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Construction Investment Continues to Grow in Canada

February marks the second straight month of record growth due in large part to the residential sector.

April 12, 2021   Logan Caswell

Statistics Canada has announced investment in building construction in February 2021 achieved the second straight month of record growth due in large part to the residential sector.

Seeing a 4.2% increase to $16.8 billion, roughly half of the gain in construction investment on a year-over-year basis is thanks to price increases. Reports say this elevation likely reflects rising demand and tightening supply for building materials since the start of the pandemic.

Residential construction investment leading the way

Rising for a fifth consecutive month is residential construction, up 9.4% to $6.7 billion in February. Experts say the strength of single-family home investment in recent months is because of increased demand for more living space as Canada approaches the end of the first year of the pandemic. Also seeing growth was multi-unit construction investment which increased 1.6% to $5.7 billion in February. Investment in Ontario for this sector increased for a 10th consecutive month. Saskatchewan joined in on the fun seeing a 69.4% rise in this sector, thanks to new projects in Saskatoon’s University Heights Suburban Centre.

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Slight increase in non-residential construction investment

Non-residential construction investment saw little change for a fifth consecutive month, barely increasing 0.2% to $4.5 billion in February. Institutional construction investment was up 0.6%, with six provinces posting increases. Quebec reported the largest gain, thanks to high-value renovation projects. British Columbia reached a record high, with projects such as the construction of Burnaby North Secondary School.

Investment in industrial construction increased 0.5% after two consecutive monthly declines, reaching $810.7 million in February.

Commercial building construction investment remained at $2.5 billion for the fifth consecutive month, thanks to declines in seven provinces.