The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in December 2020. Also included is the latest trend graph on starts. This looks at 12-month moving totals of the civil and nonresidential building categories in Canada.

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 construction projects of the month – December 2020

(East to

Sq. Ft.


Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu Institutional Maisons des Aînés et Maisons Alternatives – Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Senior Care Home 165 $86
    (2 structures; 3 storeys; 192 units) boulevard Saint-Luc    
    Société Québecoise des Infrastructures    
Gatineau Institutional Reconstruction of Mont Bleu High School * $37
    (1 structure) 389 boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes    
    Centre de Service scolaire des Portages-de-l’Outaouais    
North York Residential Auberge On The Park Residential Towers – Phases One and Two 1,013 $190
    (4 structures; 45 storeys; 642 units) 1095 Leslie St    
    Tridel Group/Rowntree Enterprises Inc    
Oakville Residential Distrikt Trailside – East and West Buildings 600 $110
    (2 structures; 10 storeys; 700 units) 405 Dundas St W    
    Distrikt Developments    
Toronto Residential Chateau Condominium – Auberge On The Park – Phase Three 450 $83
    (3 structures; 39 storeys; 251 units) 1087 Leslie St    
    Tridel Group/Rowntree Enterprises Inc    
Hamilton Industrial Sierra Cold Storage Processing Facility Expansion / Hamilton 163 $80
    (1 structure, 2 storeys) 90 Glover Rd    
    Penta Properties Inc    
Richmond Hill Residential 8888 Yonge Condos 160 $29
    (2 structures; 15 storeys, 199 units) 8888 Yonge St    
    Metroview Developments    
Almonte Institutional Almonte Country Haven Long Term Care Home Addition and Renovations 35 $20
    (2 structures; 2 storeys; 14 units) 333 Country St    
    Omni Health Care Partners    
Springfield Engineering/Civil Bridge Replacement over the Red River Floodway (Structure) on PTH 59N * $40
    (3 structures) Highway 59N    
    Manitoba Infrastructure    
British Columbia        
Vancouver Engineering/Civil Broadway Subway Project * $2,830
    Multiple Locations    
    British Columbia Ministry of Transportation    
TOTALS:     2,586 $3,505


*A square footage measure does not apply for alteration and engineering work.
**The Coastal GasLink project for TransCanada PipeLines (now TC Energy), $6.2 billion in B.C., has been added to September 2019 starts.

Data source and table: ConstructConnect – CanaData.

Trend lines of construction starts in Canada – December 2020
Moving totals of the latest 12 months*
(ConstructConnect Insight Forecast Figures)

Trend lines of construction starts in Canada – December 2020

*For example, the December 2020 figure is the sum of the monthly numbers for January 2020 through December 2020.

Data source and chart: ConstructConnect Insight – CanaData.

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