Measure Description

Edmonton Region Non-Residential Permit Value measures non-residential sector growth in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) by calculating the dollar value of non-residential building permits issued in the region. The non-residential sector includes industrial, commercial and institutional sectors. This is a leading measure because building permits need to be applied for before actual construction can commence. The measure assumes that actual construction occurs. As this is a regional measure and impacted by the economy, Edmonton Region Non-Residential Permit Value is considered an indicator.

Measure Importance

This measure is an indicator of the City’s success at encouraging non-residential growth in both the city and the region through successful partnerships with Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association, the Capital Region Board and the Greater Edmonton Economic Development Team. Growth in non-residential investment:

  • generates new jobs,
  • spurs the growth of smaller value-chain businesses,
  • increases the demand for office space and
  • increases sector diversity through renewed growth in sectors such as health care, education and hospitality

Historical Data

Edmonton Region Non-residential Permit Value ($ in Billions)

Data source: Statistics Canada CANSIM Table 026-0006.

City of Edmonton Non-residential Permits Value

Data source: Statistics Canada - Building Permits, Publication 64-001-XWF.

Edmonton Region Non-residentialPermits Value ($ in Millions)

Data source: Statistics Canada - Table 026-0006 Building permits, by type of structure and area, seasonally adjusted, monthly (dollars x 1,000).

Explanation of Performance

According to Statistics Canada, the non-residential permit value for the Edmonton CMA decreased from $2.34 billion (2016) to $1.86 billion (2017). There was a decrease in permit value within the commercial and industrial sectors and a upward trend in the institutional sector for the region and the city of Edmonton. In recent years, permit value was higher than previous years in the region. Construction of the Ice District, the Royal Alberta Museum, college expansions, the premium outlet mall and the new Valley Line LRT were all major contributors to the non-residential permit value. Many of these projects are close to completion, if not already complete.

The decrease in permit value in the commercial and industrial sectors is indicative of reduced investor confidence tied to a weak economy. However, with oil prices improving in 2017, there was increased investment in the oil sector, and the region also saw an increase in institutional permit value. The construction of a therapeutic greenhouse and support building at Alberta Hospital, along with the revitalization of colleges, schools and healthcare facilities in and around the Edmonton region, are driving an increase in institutional permit value.
Over the years, the City of Edmonton has strengthened its non-residential programs and partnerships through initiatives supported by City Council, particularly through the Industrial Investment Action Plan, Edmonton Global, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association, Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board and Provincial investor attraction initiatives.

Additional Useful Information

A breakdown of the dollar value of non-residential building permits issued in the city of Edmonton is provided for industrial, commercial and institutional sectors. The dollar value of non-residential building permits issued in the Edmonton CMA is also provided for industrial, commercial and institutional sectors. Separating the data at the CMA and city-level offers a richer understanding of the non-residential investment being attracted to the region and the success of the city at competing for non-residential investment. In 2017, industrial and commercial building permits decreased, while institutional building permits increased in Edmonton and Edmonton CMA.

Useful Links

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