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Canadian New Housing Construction Investment Up 7.9% in November

Spending on apartment buildings led the increase.

Canadian investment in new housing construction rose 7.9 percent from November 2016 to C$5 billion (US$4 billion) in November, mostly attributable to increased construction investment in apartment buildings, according to Statistics Canada.

For the first time since September 2011, every province reported higher spending on apartment building construction. Quebec led the way, with a year-over-year increase of C$165.3 million (US$132.7 million).

Nationally, investment in new housing construction grew year over year in November for every type of housing except single-family houses, where investment fell by C$86 million (US$69.1 million) (-3.5 percent). The decline was mainly attributable to lower spending on single-family house construction in Ontario (-C$73.3 million, US$58.9 million) and Quebec (-C$66.9 million, US$53.7 million).

Alberta stood out with a C$77 million (US$61.8 million) increase in single-family house construction, accounting for nearly three-quarters (73.1 percent) of the total increase in spending on new house construction in the province. Spending on new housing construction in Alberta increased year over year for all components for the first time since April 2015.

New housing construction investment rose in seven provinces in November. The largest increase was in Alberta (+C$105.3 million, US$84.6 million), followed closely by Ontario (+C$101 million, US$81.1 million) and Quebec (+C$97.3 million, US$78.1 million). Saskatchewan posted the largest decline (-C$10.5 million, US$8.4 million, or -9.6 percent) compared with November 2016.

New housing construction investment increased for all types of housing in four provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island.


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