Canada Investment in Housing Construction: 2Q and May 2018


Canadian investment in new housing construction increased +6.3% from May 2017 to $4.8 billion in May, according to Statistics Canada Thursday. The year-over-year increase was led by spending on multiple-unit construction (apartment buildings, row houses and semi-detached houses), while spending on single-family homes was down.
Investment in non-residential building construction, meanwhile, totalled $14.3 billion in 2Q 2018, up +1.4% compared with 1Q. The commercial (+$123.7 million) and industrial (+$103.4 million) components were up, while the institutional component declined, said StatsCan.

Canada Construction Spending

Investment in Canadian new housing construction increased +6.3% from May 2017 to $4.8 billion in May, said Statistics Canada Thursday.
Apartment building construction rose in eight provinces, led by Quebec (+$225.2 million), Ontario (+$114.5 million) and British Columbia (+$93.2 million), accounting for 39.7% of total investment in new housing construction and the largest share on record since the start of this data series in 1992.
Spending on row house construction was up +11.7% (+$56.4 million) compared with May 2017, mainly driven by investment in Ontario (+$16.0 million), Alberta (+$15.3 million) and British Columbia (+$14.4 million).
Investment in semi-detached houses increased by +8.8% (+$19.7 million) in May compared with the same month in 2017. Quebec (+$8.7 million) and British Columbia (+$6.5 million) saw the largest provincial gains for this component.
Meanwhile, spending on Canadian single-family homes was down -9.9% (-$232.3 million) year over year. Overall, nine provinces reported lower spending, with Ontario (-$96.9 million) and Quebec (-$59.7 million) posting the largest declines.
Elsewhere, spending on institutional building construction was down -0.9% (-$35.3 million) compared with 1Q, according to Statistics Canada also Thursday.
This decrease follows four consecutive quarterly gains. Nationally, the decline stemmed from lower spending on schools (-$44.3 million), nursing homes (-$25.1 million), as well as penitentiaries, detention centres and courthouses (-$13.6 million). Hospitals, health care centres and clinics were the only building types with a quarterly increase, up $56.3 million.