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State of the Industry 2015

Regional activity

As the industry was down by 16 per cent in 2014, the only activity was either huge decreases or slight increases in various regions across Canada. Population alone makes Ontario and Quebec Canada’s largest regions for swimming pool installations; however, it also makes each province susceptible to large declines in pool building permit registrations as was witnessed in 2014. Together, they represent 64 per cent of the 2014 Canadian market; however, their combined market share dropped approximately three per cent in comparison to 2013 due to the fact some of each province’s largest urban centres experienced large permit decreases year-over-year.

In Atlantic Canada, pool permits were down 0.9 per cent over 2013, while western Canada saw permits increase by 0.8 per cent in 2014, which is two per cent lower than this region’s four-year high of seven per cent. (See the chart below.)

Thanks to Atlantic Canada’s fourth warmest summer on record, this region managed to keep pace with the number of pool permit registrations recorded in 2013. Although this region was one of four across Canada to register fewer permits in 2014, it was only one shy of the 2013 total. Year-over-year, this region had a 0.9 per cent decrease.

Building Permits Issued For Swimming Pools in Census Metropolitan Areas (2010-2014)

Region 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Canada 9457 10803 12517 12052 10154
Abbotsford 21 18 13 14 10
Barrie 213 197 280 211 170
Brantford 77 59 70 77 31
Calgary 51 47 48 37 36
Chicoutimi-Jonquiere
Edmonton 77 21 64 25 31
Guelph 52 61 64 82 59
Halifax 34 85 35 32 38
Hamilton 352 407 481 436 283
Kelowna 135 139 118 150 140
Kingston 66 44 51 62 42
Kitchener/
Cambridge/
Waterloo
158 155 250 171 146
London 245 229 223 205 153
Moncton 26 46 29 25 20
Montreal 3274 3656 4783 4546 3763
Oshawa
Ottawa/Hull/
Gatineau
152 171 165 186 15
Peterborough 49 57 81 66 46
Quebec 286 867 396 542 447
Regina 7 8 6 9 12
Saguenay 73 63 48 45 84
St. Catharines/
Niagara
177 213 209 201 192
Saint John 7 11 10 22 17
Saint John’s 6 14 12 21 22
Saskatoon 13 5 15 10 10
Sherbrooke 336 378 435 406 397
Sudbury 112 142 192 150 107
Thunder Bay 2 2
Toronto 521 503 693 458 228
Trois-Rivières 98 81 128 147 117
Vancouver 230 156 155 129 161
Victoria 7 23 13 10 6
Windsor 97 108 100 96 105
Winnipeg 110 153 178 125 106
Total Major Urban Area Permits 7064 8119 9345 8696 6994
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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