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Ontario leads the country in residential building permits – May 2023

July 12, 2023 | By Anthony Capkun

July 12, 2023 – The total monthly value of building permits in Canada increased 10.5% in May to $10.5 billion, reports Statistics Canada.

The total monthly value of non-residential permits rose 14.2% to $3.7 billion in May.

Commercial permits surged (+45.8% or +$703.4 million), more than offsetting monthly losses in the institutional component (-23.3% or -$251.3 million).

Despite overall monthly gains, the value of non-residential construction intentions in May was down 11.2% year-over-year.

Meantime, the total monthly value of residential permits rose 8.5% to $6.8 billion in May, with Ontario contributing to 45.8% of Canada’s residential permit values. That province increased 16.3% month-over-month to $3.1 billion, led by multi-dwelling permits issued in urban areas.

New Brunswick (+27.2% or +$22.2 million) had the highest provincial growth rate, while Quebec (+10.8% or +$102.3 million), Alberta (+4.7% or +$34.5 million) and British Columbia (+3.7% or +$50.3 million) observed more modest gains.

Across Canada, permits for 3800 new residential units were issued for single-family homes in May, compared with permits for 17,700 new dwellings in multi-unit buildings.

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