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Apr 29, 2019

Residential SectorTotal investment in building construction increased in February, up 3.8% from January to $15.3 billion. This increase was primarily due to investment growth in the residential sector (+5.4% to $11.0 billion), while the non-residential sector remained unchanged at $4.4 billion. On a constant dollar basis (2012=100), investment in building construction rose 3.9% to $13.0 billion.


Investment in residential building construction

The increase in total residential investment for February was driven by strength in multi-unit dwellings (+8.4% to $5.5 billion), while investment in single family homes rose more modestly (+2.6% to $5.5 billion).


The gain in residential investment was primarily due to renovation work, up $1.1 billion from the previous year.


Investment in non-residential building construction


Within the non-residential sector, investment in commercial building construction exceeded $2.5 billion, a record level. This gain reflected a 2.2% increase in Quebec, which was mainly driven by a multiplex sports facility being built in the city of Gatineau.


The industrial component rose 0.7% to $839 million in February. A new marijuana production facility for Canopy Growth Corporation in the City of Fredericton stimulated investment in New Brunswick, up 6.4% for the month.

The national decline in institutional construction investment (-1.0% to $988 million) was due primarily to the continuing decline in investment for maturing hospital projects in Alberta and Ontario. This was partly offset by an increase of $2 million in Quebec, reflecting continued investment in the Montréal Heart Institute.

Source: Statistics Canada, https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/190423/dq190423c-eng.htm

 

 

Rob McIntyreRob McIntyre

The use of reels is fundamental to the safe and efficient handling, transportation and distribution of wire and cable to the end user. The properties of wire and cable require reels to be robust and have certain structural specifications to ensure wire and cable goods are not compromised between the time they leave the factory to when they are installed on site. Wire and cable must be protected from any kind of mechanical damage, ingress of moisture, dirt and chemicals. Close attention must be paid to the temperature ratings of wire and cable; therefore, storage must be in an environment consistent with the rating.

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Stephen LeeCEW caught up with General Manager of EiKO’s Canadian division Stephen Lee, who was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to share his perspective on the industry.

EiKO is a global fixture, lamp and, more recently, controls manufacturer headquartered in Shawnee, Kansas. Additional locations include European operations in Frankfurt, Germany; APAC operations in Taiwan; and Canadian operations in Barrie, Ontario. EiKO also has five distribution centres in North America located in Ontario, Alberta, Kansas, Nevada, and New Jersey.

 

 

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Q4 GDPGrowth in real gross domestic product (GDP) slowed to 0.1% in the fourth quarter, owing to a decrease in business investment and weak international trade. These declines were offset by increased household spending. Final domestic demand edged up 0.2%, after rising 0.8% in the third quarter.

The annual growth rate of Canada's real GDP was 1.6% for 2019, a deceleration from the 2.0% growth in 2018. By comparison, real GDP in the United States increased 2.3%.

 

 

 

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