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Ottawa Office Market Report Q1 2022

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Two years since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the impact on the Ottawa office market has not been as dire as some may have predicted. Ottawa’s market fundamentals have been stable over the past year, and Ottawa has had one of the lowest vacancy rates in Canada due to its diversified office market.

  • Vacancy increased by 21 basis points (bps) to 9.8%, while the availability rate decreased by 49 bps to 11.7% in Q1 2022.
  • Overall available sublet space decreased by 46,402 square feet in Q1 2022 and now makes up only 13% of all available space compared to 17% one year ago. 
  • Net asking rental rates increased by 1.2%, to $16.88 per square foot this quarter, due to rising rents for available space in the suburban markets of Ottawa East, South, and Kanata. 
  • Ottawa’s resilient office market has attracted new investors, which has resulted in a flurry of office sales in the past two quarters in the downtown and suburban markets.


Ottawa Office Market Report Q1 2022

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Warren Wilkinson

Managing Director, Ottawa


Company Experience

Warren joined Colliers International in January of 2005.  After ten years as a leasing expert in the greater Ottawa area, Warren started the transition from Sale Representative to Managing Director.  Backed by a strong clientele basis and a working knowledge of the brokerage business, Warren has grown the Colliers Ottawa thought experience and mentorship. 

Prior Experience

After an extensive working experience in Sydney, Australia with the Attorney Generals office in the Compensation Courts of New South Wales, Warren returned to Canada to begin his career in Commercial Real Estate.

Professional Accomplishments

Described by his peers as an eager, passionate worker, Warren is concentrating his efforts on continuing to be a purposeful, strong leader in the Ottawa Commercial Real Estate marketplace.  Warren is always looking for new and positive ways to help grow the Ottawa office’s brand and reputation as the city’s leading, fully integrated commercial real estate firm. 


Warren is an Ottawa native who obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Law from Carleton University in the year 2000.


Warren is actively involved in several sports leagues, a volunteer with Kanata Minor Hockey Association (KMHA), Kanata Little League Baseball Association (KLLBA) and is a member of BOMA Ottawa and the Ottawa Board of Trade.  In addition Warren is a proud alumni of Fight for the Cure – participant.

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Leo Lee

Director, National Research Operations | Canada

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Leo Lee is the Director of National Research Operations | Canada and oversees the strategic direction and operations of Colliers Canada Research. He focuses on developing the capabilities of the national research team that leverages Colliers' best-in-class market intelligence and platforms to provide clients with valuable market insights.

Leo joined Colliers International in 2008 and was most recently the Regional Director of Research for Eastern Canada.

He has over 10 years of experience in the real estate market across Canada and New Zealand and draws on his professional experience as a commercial appraiser and real estate consultant.

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