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Building permit numbers up across Canada

The Oshawa area saw a bump in the number of building permits issued for housing in January, but amounted to fewer dollars, according to Statistics Canada.

According to new data from the federal entity, the Oshawa Census Metropolitan Area – which also includes Clarington and Whitby – saw 131 building permits for a value of $24.185 million issued in January. This was more than the 111 permits issued the month before. However, the December permits amounted to more money, coming to just over $35 million.

Row houses accounted for the vast majority of permits in January, with 101 permits worth a little more than $18 million being issued.

Across the country, the value of building permits had dropped, falling 9.8 per cent to $6.4 billion.

According to Statistics Canada, the slowdown was brought on by the lower construction intentions for multi-family dwellings in British Columbia and Ontario.