StatsCan building permits report: December 2019
February 27, 2020 By Stats Canada
The total value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities increased 7.4% to $8.7 billion in December. Increases were reported in five provinces, led by Ontario (+10.5% to $3.4 billion) and Quebec (+15.8% to $2.2 billion). For 2019 overall, municipalities issued $102.4 billion worth of permits, up 2.6% compared with 2018.
Value of residential permits up
The total value of permits for multi-family dwellings was up 15.9% to $2.9 billion in December, mostly due to large projects in the census metropolitan areas (CMAs) of Montréal and Vancouver.
Conversely, the total value of permits for single-family dwellings decreased 3.2% to $2.2 billion, with the largest decline in Ontario (-$76 million).
Annual review 2019
In 2019, municipalities issued $102.4 billion worth of permits, up 2.6% compared with 2018. Gains were reported in six provinces, with the largest increase in Ontario (+$2.8 billion). Alberta recorded the largest decrease (-$1.8 billion), with declines in all building types.
The value of permits in the CMA of Toronto increased 1.9% to $19.2 billion, while several other Ontario CMAs also reported notable gains. The CMA of Kitchener–Cambridge–Waterloo posted the largest increase in the country (+53.5% to $2.2 billion), largely due to an increase in the value of permits for multi-family dwellings.
The Edmonton CMA reported the largest decrease in the total value of building permits (-21.5% to $3.9 billion), accounting for more than half of the overall decline in Alberta. This was the fifth consecutive annual decrease in the CMA of Edmonton, reflecting the challenging economic environment in the province.
Building intentions in the non-residential sector increased 9.4% to $40.4 billion, with gains in seven provinces. All components reported increases, led by commercial permits (+7.5% to $23.2 billion).
Conversely, the value of permits in the residential sector declined 1.3% to $62.0 billion. The value of permits for single-family dwellings fell 4.9% to $26.5 billion, its lowest level since 2009. Permits for multi-family dwellings offset some of this decline, rising 1.5% to a record $35.5 billion.
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