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Province's non-residential construction down in Q2, but ahead of last year

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Significantly lower investment in non-residential building construction in Quebec drove down the national results for the second quarter by 3.4 per cent to $12.5 billion.

Total value of non-residential construction in Manitoba was down by 2.2 per cent to $366 million compared to the first quarter but was up 12.3 per cent compared to the same quarter last year according to a Statistics Canada report released today. That’s the largest increase of all the provinces.

In Winnipeg non-residential construction, including industrial, commercial and institutional projects, was up slightly — by 0.2 per cent — compared to the first quarter. In Winnipeg the year over year gain was 12.9 per cent.

In Manitoba industrial work was down 12.6 per cent in the second quarter compared to the first and institutional work was down 5.1 per cent but commercial work was up 3.0 per cent.

Manitoba had post quarter-over-quarter increases in three of the previous four quarters.

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