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Property Rights Index - Canada Compared to North America

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Canada 88
USA 81

Canada: Property rights index

A subcomponent of the Index of Economic Freedom, the property rights index measures the degree to which a countrys laws protect private property rights, and the degree to which its government enforces those laws.

Higher scores are more desirable, i.e. property rights are better protected. Scores are from 0 to 100.

The index also assesses the likelihood that private property will be expropriated and analyzes the independence of the judiciary, the existence of corruption within the judiciary, and the ability of individuals and businesses to enforce contracts.

The Global Property Guide considers protection of property rights as a significant factor affecting the desirability of a residential real estate investment.

Source: The Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal


Canada has some of the best housing data in the world. National Bank releases a monthly house price index composite of 11 cities. The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has statistics on house prices, housing construction activities and rent. CMHC's Housing Market Outlook and Rental Reports summarize this data. The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) produces forecasts of house sales activities and has statistics on median house prices (MLS). Scotia Bank reviews current developments in the real estate market.

General economics statistics are available from the Reserve Bank of Canada. There are also weekly updates of economic trends from the Bank of Scotia.