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Non-residential construction intention gains led by large permits in Ontario and British Columbia: StatCan

October 11, 2023  By Statistics Canada

The total monthly value of building permits in Canada increased 3.4% in August to $11.9 billion, with strong gains in the non-residential sector offsetting modest declines in residential construction intentions. On a constant dollar basis (2012=100), the total value of building permits was up 4.3% to $6.9 billion in August.

 The total monthly value of non-residential permits rose 14.8% to $5.0 billion in August, with gains concentrated in Ontario (+28.5% or +$503.8 million) and British Columbia (+45.5% or +$326.2 million). Notably high-value non-residential permits were issued in August for two hospital renovations (in Toronto and North Vancouver), a new university building in Kelowna, a new correctional facility in Thunder Bay, and a new arena in Whitby.



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