OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says the value of building permits issued by municipalities declined 11.2 per cent to $5.7 billion in December, following a 14.5 per cent drop in November.

The agency says the December decrease reflected lower construction intentions in both the residential and non-residential sectors.

Every province except Quebec showed a decline in December, with Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario posting the largest decreases.

Construction intentions in the residential sector fell 13.1 per cent to $3.3 billion, with Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba accounting for much of the decline and Newfoundland and Labrador as the lone province with an increase.

The value of permits issued in the non-residential sector dropped 8.5 per cent to $2.5 billion in December, the third decrease in four months.

Manitoba posted the largest decline, followed by Alberta, while Quebec had the largest increase with Ontario a distant second.

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  • 5th Worst: Fraser Valley, BC -- Down 25.5%

    Percent change in total dollar value of home sales, Nov. 2011 to Nov. 2012 Source: <a href="http://homepriceindex.ca/docs/2012_12_17_news_release_rl.pdf">CREA</a>

  • 4th Worst: Victoria, BC -- Down 26%

    Percent change in total dollar value of home sales, Nov. 2011 to Nov. 2012 Source: <a href="http://homepriceindex.ca/docs/2012_12_17_news_release_rl.pdf">CREA</a>

  • 3rd Worst: St. Catharines, ON -- Down 26.9%

    Percent change in total dollar value of home sales, Nov. 2011 to Nov. 2012 Source: <a href="http://homepriceindex.ca/docs/2012_12_17_news_release_rl.pdf">CREA</a>

  • 2nd Worst: Vancouver -- Down 32.2%

    Percent change in total dollar value of home sales, Nov. 2011 to Nov. 2012 Source: <a href="http://homepriceindex.ca/docs/2012_12_17_news_release_rl.pdf">CREA</a>

  • Worst: Halifax, NS -- Down 36.1%

    Percent change in total dollar value of home sales, Nov. 2011 to Nov. 2012 Source: <a href="http://homepriceindex.ca/docs/2012_12_17_news_release_rl.pdf">CREA</a>

  • 5th Best: Sudbury, ON -- Up 10.7%

    Percent change in total dollar value of home sales, Nov. 2011 to Nov. 2012 Source: <a href="http://homepriceindex.ca/docs/2012_12_17_news_release_rl.pdf">CREA</a>

  • 4th Best: Kitchener-Waterloo, ON -- Up 11.4%

    Percent change in total dollar value of home sales, Nov. 2011 to Nov. 2012 Source: <a href="http://homepriceindex.ca/docs/2012_12_17_news_release_rl.pdf">CREA</a>

  • 3rd Best: Calgary -- Up 14.8%

    Percent change in total dollar value of home sales, Nov. 2011 to Nov. 2012 Source: <a href="http://homepriceindex.ca/docs/2012_12_17_news_release_rl.pdf">CREA</a>

  • 2nd Best: Windsor, ON -- Up 17.1%

    Percent change in total dollar value of home sales, Nov. 2011 to Nov. 2012 Source: <a href="http://homepriceindex.ca/docs/2012_12_17_news_release_rl.pdf">CREA</a>

  • Best: Saint John, NB -- Up 18.9%

    Percent change in total dollar value of home sales, Nov. 2011 to Nov. 2012 Source: <a href="http://homepriceindex.ca/docs/2012_12_17_news_release_rl.pdf">CREA</a>