TORONTO — Toronto remains far and away the North American city with the biggest crane count based on Rider Levett Bucknall’s most recent survey of 14 cities but the Q3 count is down from Q1.
The semi-annual RLB report found Toronto has 230 cranes dotting the skyscape, significantly more than second-place Los Angeles with 46.
Next in line were Seattle, 42; Denver, 32; and Washington, D.C., 26. There were 21 cranes counted in Calgary, the only other Canadian city included by RLB.
Cities seeing an increase in cranes were Boston, Denver, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Portland, Los Angeles, New York and Seattle.
The Toronto count is a slight decline from the 252 cranes recorded in Q1 but that tally was the most ever recorded by RLB over the past seven years.
Toronto took a big leap in Q1 2021, from 124 a half year earlier to 208.
RLB noted there has been a significant decline in new condo sales and mixed-use projects in Toronto in recent months, as well as staffing challenges related to strikes by Ontario construction workers.
The industrial market continues to be a hub of activity as the GTA’s demand is centred on logistics and distribution, manufacturing, consumer goods and services, and retail/ e-commerce businesses.
RLB also commented that continued strength will come from major transportation spending by the Ontario government.
The crane counts were done in August.
The cities included in the crane count reflect where RLB conducts business.
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