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October 2009 (Previous release)

The value of building permits rose 18.0% in October to $6.1 billion. The increase was mainly a result of gains in the value of non-residential permits and in construction intentions for single-family dwellings.

Total value of permits

In the residential sector, the value of permits was up for a third consecutive month. Residential construction intentions climbed 3.8% to $3.4 billion. Ontario and Quebec accounted for much of the growth seen at the national level.

In the non-residential sector, municipalities issued permits worth $2.7 billion, up 42.4% following a 9.2% decline in September. All three components of non-residential construction permits increased in October.

The total value of building permits increased in six provinces, led by Alberta and Ontario.

Municipalities issued building permits worth $48.3 billion between January and October, 20.8% less than in the same period in 2008.

Non-residential sector: Gains in every component

Intentions increased in every component of the non-residential sector in October.

In the industrial component, the value of building permits doubled to $709 million. This was the third consecutive monthly increase, fuelled by higher construction intentions in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.

After four monthly consecutive declines, the value of institutional building permits increased 50.9% to $904 million. The gain was largely attributable to educational institution projects in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Quebec and British Columbia. Ontario had an increase in the value of permits for medical buildings.

Note to readers

Unless otherwise stated, this release presents seasonally adjusted data, which eases comparisons by removing the effects of seasonal variations.

The Building Permits Survey covers 2,400 municipalities representing 95% of the population. It provides an early indication of building activity. The communities representing the other 5% of the population are very small, and their levels of building activity have little impact on the total.

The value of planned construction activities shown in this release excludes engineering projects (e.g., waterworks, sewers or culverts) and land.

For the purpose of this release, the census metropolitan area of Ottawa–Gatineau (Ontario/Quebec) is divided into two areas: Gatineau part and Ottawa part.

The value of commercial building permits totalled $1.1 billion, up 15.3% from September. The increase was mainly due to construction intentions for office buildings and retail stores in Ontario and warehouses in Saskatchewan.

Residential and non-residential sectors

Residential sector: The increase in permits for single-family dwellings more than offset the decline in multiple dwellings

An increase in the value of building permits for single-family dwellings more than offset a decline in multiple dwelling intentions.

The value of building permits for single-family dwellings increased for an eighth consecutive month, up 10.1% to $2.4 billion in October. Every province except Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island contributed to the advance in single-family construction intentions.

The value of building permits for multi-family dwellings fell 8.2% to $1.0 billion, after increasing 34.3% in September. British Columbia, Alberta and Nova Scotia had the largest declines, while Ontario posted the biggest gain in construction intentions for multi-family dwellings.

Municipalities approved the construction of 15,725 new dwelling units in October, up 0.5%. The 8.2% increase in the number of single-family dwellings, which totalled 8,264, more than offset the 6.9% decline in the number of multi-family dwellings, which totalled 7,461.

Strong gains in Alberta and Ontario

The value of building permits was up in six provinces.

The largest increases were in Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec. All four provinces saw growth in the value of building permits for single-family dwellings and in the non-residential sector.

After substantial gains in September, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia posted the largest declines in October.

Metropolitan areas: Large increases in Toronto and Calgary

The total value of permits was up in 20 of the 34 census metropolitan areas.

The strongest gains were in Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton. They were attributable to increases in the non-residential sector and single-family construction intentions.

In contrast, the largest declines were in Kingston and the census metropolitan area of Québec. They stemmed from decreases in all components.

Available on CANSIM: tables 026-0001 to 026-0008 and 026-0010.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2802.

The October 2009 issue of Building Permits (64-001-X, free) will soon be available.

The November building permits data will be released on January 11, 2010.

To order data, contact Jasmine Gaudreault (toll-free 1-800-579-8533; 613-951-6321; bdp_information@statcan.gc.ca). For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Nicole Charron (613-951-0087), Investment and Capital Stock Division.

Table 1

Value of building permits, by census metropolitan area1
  June 2009 July 2009 August 2009 September 2009r October 2009p September to October 2009
  Seasonally adjusted
  $ millions % change
Total 3,841.2 3,258.9 3,580.9 3,772.0 4,599.5 21.9
St. John's 37.6 51.6 40.2 29.0 37.3 28.8
Halifax 65.9 63.6 43.5 55.7 47.3 -15.0
Moncton 18.9 29.4 17.3 21.5 32.0 48.4
Saint John 21.5 27.8 15.8 76.8 16.4 -78.6
Saguenay 27.2 29.0 22.8 19.5 66.8 241.8
Québec 141.7 123.4 144.8 187.5 124.5 -33.6
Sherbrooke 43.2 46.6 35.5 31.0 30.9 -0.3
Trois-Rivières 34.0 24.8 20.6 37.7 34.9 -7.3
Montréal 558.1 534.2 477.3 507.8 578.0 13.8
Ottawa–Gatineau, Ontario/Quebec 183.0 193.7 192.1 189.4 188.8 -0.3
Gatineau part 33.4 30.1 34.7 41.2 34.1 -17.1
Ottawa part 149.6 163.7 157.4 148.2 154.7 4.4
Kingston 13.6 14.3 15.0 97.4 11.2 -88.5
Peterborough 7.3 13.3 32.4 9.9 27.6 178.0
Oshawa 14.8 37.8 36.9 60.9 87.0 43.0
Toronto 928.1 434.4 796.0 733.8 1,042.2 42.0
Hamilton 157.8 117.1 42.0 50.5 59.5 17.8
St. Catharines–Niagara 25.5 25.4 36.2 79.8 27.6 -65.4
Kitchener 94.4 90.6 56.3 108.4 78.5 -27.6
Brantford 5.7 27.9 16.8 7.3 5.1 -29.1
Guelph 41.4 31.3 12.3 13.6 31.8 134.6
London 35.7 69.5 78.7 93.3 56.1 -39.9
Windsor 39.1 14.4 12.4 15.4 34.6 124.7
Barrie 24.0 13.1 29.8 11.9 39.4 230.7
Greater Sudbury 33.7 21.1 28.7 15.5 33.0 112.8
Thunder Bay 8.9 10.0 4.7 10.5 12.5 19.0
Winnipeg 79.6 105.8 76.8 57.8 77.9 34.8
Regina 44.7 42.0 37.7 29.9 85.3 184.9
Saskatoon 38.9 75.3 47.3 58.9 126.8 115.4
Calgary 424.1 266.0 243.9 311.1 588.0 89.0
Edmonton 231.0 295.1 354.8 363.4 587.7 61.7
Kelowna 163.2 30.1 144.9 30.2 25.9 -14.3
Abbotsford–Mission 13.3 9.1 13.8 13.8 14.0 1.3
Vancouver 245.5 348.3 381.0 376.9 344.4 -8.6
Victoria 39.6 42.7 72.5 65.9 46.3 -29.7
revised
preliminary
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Note(s):
Data may not add up to totals as a result of rounding.

Table 2

Value of building permits, by province and territory
  June 2009 July 2009 August 2009 September 2009r October 2009p September to October 2009
  Seasonally adjusted
  $ millions % change
Canada 5,201.5 4,679.7 5,025.4 5,184.5 6,117.3 18.0
Residential 2,704.3 2,621.3 2,923.6 3,276.1 3,400.7 3.8
Non-residential 2,497.1 2,058.4 2,101.8 1,908.4 2,716.6 42.4
Newfoundland and Labrador 63.5 75.9 64.1 51.9 68.1 31.3
Residential 52.2 48.2 43.8 41.5 41.2 -0.8
Non-residential 11.4 27.7 20.3 10.4 26.9 160.0
Prince Edward Island 11.5 19.8 20.0 20.3 14.1 -30.8
Residential 7.5 14.8 12.7 12.9 10.2 -20.8
Non-residential 4.0 5.0 7.3 7.5 3.9 -48.2
Nova Scotia 135.6 138.6 106.8 124.9 105.1 -15.8
Residential 61.9 78.8 72.6 86.0 60.7 -29.4
Non-residential 73.7 59.9 34.2 38.9 44.4 14.1
New Brunswick 93.6 124.4 82.2 136.7 89.6 -34.4
Residential 51.7 53.0 50.7 49.5 53.8 8.5
Non-residential 41.9 71.5 31.5 87.1 35.9 -58.8
Quebec 1,178.4 1,102.0 1,047.7 1,175.7 1,286.4 9.4
Residential 733.7 690.7 706.2 733.0 786.8 7.3
Non-residential 444.7 411.3 341.5 442.7 499.6 12.9
Ontario 1,897.2 1,397.7 1,686.8 1,812.5 2,060.8 13.7
Residential 969.1 780.7 1,012.5 1,110.1 1,211.5 9.1
Non-residential 928.1 617.0 674.2 702.3 849.3 20.9
Manitoba 161.1 169.5 129.9 105.7 128.9 21.9
Residential 77.6 74.7 69.1 74.4 80.5 8.2
Non-residential 83.5 94.8 60.8 31.3 48.4 54.7
Saskatchewan 136.8 216.0 139.1 140.4 275.6 96.3
Residential 57.2 70.7 61.6 63.2 75.6 19.7
Non-residential 79.7 145.3 77.5 77.3 200.0 158.8
Alberta 846.0 771.6 796.2 917.4 1,395.9 52.2
Residential 368.2 426.1 534.9 597.0 600.3 0.5
Non-residential 477.8 345.6 261.3 320.4 795.6 148.3
British Columbia 634.2 619.0 916.8 674.8 666.6 -1.2
Residential 312.0 373.7 350.3 495.4 475.5 -4.0
Non-residential 322.1 245.3 566.5 179.4 191.1 6.5
Yukon 5.7 6.6 15.6 13.2 11.4 -13.3
Residential 3.3 6.3 2.5 8.2 3.3 -59.1
Non-residential 2.4 0.4 13.1 5.0 8.1 61.3
Northwest Territories 19.0 3.8 2.5 5.1 13.7 165.5
Residential 1.2 2.0 1.2 1.6 0.5 -67.1
Non-residential 17.8 1.8 1.3 3.6 13.1 268.1
Nunavut 18.9 34.8 17.8 6.0 1.1 -82.2
Residential 8.8 1.7 5.5 3.3 0.6 -81.1
Non-residential 10.1 33.1 12.3 2.6 0.4 -83.6
revised
preliminary
Note(s):
Data may not add up to totals as a result of rounding.