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Investment in Building Construction Increases in July

In July, construction in Trade and Services surpassed pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels, with substantial growth over the previous 12 months.

September 14, 2022   Logan Caswell

(Photo provided by: Statistics Canada)

Statistics Canada has announced investment in building construction continued its upward trend since October 2021, rising 0.8% to $21.0 billion in July. Both the residential (+1.0% to $15.7 billion) and the non-residential sectors (+0.1% to $5.3 billion) showed increases.

Non-residential sector remains unchanged

Investment in non-residential construction nudged up 0.1% to $5.3 billion in July.

Commercial investment was up 0.6% to $3.0 billion for the month, cooling down after posting strong gains in June. Notable growth for the component mainly came from British Columbia +3.5%, stemming from multiple projects across Vancouver.

At the subcomponent level, new construction for Trade and Services and Warehouses contributed the most to the growth. In July, construction in Trade and Services surpassed pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels, with substantial growth over the previous 12 months. Warehouses have also seen considerable growth, with an increase of 42.0% on an unadjusted basis since March 2021.

Investment in the industrial component advanced 2.2% to $1.0 billion in July, with gains in seven provinces. Ontario accounted for most of the gains for the component in the month, continuing its considerable growth since December 2021.

Institutional construction investment declined 2.3% to $1.4 billion in July, the largest decline for the component since April 2020.

Minor gains in residential sector

Investment in residential building construction rose 1.0% to $15.7 billion in July.

Single-family home investment edged up 0.3% to $8.6 billion and has remained relatively stable over the five months ending in July.

Multi-unit construction investment increased 1.8% to $7.1 billion for the month, with apartment projects in Ontario and British Columbia contributing significantly to the gains.

For more information, visit statcan.gc.ca.

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