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Top 10 Largest Construction Project Starts in Canada and Trend Graph - December 2016

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The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in December 2016. Also included is the latest trend graph on starts. This looks at 12-month moving totals of the civil and non-residential building categories in Canada.

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There are several reasons for highlighting upcoming large projects. Such jobs have often received a fair amount of media coverage. Therefore, people in the industry are on the lookout for when jobsite work actually gets underway. And, as showcase projects, they highlight geographically where major construction projects are proceeding.

Also, total construction activity is comprised of many small and medium-sized projects and a limited number of large developments. But the largest projects, simply by their nature, can dramatically affect total dollar and square footage volumes. In other words, the timing and size of these projects have an exaggerated influence on market forecasts.

Top 10 projects of the month - December 2016
REGION
(East to

West)
TYPE OF
CONSTRUCTION
DESCRIPTION
Sq. Ft.
000s
Dollars
000,000s
Nova Scotia
Pugwash Engineering Pugwash Water Treatment Upgrades * $14
Municipality of the County of Cumberland
         
Quebec
Quebec Engineering North Shore/Romaine 4 - Dam, Spillway, Water Intake and related work * $116
  Hydro-Quebec
 
Quebec Institutional Laval University, Alexandre-Vachon Pavilion - phase 3 * $21
1045, ave de la Médecine
Laval University 
         
Ontario
Hamilton Residential Style Townhouses on West 5th St, Phase Two 96 $15
(9 structures; 2 storeys; 58 units), 1155 West 5th St
Sonoma Homes
 
Kitchener Engineering Reconstruction and Bridge Superstructure Replacement * $13
Fountain St
Region of Waterloo
 
Ottawa Institutional Carlington Community Health Centre 45 $12
(1 structure; 4 storeys), 900 Merivale Rd
Ottawa Community Housing Corp
         
Alberta
Calgary Residential The Link at Symons Gate 187 $30
(19 structures; 2 storeys; 165 units), 5 Sage Hill Rise NW
Brookfield Residential Properties Inc
 
St Albert Institutional Joseph M Demko K-9 School 69 $16
(1 structure; 2 stories; 900 units), 200 Jensen Lakes Blvd
St Albert Public Schools
         
British Columbia
Delta Civil Highway 91 at 72 Avenue Interchange * $20
BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
         
Nunavut
Baker Lake Commercial Tundra Phase IIB Remediation * $25
Public Works and Government Services
 
TOTALS:     397 $282
 
*A square footage measure does not apply for alteration and engineering work.
Data source and table: ConstructConnect – CanaData.
Trend lines of construction starts in Canada – December 2016
Moving totals of the latest 12 months*
(ConstructConnect Insight Forecast Figures)
Trend lines of construction starts in Canada – December 2016
*For example, the December 2016 figure is the sum of the monthly numbers for January 2016 through December 2016.
Data source and chart: ConstructConnect Insight – CanaData.