Canadian Real GDP Slips 0.3% in Q3, but Housing Investment Climbs

Statistics Canada (StatCan) reported on Thursday (11-30-23) that real gross domestic product (GDP) in Q3 declined 0.3% from Q2. The drop follows a 0.3% increase in Q2.

StatCan said the decrease in international exports and slower inventory accumulation were partially offset by increases in government spending and housing investment.

Final domestic demand increased 0.3% in Q3, following a similar increase in Q2.

Housing Investment

In regard to housing investment, after five consecutive quarterly declines, housing investment increased by 2.0% in Q3. A 6.5% increase in new construction was partly offset by a 4.3% decline in ownership transfer costs, which represent resale activity.

According to StatCan, apartment construction had the greatest impact on new construction; costs related to new construction, such as taxes and closing costs upon ownership change, also contributed to new construction investment. The increase in new construction was observed across all provinces and the Northwest Territories, with the Atlantic provinces posting the largest increases.

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