Municipalities issued just over $6 billion in building permits in October, pushing the value of permits to their second-highest level on record, Statistics Canada said Wendesday.
The October figure was up 6.1 per cent from September.
The peak for permits issued stands at $6.3 billion reached back in December 2005.
Statistics Canada said the rise for October was due to huge gains in construction intentions for multi-family dwellings and commercial buildings.
The value of non-residential permits increased 9.1 per cent to a record $2.4 billion in October, the third consecutive monthly gain, thanks to growth in Alberta and B.C.
Construction intentions in the residential sector totalled $3.6 billion, up 4.3 per cent from September and the third gain in the last four months. While the value of multi-family permits increased, the value of single-family permits declined.