Non-residential Building Construction Price Index, first quarter 2012

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The composite price index for non-residential building construction increased 1.0% in the first quarter compared with the previous quarter. The quarterly increase was mostly a result of continued strength in the construction sector resulting in some construction material price increases, notably in Western Canada.

All of the seven census metropolitan areas (CMAs) surveyed reported quarterly increases varying from 0.5% to 1.7%. Edmonton (+1.7%) as well as Vancouver and Calgary (both +1.6%) recorded the largest gains.

Year over year, the composite price index for non-residential building construction was up 3.7%. Of the CMAs surveyed, Edmonton (+4.6%) and Calgary (+4.5%) recorded the largest year-over-year increases, while Halifax (+2.3%) recorded the smallest gain.

Note to readers

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 CANSIM table327-0043 and CANSIM table327-0044.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey numbers survey number2317 and survey number2330.

The first quarter 2012 issue of Capital Expenditure Price Statistics (Catalogue number62-007-X, free) will be available in July.

The non-residential building construction price indexes for the second quarter of 2012 will be released on August 14.

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; statcan.mediahotline-ligneinfomedias.statcan@canada.ca).