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

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

2016-06-06-Top-10-Canada-Projects-May-2016There 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 – May 2016
(East to
Sq. Ft.
Toronto Engineering Eglinton Crosstown LRT * $2,200
Toronto Transit Commission, Metrolinx
Toronto Residential Omega on the Park 840 $136
(1 structure; 35 storeys; 374 units) 115 McMahon Dr
Concord Adex Development Corp
Toronto Residential Downsview Park – Stanley Green Neighbourhood, Phase One 771 $125
(48 structures; 3 storeys; 560 units) 2995 Keele St
Mattamy Homes Ltd
Toronto Residential Dundas Square Gardens 611 $99
(1 structure; 50 storeys; 1004 units) 200 Dundas St E
Easton Group
Toronto Residential Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos 607 $98
(2 structures; 38 storeys; 693 units) 2131 Yonge St
Freed Developments Ltd, Capital Developments Ltd
London Residential Azure Condominiums 450 $73
(1 structure; 30 storeys; 180 units) 505 Talbot St
Tricar Developments Inc
North York Residential Lawrence Heights, Phase 1A, Yorkdale Residences Condo 340 $55
(2 structures; 15 storeys; 406 units) Ranee Ave & Allen Rd
Toronto Community Housing Corp
British Columbia
Vancouver Residential One Burrard Place 475 $78
(1 structure; 53 storeys; 469 units) 1290 Burrard St
The Jim Pattison Group, Reliance Properties Ltd
Dawson Creek Engineering Dawson Regional Liquefied Natural Gas Facility * $250
AltaGas Income Trust
Whitehorse Institutional Whitehorse Continuing Care Facility 640 $135
(7 structures; 3 storeys; 150 units) Whistle Bend
Government of Yukon
TOTALS: 4,734 $3,249
*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 – May 2016
Moving totals of the latest 12 months*
(CanaData Figures)
Trend lines of construction starts in Canada – May 2016
*For example, the May 2016 figure is the sum of the monthly numbers for June 2015 through May 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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