21.7% more building permits in 2011
Of all the residential units approved last year, 200 100 were dwellings in apartment complexes (+ 21.6% over 2010). The increase in building permits for dwellings in multi-family houses (+ 26.8%) was even higher than the rise in permits for single-family homes (+ 19.6%) and duplexes (+ 7.3%).
The cubic volume covered by permits for new non-residential buildings increased by 11.2% in 2011, to 213.6 million m3. This was mainly attributable to a greater number of permits for private builder-owners (up 16.0% to 196.7 million m3), while those issued to the public sector dropped 24.7% to 16.9 million m3.