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

The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in September 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 jobsite 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 – September 2016
(East to

Sq. Ft.
Brossard Residential Quartier TOD DIX30 4,000 $1,000
(15 structures; 20 storeys; 2500 units), au nord de l’A-10 et à l’ouest de l’A-30
Devimco Inc.
Montréal Residential Tour des Canadiens, Phase Two 650 $165
(1 structure; 49 storeys; 590 units), rue St-Antoine O 
La Corp Cadillac Fairview Lteé, FTQ Fonds immobil de solidar, Canderel Ltée, Club de Hockey Canadien
Le Fjord-du-Saguenay Engineering poste de La Chamouchouane à Réservoir Blanc * $53
Welland Industrial GE Brilliant Factory 499 $265
(1 structure; 2 storeys), Silverthorn Street and Buckner Road, will be LEED Certified
GE Canada Inc.
Ottawa Engineering Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel * $153
City of Ottawa
Ajax Residential Vision at Pat Bayly Square, Phase Two 800 $129
(2 structures; 25 storeys; 600 units) Harwood Avenue and Bayly Street
Medallion Properties
Toronto Residential Garrison Point Condominium, Townhouses and Retail 550 $89
(2 structures; 35 storeys; 650 units), 30 Ordnance Street
Cityzen Development Group, DiamondCorp.
Mississauga Institutional University of Toronto Mississauga, North Building 221 $88
(1 structure; 6 storeys), 3359 Mississauga Road North, will be LEED Certified
University of Toronto
Edmonton Residential The Legends Private Residences, ICE District, Block A 756 $250
(1 structure; 54 storeys; 598 units), 102 Street and 103 Avenue
The Katz Group of Companies, WAM Development Group
Red Deer Commercial Red Deer Arena 60 $21
(1 structure; 2 storeys), 4725 43rd Street
City of Red Deer
TOTALS:     7,536 $2,213
*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 – September 2016
Moving totals of the latest 12 months*
(CanaData Figures)
Trend lines of construction starts in Canada – September 2016
*For example, the September 2016 figure is the sum of the monthly numbers for October 2015 through September 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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