Canada Life Real Estate Fund

Established in 2005, the Canada Life Real Estate Fund invests in units of the Great-West Life Real Estate Fund. 


Fund Performance

as of September 30, 2021


in real estate assets


in total assets



Source of Return

Income 5.2%4.7%4.8%4.5%4.5%4.5%4.3%4.2%3.8%2.8%
Capital 14.5%6.1%2.6%0.1%0.9%1.8%2.7%4.9%(1.3)%4.9%
Total 19.7%10.8%7.4%4.7%5.4%6.3%7.1%9.1%2.5%7.7%

Compound rates of return

(gross of investment management fees)
Three Month – Q3 3.16%
Year-to-date 7.69%
One Year 9.20%
Three Year 6.95%
Five Year 6.84%
Ten Year 8.49%

Diversification by property type

By property type (millions)

Retail 10.1% $ 594
Office 33.2% $ 1,960
Industrial 26.2% $ 1,547
Residential 24.6% $ 1,451
Other 5.9% $ 347

Diversification by region

By region (millions)

British Columbia 10.6% $ 623
Alberta 10.6% $ 624
Prairies 1.4% $ 82
Ontario 67.6% $ 3,997
Quebec 8.5% $ 502
Atlantic 1.0% $ 56
U.S. 0.3% $ 15

Quarterly Highlights

Q3 2021 Canada Life Real Estate Fund Bulletin

The Canadian Real Estate Fund No.1 capped off the third period of 2021 by posting a gross quarterly return of 3.2%, raising the year-to-date figure to 7.7% and the trailing twelve-month mark to 9.2%.   Income returns remained steady as occupancy in the portfolio improved to better than 91% while the Industrial component of the Fund continued to drive robust capital performance.  Key takeaways from the third quarter follow.

Home Depot Distribution Ctr, Calgary, AB
1 Adelaide Street, Toronto, ON
Vancouver Centre II, Vancouver, BC
Financing Activity

Located in South East Calgary, AB, and leased to Home Depot on a long-term basis, the Fund completed a $70M, ten-year loan on the 1.1 million square foot distribution centre at a fixed interest rate of 2.6%.  The facility features interest only payments for the full term, preserving efficient leverage and improving the Fund’s LTV by 70bps to 18.3%. 

2021 GRESB Results

GRESB is the global environmental, social and governance (ESG) benchmark for real assets. The 2021 benchmark covers more than 1,520 property companies, representing US $5.7 trillion in real asset value.

In Q3, the Fund made its fourth submission into the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), and it was recognized as a top performer. The Fund earned a GRESB ‘5 Star’ (top quintile) rating and placed among the top 11% of participants in the ‘Diversified/Non-listed/Core’ category. The Fund attained full marks in GRESB’s ‘Management Component’ for its robust ESG leadership, policies, reporting, risk management, and stakeholder engagement activities.

1 Adelaide Complex

Located at the southeast corner of Yonge and Adelaide in Toronto, ON, the property includes 1 Adelaide Street East, a 30-storey LEED® Gold certified office tower, 20 Victoria Street, a nine-storey boutique office building, and 85 Yonge Street, a three-storey retail building.  In Q3 the asset was awarded the “The National Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY)” for Office Buildings in the 500,000 sq ft to 1 million sq ft category.  Judging is based on building standards; community impact; tenant relations; energy conservation; environmental, regulatory and sustainability practices; emergency preparedness and security standards. 

Also in Q3, the building participated in the Rick Hansen Foundation’s ‘Buildings Without Barriers Challenge’ and attained the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC). Through participation in the Challenge, the Fund manager was able to demonstrate to employees and tenants its commitment to creating accessible spaces for all.

Looking Ahead

After a pause through the first couple of quarters of the pandemic, Q3 Canadian investment activity picked up where it left off and produced the third highest volume on record*.   Development forms a key component of Fund strategy as it provides the ability to deliver premium risk adjusted returns in an otherwise extremely competitive investment market.  From recently completed projects such as Livmore at High Park Village ( to active sites like Vancouver Centre II  ( ) and a significant long-term pipeline, the Fund is well positioned to continue to grow in prioritized markets and asset classes through its market leading development platform. 


The Segregated Funds described in this bulletin are offered through a variable insurance contract issued by The Canada Life Assurance Company.

Please note that unit values and investment returns will fluctuate, and past performance is not necessarily indicative of future performance.

For IVIC investors: A description of the key features of the segregated fund policy is contained in the information folder.


Latest annual report

Latest bulletin

Past Performance Reports

Quarterly Bulletins

Q3 Bulletin PDF (490 KB)
Q2 2021 Bulletin PDF (489 KB)
Q1 2021 Bulletin PDF (632 KB)
Q4 2020 Bulletin PDF (295 KB)

Annual Reports

Canadian Real Estate Investment Fund - Annual Report 2020 PDF (6 MB)
Canadian Real Estate Investment Fund - Annual Report 2019 PDF (5 MB)
Canadian Real Estate Investment Fund - Annual Report 2018 PDF (4 MB)
Canadian Real Estate Investment Fund – Annual Report 2017 PDF (4 MB)

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