Sask. sees $293M of construction in month: Up six per cent from August

The Leader-Post, Canadian Press files Novmeber 7, 2013 - Building permit values in Saskatchewan totalled $293 million in September, up six per cent from $276.3 million in August, but down 2.6 per cent from $300.8 million in September 2012, Statistics Canada said Wednesday.

Residential construction remained solid with $181.9 million in permits issued, up eight per cent from $168.5 million in August and up 6.7 per cent from $170.5 million in September last year.

However, non-residential construction, including commercial, industrial, government and institutional building projects, performed less strongly, with $111 million in permits issued in September, up three per cent increase from $107.8 million in August, but a 14.8 per cent drop from $130.3 million in September 2012.

Statistics Canada says Canadian municipalities issued $6.5 billion worth of building permits in September, up 1.7 per cent from August.

The agency says this was the seventh monthly advance since the beginning of the year.

The September increase came from the residential sector, mainly in Alberta and Quebec.

The total value of residential building permits rose 3.3 per cent to $4.1 billion, following a 4.8 per cent decline in August.

In the non-residential sector, the value of permits edged down 0.8 per cent in September to $2.5 billion, the third decrease in four months.

The value of building permits rose in six provinces, with Quebec posting the largest advance, followed by Alberta.

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