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Residential permits pull down second-quarter intentions

August 17, 2021

Total building permits declined 1.7 per cent to $31.0 billion in the second quarter of 2021 compared with the previous period. Despite this, the value of building permits remained the second highest on record and was 38.5 per cent above second quarter 2020 values which were heavily impacted by COVID-19 restrictions in the construction industry.
The value of permits for the residential sector fell 4.2 per cent to $21.4 billion in the second quarter. Permits for both multi-family and single-family dwellings dropped as seven provinces reported decreases.
Construction intentions in the non-residential sector rose 4.5 per cent to $9.6 billion. Although second-quarter 2021 values exceeded the values in the first quarter of 2020, non-residential permits remained below 2019 quarterly levels. Among non-residential components, institutional permits increased for a fourth consecutive quarter, boosted by large projects in the education and health care sectors.
Meanwhile, Ontario residential permits bounced back as high-value permits for new apartment buildings in the census metropolitan areas (CMAs) of Toronto and Hamilton helped push multi-family permits up 13.5 per cent to $3.7 billion nationally in June 2021. Provincially, Ontario led the way, rebounding 67.8 per cent to $1.8 billion. On the other hand, Quebec reported the largest decrease (29.9 per cent), pulling back from a record high in May 2021. 
Construction intentions for single-family dwellings increased 4.7 per cent to $3.4 billion. Seven provinces saw gains in this area—led by Ontario and Alberta.
Overall, the value of residential building permits increased 9.1 per cent to $7.2 billion, following two months of lower construction intentions.
(Data from Statcan)


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