Top 10 Largest Construction Project Starts in Canada and Trend Graph – August 2016

The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in August 2016. Also included is the latest trend graph on starts. This looks at 12-month moving totals of the two major nonresidential building categories in Canada − total ICI starts and engineering work. ICI stands for industrial, commercial and institutional.


There are several reasons for highlighting upcoming large projects. Such jobs have often received a fair amount of media coverage. Therefore, people in the industry are on the lookout for when job-site work actually gets underway. And, as showcase projects, they highlight geographically where major construction projects are proceeding.

Also, total construction activity is comprised of many small and medium-sized projects and a limited number of large developments. But the largest projects, simply by their nature, can dramatically affect total dollar and square footage volumes. In other words, the timing and size of these projects have an exaggerated influence on market forecasts.

Top 10 projects of the month – August 2016
(East to

Sq. Ft.
Newfoundland and Labrador
St Lawrence Engineering AGS Fluorspar Mine * $250
Canada Fluorspar
New Brunswick
Moncton Commerical Moncton Downtown Centre, Multi-use Sports Facility 250 $107
(1 structure; 3 storeys), 1100 Main Street
City of Moncton
Montréal Commercial Fairmont Reine Elizabeth Hotel * $140
(1 structure; 20 storeys; 500 units), 900 boul René-Lévesque O
Le Reine Elizabeth Hôtel Fairmont, Ivanhoe Cambridge
Port-Cartier Engineering Biofuel Plant * $78
Produits Forestiers Arbec inc.
Essa Twp. Institutional CFB Borden Data Centre Addition 50 $400
(1 structure; 1 storey), 16 Ramilies Road, will be LEED Certified
Defence Construction Canada
Fort Erie Engineering Peace Bridge * $80
Buffalo and Fort Erie Bridge Authority
Whitby Residential Trafalgar Green Condominium Apartment Building and Townhouse 404 $65
(80 structures; 3 storeys; 281 units) 1010 Dundas Street
Kantium Development & Construction
Regina Residential Westerra Condominium Apartment Building and Townhouses, Phases 1-6 3,000 $300
(500 structures; 4 storeys; 3500 units), Dewdney Avenue East
Forster Projects Inc., Harvard Developments Inc.
Edmonton Commercial Northeast Transit Garage 13 $123
(1 structure; 2 storeys), 12403 Fort Road Northwest
City of Edmonton
British Columbia
Taylor Engineering Taylor Wind Project * $900
EDF EN Canada Inc.
TOTALS:     3,717 $2,443
*A square footage measure does not apply for alteration and engineering work.
Data source and table: ConstructConnect – CanaData.
Trend lines of construction starts in Canada – August 2016
Moving totals of the latest 12 months*
(CanaData Figures)
Trend lines of construction starts in Canada – August 2016
*For example, the August 2016 figure is the sum of the monthly numbers for September 2015 through August 2016.
†ICI is the sum of industrial, commercial and institutional.
The prominent jumps in the engineering curve reflect such mega project starts as Horizon Oil Sands work in Alberta (March 2005), the Eastmain 1-A hydroelectric power project in northern Québec (June 2007), the Kearl Oil Sands Project in Alberta (April 2010), the Firebag 4 SAGD Oil Sands project in Alberta (June 2011) and the Voyageur heavy oil processing plant Alberta (August 2011). In May 2010, the ICI curve shot upward due to the McGill University medical centre project in Montreal. In March 2012, Alcan’s modernization project in Kitimat was initiated.
Data source and chart: ConstructConnect – CanaData.

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