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Modest pool permit increase a result of weather and softening economy

Atlantic

From spring blizzards, rare June frosts, summer snow in Newfoundland, and wide-spread power outages, it was another rough start to the year as only 10 permits were recorded between January and March. That said, it was still nine more than there were registered during this period in 2016, which was a benchmark year for most of the country.

Over the next four months (April to July), pool permit registrations picked up, but nowhere near the pace of the 2017 season. In fact, permits were down 57 per cent, from 260 in 2017 to 112 last year. This drop was largely in part to an 82 per cent decrease in permit registrations during the month of July in Nova Scotia (Halifax). That said, it was still better than the one permit that was issued in this region in 2015.

Regions such as Newfoundland (up three permits) and Moncton (up six permits) showed year-over-year increases, while registrations in New Brunswick continued trending upwards with a 5.5 per cent increase over 2017. Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia failed to see a continuation in permit increases in 2018. Unfortunately, St. John’s has been one CMA in this region that has been in a downward spiral for the last three years.

Once again, the number of pool permits registered last year between July and December outpaced the 2017 season by 26 per cent. However, the 66 per cent year-over-year increase experienced in 2017 could not be sustained, resulting in 43 per cent fewer permits in 2018. This region represents 1.1 per cent of the total number of building permits in Canadian CMAs, which is a decrease of 2.4 per cent in comparison to 2017.

Building Permits Issued For Swimming Pools in Census Metropolitan Areas (2014-2018)

Region 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Canada 10154 10698 13054 12067 12224
Abbotsford-Mission 10 6 10 5 10
Barrie 170 163 248 118 94
Belleville 4 17
Brantford 31 59 30 39 47
Calgary 36 36 31 39 46
Chicoutimi-Jonquiere
Edmonton 31 38 31 77 27
Guelph 59 42 245 76 86
Halifax 38 29 36 224 55
Hamilton 283 187 414 494 506
Kelowna 140 243 180 221 233
Kingston 42 36 51 36 45
Kitchener/
Cambridge/
Waterloo
146 86 127 146 126
Lethbridge 38 33
London 153 144 256 259 263
Moncton 20 13 25 21 27
Montreal 3763 4175 4730 4272 4302
Oshawa 2
Ottawa/Hull/
Gatineau
15 170 367 180 200
Peterborough 46 46 52 34 39
Quebec 447 463 598 612 753
Regina 12 11 5 10 4
Saguenay 84 67 56 47 50
St. Catharines/
Niagara
192 179 221 268 221
Saint John 17 15 18 33 8
Saint John’s 22 23 97 11 10
Saskatoon 10 11 9 8 11
Sherbrooke 397 386 481 409 408
Sudbury 107 89 159 108 121
Thunder Bay
Toronto 228 279 311 360 283
Trois-Rivières 117 134 181 158 178
Vancouver 161 171 226 207 187
Victoria 6 13 9 6 8
Windsor 105 106 134 191 238
Winnipeg 106 125 101 111 140
Total Major Urban Area Permits 6994 7545 9439 8824 8776
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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