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Growth Trends Review


The Growth Trends Review Report 2017 is available online or from the Planning Services Department directly.

The 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.

Clarington’s total building permit value increased by 11.2 per cent from $341.3 million in 2016 to $379.7 million in 2017. Residential building permit values rose by 3.1 per cent in 2017, rising from $320.3 million to $330.3 million. The value of non-residential building permits in 2017 increased by 57.5 per cent from $21.0 million to $49.4 million.


  • Over the last 15 years Clarington’s share of building permit value in Durham has increased from 10 per cent to over 20 per cent.
  • Clarington contributed approximately one-quarter of the total residential permit value in Durham Region in 2017.
  • Within the past three years, at least 20 per cent of the total building permits for Durham were new residential construction in Clarington.

Over the short and medium term, a number of major projects are expected to increase the Municipality’s building permit activity. Infrastructure projects such as the Highway 407 and 418, the refurbishment of the Darlington Nuclear Generation Station reactors, the GO Transit Lakeshore East line expansion from Oshawa to Bowmanville, plus the new Toyota parts plant are expected to drive the demand for additional housing in the Municipality over the next few years.

Over the last 15 years, Clarington's share of building permit value in Durham has increased from 10 per cent to over 20 per cent. Clarington and Oshawa each contributed approximately one-quarter of total residential permit value in Durham Region.

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