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Residential construction up in Canada: Statistics Canada


December 12, 2017
By Ground Water Canada

Dec. 12, 2017, Ottawa – Investment in residential construction totalled $35.8 billion in the third quarter, up 9.1 per cent compared with the same period in 2016 and the largest increase in five years.

According to a Statistics Canada report, residential construction investment rose on a year-over-year basis in every province. Ontario, Quebec and Alberta posted the highest increases in the third quarter.

Renovations up in all provinces
All components contributed to the year-over-year increase, led by spending on renovation, up 8.1 per cent to $15.5 billion, followed by construction of single-family homes, up 11 per cent to $8.4 billion.

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Spending on renovation was up in every province for the first time since second quarter of 2006 and was the main driver for the increases in both Ontario (+$614.6 million) and Quebec (+$224.8 million).

Renovations drove the increases in every province except Alberta and Prince Edward Island, where spending was led by investment in new single houses. The $495.2 million increase in Alberta was mainly due to single-home construction (+$396.8 million), which accounted for 80.1 per cent of the total year-over-year increase in the province.

Row house construction reaches a record high
At the national level, investment in row house construction reached a record high of $1.6 billion. In the third quarter, row houses represented over half of the total year-over-year increase for multi-unit building construction, despite accounting for just over one-fifth of total spending for multi-unit buildings.