Non-residential Building Construction Price Index

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Fourth quarter 2011  (Previous release)

The composite price index for non-residential building construction increased 0.6% in the fourth quarter compared with the previous quarter. This quarterly change was mainly a result of continued strength in the non-residential building construction market.

All of the seven census metropolitan areas (CMAs) surveyed reported quarterly increases varying from 0.3% to 0.8%. Calgary and Edmonton (both +0.8%) and Toronto (+0.7%) recorded the largest gains.

Year over year, the composite price index for non-residential building construction was up 4.1%. Of the CMAs surveyed, Ottawa–Gatineau, Ontario part (+5.4%) and Toronto (+4.7%) recorded the largest year-over-year increases, while Halifax (+2.8%) recorded the smallest gain.

Note: This release presents data that are not seasonally adjusted and the indexes published are subject to a one quarter revision period after dissemination of a given quarter's data.

Available without charge in CANSIM: tables 327-0043 and 327-0044.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey numbers, including related surveys, 2317 and 2330.

The fourth quarter 2011 issue of Capital Expenditure Price Statistics (62-007-X, free) will be available in April.

The non-residential building construction price indexes for the first quarter of 2012 will be released on May 15.

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Statistics Canada's National Contact Centre (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 613-951-8116; infostats@statcan.gc.ca) or the Media Hotline (613-951-4636), Communications Division.