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Ontario drives building permit strength nationally – August 2022

October 15, 2022 | By Anthony Capkun

October 15, 2022 – Statscan reports total value of building permits in Canada increased 11.9% in August 2022 to $12.5 billion across both residential and non-residential components.

Residential permits in August increased 12.0% to $8.4 billion nationally, with gains in Ontario offsetting losses posted in seven provinces.

Construction intentions in the single-family homes component edged up 0.4%.

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The value of building permits in the multi-family component increased by 22.2%—again, largely due to Ontario (+85.3%). A $480-million permit for a luxury skyscraper in Toronto, along with several other permits for apartments, resulted in the largest-recorded monthly value for that province.

The total permit value of the non-residential sector increased 11.8% to $4.0 billion in August.

The value of building permits in the industrial component rebounded with an increase of 18.1%. Saskatchewan sharply increased by 77.7%, with three permits over $5 million. Nova Scotia also had a notable increase with a variety of smaller permits.

Institutional permit values sharply increased by 39.1%, mainly due to Ontario (+224.2%). Permits for a new school in Hamilton and a new building for George Brown College in Toronto were behind much of the increase.

Construction intentions in the commercial component decreased 1.4%, largely due to Alberta and Saskatchewan. Conversely, Manitoba saw notable growth in August due to a $50-million permit for an office building in Winnipeg.

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