Canada Building Permits, Construction Investment: April and 1Q 2018


Canadian municipalities issued $7.8 billion worth of building permits in April, down -4.6% from March, said Statistics Canada June 6. Declines were reported in every component except commercial buildings.
In the residential sector, the value of permits issued by municipalities fell 4.3% to $5.1 billion in April. Five provinces posted declines led by British Columbia.

In the multi-family dwelling component, municipalities issued $2.7 billion worth of building permits in April, down 5.2% from March. Four provinces contributed to the drop, with British Columbia and Alberta recording the largest decreases.

In a release June 1, StatsCan detailed that investment in residential construction increased by 8.0% to $30.5 billion in 1Q 2018 compared with the same quarter in 2017.

Month-to-month change in value of residential building permits, April 2018

Canada Building Permits, Construction Investment

Statistics Canada reported Wednesday the value of single-family permits fell -3.3% to $2.3 billion in April, a fourth consecutive monthly decline. Eight provinces registered declines, led by Ontario and British Columbia. Conversely, Alberta recorded the largest gain, up $46 million from March.
Municipalities approved the construction of 19,372 new dwellings in April, up +3.6% from the previous month. The rise was mainly attributable to multi-family dwellings, up 5.0% to 14,189 new units. Single-family dwellings edged down 0.2% to 5,183 new units.

The value of non-residential building permits fell -5.2% to $2.8 billion in April, following a +1.7% increase in March. The value of non-residential building permits declined in four provinces, led by British Columbia and Ontario. Meanwhile, three of the four Atlantic provinces reported higher building permit values.

The value of industrial permits fell -22.6% in April to $510 million..
Investment in residential construction, meanwhile, increased by +8.0% to $30.5 billion in 1Q 2018 compared with the same quarter in 2017, said Statistics Canada June 1.

All components, with the exception of mobile homes, contributed to the quarterly year-over-year increase in spending on residential construction. The growth was led by spending on apartment buildings, which accounted for 39.5% of the total increase (+$890.8 million or +21.5%), followed by investment in renovations (+$677.9 million or +5.5%).