(Adds details from report)
OTTAWA Jan 10 The value of Canadian building
permits edged down in November due to lower construction
intentions in Alberta following a surge the month before ahead
of provincial building code changes, data from Statistics Canada
showed on Tuesday.
The 0.1 percent decrease was not as large as economists'
forecasts for a decline of 5.0 percent, while October was
revised up to a gain of 10.5 percent from the previously
reported 8.7 percent.
A 1.6 percent decline in residential building permits led
the way lower in November as construction plans for both
single-family and multi-family buildings fell.
Alberta posted fewer construction intentions in both
residential categories, correcting from a spike in October as
builders rushed to get ahead of new energy efficiency rules for
residential and commercial buildings that came into effect at
the beginning of November.
National non-residential building permits rose 3.0 percent
on increased construction plans for institutional buildings,
including educational facilities and nursing homes.
Industrial permits rose for the second month in a row on
increased plans to build primary industry buildings and
manufacturing plants, but permits for commercial buildings
dropped with fewer plans to build hotels and office buildings.
(Reporting by Leah Schnurr; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)