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2010 Construction Values - Shift to Intensification and Growth in Commercial and City Categories

Jan 31, 2011

The City of Mississauga's year-end Building Report indicates 62 per cent growth in the commercial construction and 285 per cent growth in the municipal projects categories with overall value of permits amounting to more than $451 million.

"As expected, the focus of development is shifting to infill and intensification based on the age and growth stage of the City," said Planning and Building Commissioner Ed Sajecki. "The construction values for 2010 are a reflection of economic conditions including a decline in industrial activity across the GTA. In contrast, we are experiencing healthy growth in the commercial sector and expect that trend to continue. We also experienced growth in municipal projects from the funding under the federal and provincial government's Infrastructure Stimulus Fund (ISF) program and Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC)."

According to the December year-end Building Report, the City issued a total of 3,480 permits - 66 more than in 2009.

"There continues to be a great deal of construction work done; however it is of a different nature from what we have previously experienced," said Agris Robeznieks, Chief Building Official and Director, Building Division. "In 2010, we issued more permits for smaller projects and many permits were conditional, meaning they will carry over and will be added to our 2011 numbers. We also expect more commercial/retail development from the City's transit projects including the Bus Rapid Transit Project and Hurontario/Mainstreet Study."

The value of building permits issued for residential construction totaled $190 million and commercial/industrial construction totaled $173 million. Notable projects include the 225,000-square foot AeroCentre V and the start of Amacon's multi-phased Parkside Village.

"Development continues to shape our downtown, and new and redevelopment projects take place in every area of Mississauga," added Sajecki. "Moving forward, the City plans to review fees and processes to ensure they align with the nature of construction taking place today and in the future."

For more information about the City's December Building Report, please contact Agris Robeznieks, Chief Building Official and Director, Building Division at 905-615-3200, ext. 5594. The report is available on-line at the City's website at http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/services/currentyearreports

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 734,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is one of Greater Toronto's Top 90 Employers for 2010. Enhancing its citizens' quality of life by providing superior services, revitalizing its infrastructure and conserving the environment, Mississauga is committed to innovation, operational excellence and fiscal responsibility which are reflected in its motto: "Leading Today for Tomorrow."

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Related Links:
   2010 Building Report


Media Contact:
Catherine Monast
Senior Communications Advisor, Transportation & Works
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5046
TTY:    905-896-5151
Email:   catherine.monast@mississauga.ca


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