1981

GWLRA’s first pension fund was created

$4.8B

Canada Life’s Participating Direct Real Estate

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Three segregated real estate funds that enable investors to diversify their holdings with high-quality, income-producing properties.

Real Estate Investment Funds
Three segregated real estate funds that enable investors to diversify their holdings with high-quality, income-producing properties.
PAR Direct Real Estate
Direct Real Estate Investment is a core component of the Canada Life Participating Account’s long-term strategy. GWL Realty Advisors Inc. manages Canada Life Participating Account’s $4.8 billion Real Estate portfolio.

Real Estate Investment Funds

Three segregated real estate funds that enable investors to diversify their holdings with high-quality, income-producing properties.

Fund Background

The Great-West Life Assurance Company (Great-West Life) created the Canadian Real Estate Investment Fund No. 1 (CREIF) in 1981, as a vehicle for pension funds, registered group savings plans and individual Canadians to invest in direct real estate. Today, CREIF – or the Great-West Life Real Estate Fund, as it’s more commonly known – is one of Canada’s largest open-ended funds of its kind.

Great-West Life’s acquisition of London Life Insurance Company in 1997 added a real estate portfolio of high-quality office buildings in Ontario and Quebec, which led to the subsequent creation in 1998 of a second segregated real estate fund, the London Life Real Estate Fund (LLREF).

Upon acquiring Canada Life, Great-West Life created a third segregated real estate fund, the Canada Life Real Estate Fund, in 2006. This fund invests in units of CREIF.

Investment Merits

The three funds share an objective of generating strong, long-term returns for investors through secure, recurring cash flow from leases and the potential for capital appreciation. To generate these returns, we pursue a disciplined approach to buying, selling and managing the fund portfolios. Under our stewardship, the funds have delivered attractive historical returns.

People

High-quality real estate portfolio

Performance

Conservative risk profile

Transparency and governance

People

Experienced management and servicing team

Full service real estate platform with nine operational offices

Development Projects

While the three funds primarily pursue an income-producing strategy, they selectively participate in development to provide access to new-generation, best-in-class investments. When successfully executed, this complementary strategy creates value and generates stronger risk-adjusted returns.

Responsible Investing

GWL Realty Advisors prioritizes environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors as a way of managing risk and contributing to long-term performance. We integrate four ESG objectives into the management and development of each segregated fund’s portfolio:

  • Operate efficient and healthy buildings to improve financial performance, lower operating costs and enhance tenant satisfaction.
  • Certify 100% of the eligible portfolio under a green certification system.
  • Make positive contributions in the communities where the Fund invests.
  • Conduct business with honesty and integrity.

Our commitment to sustainability has consistently earned high marks from the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), the world’s leading benchmark used by institutional investors to evaluate companies’ ESG-related management practices and the sustainability performance of portfolios.


PAR Direct Real Estate

Direct Real Estate Investment is a core component of the Canada Life Participating Account’s long-term strategy. GWL Realty Advisors Inc. manages Canada Life Participating Account’s $4.8 billion Real Estate portfolio.

 

With over $48 billion in assets under management, Canada Life’s Participating Account is Canada’s largest open participating life insurance account. Having continuously distributed dividends to policy owners since 1848, Canada Life proudly services over 1.6 million participating life insurance policy holders.

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