StatsCan: July single unit residential construction in Ontario helped boost overall national construction numbers

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Statistics Canada reports that total investment in building construction nationally increased 0.5% in July to $15.2 billion, with gains in both the residential (+0.6% to $10.4 billion) and non-residential (+0.3% to $4.8 billion) sectors.

On a constant dollar basis (2012=100), investment in building construction increased 0.8% to $12.8 billion.

There was a significant increase in single-unit construction, with $139.2 million reported in the province in July, which effectively helped to overcome the national decline in multi-unit construction.

“The multi-unit residential component was the only investment component to post a decline for the month of July, down 1.6% to $5.2 billion, mainly as a result of decreases in British Columbia (-$149.9 million) and Saskatchewan (-$43.8 million),” Statistics Canada reported.

The commercial (+0.3% to $2.8 billion), industrial (+0.2% to $911.1 million) and institutional components (+0.1% to $1.1 billion) increased slightly in July.

On an unadjusted basis, investment in new non-residential building construction grew 3.3% to $2.3 billion, led by the province of Quebec (+9.4% to $404.7 million). This was attributable in part to projects such as a government building valued at $151.0 million in the newly developing eco-neighborhood of Estimauville in the city of Québec, Statistics Canada reported.

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