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Investment in new housing construction, March 2017

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Released: 2017-05-19

Investment in new housing construction — Canada

$4,191.3 million

March 2017

9.0% increase

(12-month change)

Investment in new housing construction — N.L.

$22.6 million

March 2017

-23.5% decrease

(12-month change)

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

$10.5 million

March 2017

109.0% increase

(12-month change)

Investment in new housing construction — N.S.

$66.3 million

March 2017

25.9% increase

(12-month change)

Investment in new housing construction — N.B.

$20.8 million

March 2017

15.7% increase

(12-month change)

Investment in new housing construction — Que.

$570.5 million

March 2017

5.5% increase

(12-month change)

Investment in new housing construction — Ont.

$1,776.9 million

March 2017

16.6% increase

(12-month change)

Investment in new housing construction — Man.

$116.1 million

March 2017

39.2% increase

(12-month change)

Investment in new housing construction — Sask.

$86.5 million

March 2017

1.1% increase

(12-month change)

Investment in new housing construction — Alta.

$624.6 million

March 2017

-8.3% decrease

(12-month change)

Investment in new housing construction — B.C.

$889.9 million

March 2017

8.3% increase

(12-month change)

Investment in new housing construction — Y.T.

$2.8 million

March 2017

29.0% increase

(12-month change)

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

$3.0 million

March 2017

160.7% increase

(12-month change)

Investment in new housing construction — Nvt.

$0.7 million

March 2017

-10.2% decrease

(12-month change)

New housing construction investment totalled $4.2 billion in March, up 9.0% compared with March 2016. This gain was mainly the result of a $252.6 million increase in investments in Ontario.

Nationally, higher investments were observed for the four main types of dwellings. The biggest gain was observed in spending on single-family dwellings, rising $265.8 million to $2.2 billion. This accounted for just over half (51.8%) of total spending on residential construction in March.

Investments in apartment building construction totalled $1.4 billion in March, accounting for one-third (33.4%) of total spending. At the national level, investments in this type of dwelling edged up 0.2% from March 2016. Five provinces posted increases for this type of dwelling, led by British Columbia ($70.3 million), while the other provinces reported declines, with Alberta falling by $52.7 million and Ontario down $17.2 million compared with March 2016.

Investments of $438.7 million in new row housing construction represent an increase of 14.4% compared with March 2016 levels. For this type of dwelling, eight provinces posted increases, led by Ontario with a $52.5 million gain year over year.

Compared with March 2016, construction spending on double dwellings rose 12.4% to $183.9 million in March, with every province except British Columbia and Manitoba showing increases.

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

Ontario continues to account for much of the national increase in spending

In March, eight provinces saw higher spending in new housing construction compared with the same month a year earlier. Ontario posted the greatest increase for a total of $1.8 billion in spending. However, Alberta (-$52.7 million) and Newfoundland and Labrador (-$6.7 million) posted declines.

Ontario saw increases for all types of dwellings except apartments, which fell 3.6% compared with March 2016.

Investment in new housing construction in Manitoba rose 39.2% year over year to $116.1 million. This gain was mainly attributable to higher investments in single-family dwellings (51.6%), although increases were posted for all dwelling types other than double dwellings.

Quebec was the lone province to have posted increases for all types of dwellings. Investments in apartment building construction accounted for 56.1% of total investments, the highest proportion among the provinces.



  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 March 2016 and March 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.

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