Statistics Canada says higher spending in the commercial and industrial components pushed investment up 1.8 per cent to $11.2 billion.
Investment rose in seven provinces, with the largest increases in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta.
Investment in commercial building construction rose 2.3 per cent from the first quarter to $6.7 billion.
Industrial investment rose 6.2 per cent to $1.4 billion, the third consecutive quarterly gain.
But the agency reports that in the institutional component, investment declined 1.1 per cent from the first quarter to $3.1 million.