics, Canada has recently become a source of fascination for travelers from the United States, as well as those from across of the rest of the globe. With a mixture of wintery attractions, beautiful coastal areas in the West, and world-class cities like Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto, Canada is becoming increasingly relevant in the global hospitality.
With this in mind, it’s important for operators to take note of the projects under development in Canada. According to information from TOPHOTELPROJECTS database, there are presently 41 hotel construction projects underway.
Of these projects, eight are in the planning phase, and four others are in the even less substantial pre-planning phase. Twenty-two projects are under construction, meaning ground has been broken and seven are actually in the pre-opening phase, meaning that construction has been completed and the final preparations are being made for the facilities to be opened to the public.
The locations, of course, are also worth noting. This may come as a surprise to those who are familiar with Canada, but the state that is currently home to the most ongoing hotel construction projects is not Ontario or Québec, but actually the less heralded and more remote interior state of Alberta, where six projects are currently around in Edmonton and another five are ongoing in the Calgary area.
By comparison, six projects are located in British Colombia, ten in Ontario, nine in Québec, and two more in the smaller eastern coastal state of Nova Scotia.
Less surprising, is that of all the metropolitan areas in Canada, the leading cities are Toronto with eight and Montreal with six projects. Meanwhile, Vancouver, which is on the western coast and not far across the border from the US city of Seattle, is home to a total of five new hotel construction projects in and around town.