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09/10/2014 11:56 EDT | Updated 09/10/2014 11:59 EDT

Alberta Will Soon Be Building More Houses Than All Of Canada East Of Ontario

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Here’s some more data to highlight just how ridiculous the gap between Alberta’s economy and the rest of the country has grown.

Combined, Quebec and the Maritime provinces have more than 10.5 million people, considerably more than double Alberta’s 4 million people.

But if things keep going as they are, Alberta will soon be building more houses than all those provinces combined.

In a research note released Wednesday, BMO economist Robert Kavcic noted that housing starts in Alberta have been running at an annual pace of 43,000 in recent months, just short of the 47,000 pave seen in Quebec and Atlantic Canada combined.

With Alberta’s housing starts on a long-term upward swing, and eastern Canada’s starts on a long-term downward swing, Alberta could soon be putting up more homes than all of eastern Canada, Kavcic predicted.

bmo housing starts

This is just the latest data set to reflect the chasm that’s growing between Alberta’s oil-fueled economy and the rest of the country, which has seen middling economic growth for years.

The province has been responsible for pretty much all the job growth in Canada over the past year. That’s right, no other parts of Canada have actually added jobs over the past year. (This record may be coming to a close; Alberta, for all its economic might, has been losing jobs in recent jobs reports.)

And according to estimates from Bloomberg, Alberta’s GDP will surpass that of Quebec within a few years, making it the second-largest economy in Canada, after Ontario. No small feat considering Quebec has twice Alberta’s population.

So the question now is, just how long can this gap keep growing?

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