The value of building permits issued in September was 12.7 per cent higher in September following a drop of almost a third the previous month.

Ontario led the way with non-residential permits up 23.9 per cent; Quebec and Nova Scotia are also higher; but Alberta saw a sharp decline, particularly in the condo market, along with lower figures for Newfoundland and Labrador.

Multi-family units saw gains of 10.8 per cent after a 28 per cent drop in August; single-family dwellings rose 2.5 per cent following a 2.3 per cent drop in August.

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