Building Permits for Down 3.9% for July 2021

EIN Building

September 13, 2021

The total value of building permits in Canada decreased 3.9% to $9.9 billion in July. All provinces except British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador posted lower values, with the majority of the national decline reported in Alberta (-23.4%). Building permits fell 3.1% in the residential sector and 5.6% in the non-residential sector.

On a constant dollar basis (2012=100), building permits fell 3.8% to $7.0 billion.

Ontario weighs down residential permits nationally

Seven provinces reported declines in the residential sector, led by Ontario (-10.5%).

Single-family permits fell 9.6% in July, with two provinces showing growth. Ontario (-9.1%) contributed the most to the decrease.

Construction intentions for multi-family units rose 2.7% in July. British Columbia posted an increase of 55.1%, which was driven by high-valued condo projects in the city of Surrey. In contrast, Ontario reversed strong growth in June (+67.6%) and fell 11.7% in July due to fewer high-valued condo permits reported for the census metropolitan areas (CMA) of Hamilton and Guelph.

Non-residential permits down in July

Non-residential permit values declined 5.6% to $2.9 billion in July, despite Ontario’s strong growth of 17.3%. Seven provinces were down, with Alberta reporting the largest decrease (-46.9%).

Institutional permits decreased for a third consecutive month to $718 million, with eight provinces reporting lower values. The majority of the decline stemmed from Quebec (-36.8%), following a strong June (+40.0%) when multiple high-valued permits were issued for alternative care and senior homes. Conversely, Ontario saw a 60.0% increase, with projects such as the Linhaven nursing home and a new secondary school both in the CMA of St. Catharines–Niagara.

Alberta’s commercial permits fell 45.5% in July, following a notable increase in June (+56.6%). The decline in Alberta and in six other provinces pulled the value of commercial permits at the national level down 6.9% to $1.6 billion.

The value of industrial permits was up 17.6% to $612 million, with half the provinces reporting growth. Quebec (+59.5%) led the increase, with a $30 million warehouse permit, and was followed by Nova Scotia (+412.3%), where a $40 million composting facility permit was issued.

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To explore data using an interactive user interface, visit the Building permits: Interactive Dashboard.

To explore the impact of COVID-19 on the socioeconomic landscape, please consult the Canadian Economic Dashboard and COVID-19.

For more information on housing, please visit the Housing Statistics Portal.

Statistics Canada has a Housing Market Indicators dashboard. This web application provides access to key housing market indicators for Canada, by province and by census metropolitan area. These indicators are updated automatically with new information from monthly releases, giving users access to the latest data.

 

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