Canada: Building Permits on the Rise for December 2015

February 2016

Canadian building permits rose 11.3% to $6.9 billion in December. Higher construction intentions for multi-family housing lead the advance in building permits for December. The value of permits issued for multi-family housing rose to $2.3 billion in December, a 39.1% increase following a 33.8% decline in November. Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia lead the reports of higher construction intentions. The value of single-family housing decreased 0.1% from November, remaining at a stable $2.3 billion for the fourth consecutive month.

Overall for 2015 the value of building permits totaled $85.0 billion, unchanged from 2014. Residential building permits were up 4.4% from the previous year to $53.2 billion in 2015. Non-residential sector declined 6.3% from 2014 to $31.8 billion in 2015.

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