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ICI permits in Ontario and Alberta stabilize in July


September 8, 2016
By Stats Canada

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Sept. 8, 2016 – Municipalities issued building permits worth $6.5 billion in July, up 0.8% from the previous month. The advance was largely the result of higher construction intentions for institutional and industrial buildings. Ontario and Alberta led the national increase.

In the non-residential sector, the value of building permits advanced 5.6% to $2.4 billion. The gain followed two consecutive months of declines. Increases were reported in four provinces, most notably Ontario.

The value of residential building permits was down 2.0% to $4.0 billion in July, the fourth consecutive monthly decrease. Lower construction intentions were posted in five provinces, with British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec leading the decline.

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Non-residential sector: Higher construction intentions in all components
In July, all three non-residential components posted higher construction intentions, with institutional structures leading the advance, followed by industrial buildings.

The value of permits for institutional buildings rose 9.6% to $740 million in July, the third increase in four months. The advance was largely the result of higher construction intentions for medical facilities and, to a lesser extent, retirement residences. Gains in Ontario offset declines observed in six provinces, led by Saskatchewan.

In the industrial component, the value of permits advanced 17.1% to $418 million, following five consecutive monthly declines. The increase stemmed from higher construction intentions for transportation terminals and, to a lesser degree, maintenance-related buildings. The value of building permits was up in four provinces, most notably Ontario, followed by Alberta and Manitoba.

The value of commercial building permits edged up 0.3% to $1.3 billion in July. Higher construction intentions for office buildings and retail complexes were mostly responsible for the gain. Increases were registered in seven provinces, with Ontario reporting the largest advance.

Provinces: Ontario posts the largest increase
In July, higher construction intentions were reported in four provinces, led by Ontario, followed by Alberta and Manitoba.

The value of building permits in Ontario was up 11.1% to $2.8 billion, following an 8.2% decline in June. The gain was attributable to higher construction intentions for non-residential buildings, led by institutional structures, followed by commercial and industrial buildings. The advance was moderated by a 2.6% decrease in the value of residential dwelling permits.

Following two consecutive monthly declines, the value of building permits in Alberta rose 7.4% to $951 million in July. All components were up, except single-family dwellings. The gain was largely the result of higher construction intentions for multi-family dwellings and industrial buildings.

In Manitoba, the value of building permits increased 17.6% to $230 million. Every component registered a gain, led by industrial buildings and multi-family dwellings.

Conversely, Saskatchewan and Quebec posted the largest declines. In Saskatchewan, the value of building permits was down 44.3%, offsetting the notable advance in June. In Quebec, the 10.1% drop followed two consecutive monthly increases.

Census metropolitan areas: Toronto registers the most significant advance
In July, the value of building permits was up in 14 of the 34 census metropolitan areas. The largest increases were registered in Toronto and Ottawa.

In Toronto, the value of permits rose 18.5% to $1.5 billion. Every component, except single-family dwellings, posted a gain. Higher construction intentions for institutional and commercial buildings were largely responsible for the advance.

The value of building permits in Ottawa was up 58.0% to $339.4 million in July, a second consecutive monthly increase. While every component registered a gain, higher construction intentions for multi-family dwellings led the advance.

In contrast, Saskatoon recorded the largest decrease (-68.1%), following three consecutive monthly increases. While lower construction intentions were reported for all components, institutional buildings accounted for most of the decline.


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