After February’s document tempo, BC constructing allow volumes naturally returned 31.4 p.c in March. The layoffs mirror a normalization in non-residential constructing intentions, which fell 66.3 p.c, offset by a rise in residential constructing intentions, by 17.6 p.c month to month (m/m). Regardless of the decline, permits remained properly above the pre-pandemic development.

The expansion in residential constructing allowed for the multi-family section (23.2 per cent m/m) and the fourth consecutive month-to-month achieve for single-detached households (up 4.1 per cent), mirrored in good points. The robust inflow of latest residents to British Columbia through the pandemic, together with a decent rental market and a scorching possession market, continues to assist new residential funding.

Quarterly, complete constructing allow volumes have been up 36.8 p.c in comparison with the identical interval final 12 months. Residential and non-residential constructing permits accounted for two.4 p.c and 144.4 p.c, respectively.

Within the first quarter of 2022, regardless of a decline in exercise in March, complete building intentions throughout all metro areas remained 33.7 p.c increased than the earlier 12 months’s tempo. Statistics Canada launched new automobile gross sales numbers for the BC and areas final week and total gross sales fell sharply to six.7 p.c m/m after robust gross sales in February, with gross sales up 6.4 p.c. Whereas passenger automobile gross sales continued to say no (down 8.5 per cent m/m), truck gross sales additionally declined 5.4 per cent m/m in March.

Greater inflation, together with gasoline, extra choices for working remotely, and provide chain points conserving the provision of latest vehicles under pre-pandemic ranges are all contributing elements to decrease new automobile gross sales.

The common value of a brand new automobile rose 0.6 p.c to $51,910 in March as a drop within the common value of a passenger automobile (down 0.3 p.c) was offset by barely increased costs for vehicles (up 0.7 p.c).


New automobile gross sales have been down 11.1 per cent from final 12 months’s tempo, whereas common new automobile costs have been up 7.6 per cent from final 12 months’s development.

New automobile gross sales are more likely to stall primarily based on the dearth of a provide chain and the excessive value of dwelling and borrowing for these trying to finance new automobile purchases. • Brian Yu is Chief Economist at Central 1 Credit score Union.

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