Housing permits lower as BC builders pull back

by Steve Randall10 Jul 2019

Canadian municipalities issued $5 billion worth of building permits for residential properties in May, down 17.2% from the previous month.

The national decline follows a 26% jump in residential permits in April and was impacted by a 63% month-over-month decrease in permits in British Columbia.

The BC pull-back was perhaps inevitable as April’s spike in multi-family permits was driven by an incoming rise in developments costs for Metro Vancouver.

May’s figures reveal increases for the multi-family sector in seven provinces, including record highs for PEI ($34m) and New Brunswick ($30m).

For the single-family sector, there was a 1.8% increase nationally to $2.3 billion, led by a $47 million increase for Ontario.

In the non-residential sector, permits were down 5.7% to $3.3 billion in May.

This decrease was largely due to a high-value industrial permit being issued in the previous month.

The value of commercial permits was $1.9 billion, down 0.9% from April.

The value of overall permit issuance for all property sectors and provinces was $8.2 billion, down 13% from April’s record high of $9.5 billion.

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