Montreal tops new-home prices
Statistics Canada delivered its New Housing Price Index for October this morning. Nationally, prices for new homes rose 0.8 per cent in October following a 1.2 per cent acceleration in September, with prices up in 21 of the 27 census metropolitan areas surveyed. New house prices rose at the fastest pace in Montreal (up 2.7 per cent) in October, followed by St. Catharines–Niagara and Trois-Rivieres (both up 2.2 per cent). Builders attributed the increase in all three cities to higher construction costs and strong market conditions. New–house prices also continued to rise in Canada’s most expensive markets of Vancouver (up 1.3 per cent) and Toronto (up 0.6 per cent) in October.
RICS hosts diversity forum Nov. 24
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has announced a forum on diversity to be held Nov. 24. The event, billed as an Americas Update: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, will feature RICS members discussing the value of diverse workplaces in the built environment.
Feds have housing news for Sudbury
On Monday the federal government will be making an announcement related to housing in Sudbury, Ont. The event will take place at 10 a.m. at 1310 Sparks St. in Sudbury.
Rimkus extends Canadian reach
Houston-based Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. today announced it has acquired Canadian firms IRC Building Sciences Group and Le Groupe IRC. Rimkus serves the forensic engineering and architectural and engineering markets.
Phillips, Elliot join Ford
Ontario Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Minister of Health Christine Elliott, Minister of Finance Rod Phillips and Chief Medical Office of Health Dr. David Williams to make an announcement that is expected to address possible measures related to the pandemic. The event will take place at Queen’s Park in Toronto at 3:30 p.m.