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Growth Trends Review

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2019 Growth Trends Review

The annual Growth Trends Review report identifies emerging development-related issues and trends within the Municipality of Clarington. Building permit activity and other related data are used as indicators of housing and employment activity within Clarington, the level of local investment, and economic performance.

The Municipality of Clarington experienced a decrease in total building permit values in 2019, declining from $422.6 million in 2018 to $129.7 million. In 2019, the total value of residential building permits issued in Clarington was $89.7 million and non-residential building permit values was $39.9 million; both lower than 2018 values.

While these declines are significant, Clarington’s numbers are consistent with the general trends observed across all lakeshore municipalities in Durham Region for 2019, apart from Whitby. Canadian market trends suggest that building construction peaked in 2017 with declining trends through 2019. Other compounding factors affecting the building permit decline in 2019 include new requirements in the Building Code, causing many builders to pull permits at the end of 2018. Additionally, new tests for mortgages such as the percentage of down payment and the increase in mortgage rates resulted in some housing being beyond the means of new buyers. Stabilizing trends were originally forecasted through 2020 and 2021, however, the economic impacts of the unanticipated COVID-19 pandemic will require assessment in next year’s report.

2019 Highlights

  • Clarington made up 8.4 per cent of Durham Region’s residential building permit value and 4.4 per cent of Durham Region’s non-residential building permit value
  • Six residential building permits valued at over $1 million
  • 75 per cent of Clarington’s residential growth was within the built boundary
  • Between 2015 and 2019, 20 per cent of new residential construction in Durham Region was in Clarington
  • 14 non-residential building permits valued at over $1 million

Several projects are contributing to housing growth in Clarington including:

  • Eleven Secondary Plans and two Subwatershed Plans currently underway
  • Ontario Power Generation relocation of headquarters to Clarington’s Energy Park
  • Refurbishment of the reactors at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station
  • The GO Transit Lakeshore East line extension to Bowmanville and Courtice
  • The Toyota Eastern Canada Parts Distribution Centre

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