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Non-residential building investment on upward curve in Canada

July 19, 2016

Photo: Manitoba Hydro building, Winnipeg.

Photo: Manitoba Hydro building, Winnipeg.

Things are looking up for non-residential building construction in Canada in the second quarter of the year, based on Statistics Canada’s latest figures.

Investment in non-residential buildings as a whole, i.e. commercial, institutional and industrial, rose 0.2%. While this amount doesn’t sound like much, it comes on the heels of five consecutive quarterly declines.

The rise occurred in four provinces, with Ontario leading the pack, followed by British Columbia and Manitoba. The largest declines were in Alberta and Quebec. Alberta suffered its fifth consecutive quarterly decline.

In terms of cities, spending rose in 14 of the 34 metropolitan areas during the second quarter. Winnipeg and Ottawa posted the largest gains. In Montreal investment was down for the fifth consecutive quarter, mainly due to a drop in the construction of institutional buildings.


Investment in commercial buildings across Canada rose 0.9% to $7.4 billion, while investment in industrial buildings also rose 0.9%, to $1.8 billion. Investment in institutional projects fell 1.6%, to $3.4 billion, with lower spending on medical facilities cited as the primary reason for the declines.

To read the full Statistics Canada report of July 15, click here.



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