The Daily
|
 In the news  Indicators  Releases by subject
 Special interest  Release schedule  Information

Investment in new housing construction, January 2017

Warning View the most recent version.

Archived Content

Information identified as archived is provided for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. It is not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards and has not been altered or updated since it was archived. Please "contact us" to request a format other than those available.

Released: 2017-03-21

Investment in new housing construction — Canada

$4,034.8 million

January 2017

8.7% increase

(12-month change)

Investment in new housing construction — N.L.

$25.5 million

January 2017

-25.9% decrease

(12-month change)

Investment in new housing construction — P.E.I.

$7.9 million

January 2017

4.9% increase

(12-month change)

Investment in new housing construction — N.S.

$60.8 million

January 2017

8.3% increase

(12-month change)

Investment in new housing construction — N.B.

$24.4 million

January 2017

-3.3% decrease

(12-month change)

Investment in new housing construction — Que.

$532.2 million

January 2017

1.3% increase

(12-month change)

Investment in new housing construction — Ont.

$1,771.4 million

January 2017

18.5% increase

(12-month change)

Investment in new housing construction — Man.

$88.6 million

January 2017

11.2% increase

(12-month change)

Investment in new housing construction — Sask.

$89.3 million

January 2017

-2.8% decrease

(12-month change)

Investment in new housing construction — Alta.

$560.3 million

January 2017

-19.0% decrease

(12-month change)

Investment in new housing construction — B.C.

$866.0 million

January 2017

23.8% increase

(12-month change)

Investment in new housing construction — Y.T.

$4.2 million

January 2017

50.3% increase

(12-month change)

Investment in new housing construction — N.W.T.

$3.4 million

January 2017

148.5% increase

(12-month change)

Investment in new housing construction — Nvt.

$0.9 million

January 2017

-10.5% decrease

(12-month change)

Total spending on new housing construction increased 8.7% year over year to $4.0 billion in January. Six provinces posted increases, led by Ontario and British Columbia. Nationally, investment increased for every dwelling type.

Gains in every dwelling type, led by single-family homes

January was the fourth consecutive month with all dwelling types showing a year-over-year rise.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Investment in new housing construction, by type of dwelling
Investment in new housing construction, by type of dwelling

Nationally, the increase resulted mostly from greater spending on single-family homes, followed distantly by apartment and apartment-condominium buildings, row houses and semi-detached homes.

Investment in single-family homes was up 12.1% to $2.1 billion. Seven provinces posted gains, led by Ontario, with British Columbia and Quebec coming a distant second and third. The increase was moderated by lower investment in Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick.

Spending on apartment and apartment-condominium buildings was up 4.6% to $1.4 billion. Gains in British Columbia, Ontario and New Brunswick more than offset declines in seven provinces, led by Alberta.

Investment in row house construction rose 8.7% to $388 million, with Ontario contributing most to the gain. Spending on semi-detached dwellings increased 3.8% to $175 million, largely attributable to gains in Quebec, Alberta and Nova Scotia.

Ontario and British Columbia lead national increase, while Alberta posts greatest decline

Provincially, Ontario reported the largest year-over-year increase in investment, up 18.5% to $1.8 billion. The rise was led by single-family homes, up 21.4% to $983 million, followed by apartment and apartment-condominium buildings, up 13.9% to $524 million. Spending on row houses also increased, up 22.3% to $219 million. Conversely, investment in construction of semi-detached homes fell in Ontario, down 1.6% to $45 million, the first year-over-year decline since April 2016.

In British Columbia, investment increased 23.8% to $866 million. The gain was led by greater spending on construction of apartment and apartment-condominium buildings, up 43.4% to $413 million. Higher spending on single-family home and row house construction also contributed to the increase.

Alberta registered the greatest decline in investment, with spending falling 19.0% to $560 million. The decrease resulted mostly from lower investment in the construction of apartment and apartment-condominium buildings, down 41.9% to $113 million.



  Note to readers

Data on investment in new housing construction (including single-family dwellings, semi-detached dwellings, row housing, apartments and condominiums) are not seasonally adjusted, and all comparisons in this release are between January 2016 and January 2017.

Data in CANSIM are available at the national and provincial–territorial levels in both current and constant dollars (base year 2007).

Unless otherwise specified, the highlights refer to current dollars and are ranked in terms of dollar change rather than percentage change.

Contact information

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact us (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 514-283-8300; STATCAN.infostats-infostats.STATCAN@canada.ca) or Media Relations (613-951-4636; STATCAN.mediahotline-ligneinfomedias.STATCAN@canada.ca).

Date modified: