Residential Construction Investment Bucks Recent Trend in October

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January 7, 2022

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Investment in building construction, October 2021 

Investment in building construction increased 1.6% to $17.8 billion in October, following five months of declines. Provincially, Quebec led the way, with growth of 3.5%.

On a constant dollar basis (2012=100), investment in building construction increased 1.6% to $12.3 billion.

Residential construction investment bucks recent trend

Residential construction investment rose 1.4% to $12.9 billion in October, the first increase in five months. Quebec (+3.3%) and Saskatchewan (+16.7%) were among the provinces leading the national gain.

Investment in single family homes edged up 0.6% to $7.0 billion, with notable gains in Quebec and Alberta. Conversely, a decrease reported in Ontario (-2.2%) partially offset the growth observed in much of the country.

Multi-unit construction investment rose 2.4% to $5.9 billion, led by gains in Ontario and Quebec. By contrast, New Brunswick posted a sixth consecutive monthly decline, falling to the lowest level since April 2020.

Non-residential construction investment continues to show strength

Non-residential construction investment was up across all components in October, with an overall increase of 2.0% to $4.9 billion, the highest value since July 2020.

Commercial investment rose 2.6% to $2.7 billion. British Columbia was the only province to post a decrease (-0.8%), continuing a slight downward trend that began in November 2019.

Investment in the institutional component rose 1.3% to $1.4 billion, with Quebec (+5.8%) largely behind the gain. However, six provinces reported declines for the month.

Industrial construction investment increased 1.4% to $839 million, mainly driven by gains in Ontario (+1.8%).

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