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Pool market will test the strength of the ‘staycation’ philosophy in 2016

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Eastern Canada remains the country’s largest region for permit registration, with 64.5 per cent; however, unlike 2014 when almost every region except for Atlantic Canada showed decreases in pool permit registrations, this was not the case in 2015. Every CMA in the Maritimes reported losses; however, areas such as Montreal, Quebec, Toronto, and Brantford bounced back. On the other hand, the Prairies and western Canada experienced some of the largest increases in issued building permits per CMA in 2015, with Kelowna leading the pack. (See the chart ‘Building Permits Issued for Swimming Pools in Major Urban Centres (2011-2015) below for details on specific municipalities.)

Building Permits Issued For Swimming Pools in Census Metropolitan Areas (2011-2015)

Region 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Canada 10803 12517 12052 10154 10698
Abbotsford 18 13 14 10 6
Barrie 197 280 211 170 163
Brantford 59 70 77 31 59
Calgary 47 48 37 36 36
Chicoutimi-Jonquiere
Edmonton 21 64 25 31 38
Guelph 61 64 82 59 42
Halifax 85 35 32 38 29
Hamilton 407 481 436 283 187
Kelowna 139 118 150 140 243
Kingston 44 51 62 42 36
Kitchener/
Cambridge/
Waterloo
155 250 171 146 86
London 229 223 205 153 144
Moncton 46 29 25 20 13
Montreal 3656 4783 4546 3763 4175
Oshawa
Ottawa/Hull/
Gatineau
171 165 186 15 170
Peterborough 57 81 66 46 46
Quebec 867 396 542 447 463
Regina 8 6 9 12 11
Saguenay 63 48 45 84 67
St. Catharines/
Niagara
213 209 201 192 179
Saint John 11 10 22 17 15
Saint John’s 14 12 21 22 23
Saskatoon 5 15 10 10 11
Sherbrooke 378 435 406 397 386
Sudbury 142 192 150 107 89
Thunder Bay 2
Toronto 503 693 458 228 279
Trois-Rivières 81 128 147 117 134
Vancouver 156 155 129 161 171
Victoria 23 13 10 6 13
Windsor 108 100 96 105 106
Winnipeg 153 178 125 106 125
Total Major Urban Area Permits 8119 9345 8696 6994 7545
The installation of residential swimming pools does not require a building permit in every municipality. Some areas issue permits for inground pools only. These figures are therefore conservative. Statistics Canada combined the Ottawa/Hull/Gatineau statistic. Source: Statistics Canada
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