News Release - February 7, 2011
BUSY CONSTRUCTION SITES IN DECEMBER
Building permits in Saskatchewan for December 2010 were released today by Statistics Canada that confirms construction sites are very busy across the province.
Between December 2009 and December 2010 building permits jumped 19.5 per cent, the third highest percentage increase in Canada (seasonally-adjusted). Permits were also up on a monthly basis, increasing 5.0 per cent between November 2010 and December 2010. This was the fourth-highest increase in the nation over that period.
"With our population hitting record levels last year, the demand for housing increased and led to a busy year for the construction industry," Enterprise Minister Jeremy Harrison said. "The rise in building permits shows that the strength of our economy continues to attract new people and new business to our province. The construction industry has been able to tap into the province's growth by providing homes for new residents, and at the same time meet the commercial and industrial demand from our thriving business community."
Residential construction was up 62.7 per cent between December 2009 and December 2010, tied with Prince Edward Island for the highest percentage increase among the provinces.
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