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Building Permits JuneHigher construction intentions for institutional and industrial buildings in Quebec, along with commercial buildings in Alberta, contributed to June’s 13.5% increase from May in building permits, reported StatsCan. In total, $8 billion was issued in building permits. 

The value of non-residential building permits also rose to the tune of 32.5% to $3.8 billion, marking a third consecutive monthly gain. Statscan said Quebec was responsible for the majority of the growth at the national level, while declines were seen in six provinces, Manitoba and Ontario the largest among them. 

The residential sector saw the value of permits rise by slight 0.4% to $4.2 billion, the fourth consecutive monthly increase. Four provinces saw gains, but they were offset by drops in other provinces. Ontario had the largest increase, with Nova Scotia and Quebec following. British Columbia had the largest decrease. 

Institutional Permits More than Double in Value

The value of building permits in the institutional sector more than doubled to $1.3 billion as construction intentions for institutional buildings were rose four provinces. Quebec had the biggest advance as well as “a sharp increase in construction intentions for medical facilities,” StatsCan noted. 

The industrial component saw a 63.9% gain to $744 million. That increase was due to higher construction plans for information technology buildings in Quebec and utilities buildings in Ontario.  

Canadian municipalities issued $1.8 billion worth of commercial building permits in June, a drop of 2.1% from May. The drop was mainly due to lower plans to construct hotels, restaurants, warehouses and retail complexes. Seven provinces saw drops, including Ontario and Manitoba, which posted the largest decreases. Meanwhile, Alberta, British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador all saw gains. 

Single-family Dwellings Climb, Multi-Family Drops

Building permits for single-family dwellings were up 5.5% in June, totaling $2.4 billion and marking the third consecutive monthly increase. Alberta led in the provinces that saw increases, with Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia following.

Meanwhile, construction plans for multi-family units fell 6.0% to $1.7 billion, the first decline after three months of increases. The drop was attributed primarily to lower construction intentions in Western Canada. Ontario, Nova Scotia and Quebec all posted gains.

Nationally, municipalities approved the construction of 16,770 new dwellings, down 4.6% from May. The drop was due to a 10.7% decline in multi-family units to 10,202. The number of single-family dwellings climbed 6.9% to 6,568 units.

Quebec Posts Biggest Gain

The total value of permits was up in five provinces in June, with a Quebec at the forefront and Alberta a “distant second,” StatsCan said.  

Quebec saw “substantial advances in construction intentions for institutional buildings, industrial buildings and, to a lesser extent, multi-family dwellings.” Higher construction plans for commercial buildings and single-family dwellings were the main contributors to Alberta’s growth. 

The largest drop was in Manitoba, with commercial buildings accounting for most of the decrease.

Cities Still Building

The value of permits was up in 20 of the 34 census metropolitan areas, with Montréal reporting the largest increase, with Calgary trailing far behind. StatsCan said higher construction intentions for institutional and industrial buildings buoyed Montréal’s increase, and Calgary’s increase came from construction permits for commercial buildings.   

The cities with the biggest drops were Winnipeg, followed by Toronto and Vancouver. Declines in Winnipeg and Toronto were due to lower construction plans for commercial buildings, while Vancouver saw lower intentions to build multi-family dwellings.  


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This virtual summit will be an interactive digital event featuring first-hand experiences and success stories achieved with industrial digitalization and automation solutions, and cutting-edge technologies.

Join us on July 16 and learn from customers and experts how you can respond efficiently, flexibly and safely to the changing market environment.

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John JefkinsBy John Jefkins

In 2011, I started working in the electrical arena and quickly noticed that there was a high employee retention rate within the industry. Today, I regularly engage with Electro-Federation Canada members with 20, 30 and even 40 plus year tenures. Other industries I had worked in previously, such as telecommunications, had higher turnover rates.

Our industry faces an increasing need for talent, with new retirements and product/process innovations and modernization driving the need for specialized roles — some not even known yet.

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Digital Twin MarketA recent Markets & Markets report estimates the Digital Twin market will grow from US$3.8 billion in 2019, to US$35.8 billion per year by 2025, at a CAGR of 45.4%. Digital Twin software is already revolutionizing industries such as healthcare, architecture, aerospace, defence, and automotive and transportation.

Furthermore, the global smart infrastructure market, which includes the Digital Twin sector, is expected to thrive at a considerable CAGR between 2020 and 2025 as demand for the smart infrastructure has been a booming year on year, reports Market Research Explore - details. 

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PNNL StudyBy Craig DiLouie

The U.S. Department of Energy has released the results of a study examining authentication vulnerabilities in connected lighting systems (CLS). Particularly as emerging CLS incorporate distributed intelligence, network interfaces and sensors, they can serve as data-collection platforms that enable a wide range of valuable new capabilities as well as greater energy savings in buildings and cities. However, CLS technology is currently at an early stage of development, and its increased connectivity introduces cybersecurity risks that are new to the lighting industry and must be addressed for successful integration with other systems.

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David GordonBy David Gordon

COVID-19 has heightened the benefit of, and interest in, eCommerce for electrical distributors. Our second and third COVID-19 Electrical Market Sentiment Reports have shown that those with an eCommerce offering have seen online sales increases. Further, from conversations with distributors, their site activity increased. The benefit is that these companies had lower sales declines (and some increases), and were able to better serve their customers.

A further benefit is that their remote workforce had access to an online resource, other than manufacturers, for quick, easy, product research.

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The survey, conducted the third week in June, received responses from 164 individuals who equally represented industry stakeholders.

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EikoEIKO has announced the the introdutction of EiKO Marketplace, a digital storefront, located in the EiKO Portal. Developed to market and sell promotional specials and excess inventory including generational, overstock, and niche products; the EiKO Marketplace presents an opportunity to offer high-quality lighting at incredible savings.

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LevitonLeviton Canada is pleased to announce the nomination of Thomas Supinski as Sales Director for Alberta and the Prairies as of June 1st, 2020, as Julie Marineau will be moving to Montreal along with her family. Julie will be promoted to Vice-President, Retail at Leviton Canada’s head office.

Thomas has been residing in Calgary since 2003 and has a deep understanding of the regional market and its specific needs.



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Sonepar is excited to introduce Anju Uddin as the new Marketing Manager for their Ontario Region! Anju has more than 15 years of experience as a marketing expert, which includes running an independent agency working with a multitude of businesses in various industries and geographies from around the globe. 

With a passion for reinvention and finding success through a commitment to education and innovation, Anju has utilized her exceptional creativity and business acumen to engineer seamless brand experiences...

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