Vaughan reported a 2017 construction value of $1.969 billion between the 5,328 permits issued in 2017, well surpassing last year's value of $1.149 billion. In a statement issued by Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, he notes that "the City's growth in the last eight years has been remarkable." Construction values equal an amount of more than $5 million in construction activity per day in the city. Bevilacqua adds "these outstanding construction values represent a strong economy, a destination of choice and a prosperous place to live." In a recent citizen survey conducted by the City of Vaughan, it was revealed that 97% of residents believe "life is good" in Vaughan, and enjoy their quality of life.
The announcement comes as no surprise considering the recent completion of the Toronto York Spadina Subway Extension, which includes new stations up to the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. Recent announcement of the proposed Expo City 5, a 61-storey tower as the 5th phase of Expo City will add to this development boom in coming years.
Further from Toronto, Oshawa announced the city had surpassed a $600 million construction value for building permits in 2017- a first in its history. Having issued 2,286 building permits, Oshawa reached just over $614.3 million, breaking a 2015 record by $56 million. Of this, residential construction dominated with $483.5 million in construction permits, $29 million more than the 2015 record. Oshawa constructed 555 residential dwellings in July alone, with $144.9 million worth of construction taking place that month. Topping the list is University Studios at 1900 Simcoe Street north, a new apartment complex with a construction value of approximately $24 million.
Government and institutional construction was held the next highest value, at $60.2 million. Mike Leonard, Oshawa's Chief Building Official notes, "not only has our construction volume increased, but also the types of buildings we are reviewing are larger and more complex." Durham District School Board saw construction of a new elementary school at 2200 Bridle Road, costing $11.9 million and extensive renovations to Oshawa Central Collegiate with a cost of $10 million.