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Construction Permits in Canada Fall in February

Source: Statistics Canada,

Construction intentions in Canada cooled for a fourth consecutive month in February, on the heels of a sharp decline in the value of building permits for non-residential construction in Ontario.

Municipalities issued $5.8 billion worth of building permits, down 1.0% from January. Intentions peaked in May and June 2007 at $7.0 billion.

February's decline resulted from much lower non-residential construction intentions in Ontario. If the province were excluded, the total value of building permits nationally would have increased 9.8%, instead of declining 1.0%.

Nationally, a marked increase in residential intentions was not enough to offset a decline ...

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