Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

August 11, 2016 

The composite price index for apartment building construction rose 0.6% in the second quarter compared with the previous quarter. This increase resulted from higher material prices and labour costs.

Of the seven census metropolitan areas surveyed, Vancouver (+1.4%) reported the largest gain, followed by Toronto (+1.2%). Calgary (-1.6%) and Edmonton (-1.6%) recorded the only decreases.

Year over year, the composite price index for apartment building construction rose 0.7%. The largest increase was in Toronto (+2.4%), followed by Montreal (+1.1%). The year-over-year advances were moderated by declines in Calgary (-2.0%), Edmonton (-1.8%) and Vancouver (-0.1%).

The Apartment Building Construction Price Index is a quarterly series that measures changes in contractors' selling prices of new apartment building construction in seven census metropolitan areas: Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa–Gatineau (Ontario part), Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Selling prices include costs of materials, labour and equipment, provincial sales taxes where applicable, and contractors' overhead and profit. The costs of land, land assembly, design and development, as well as real estate fees, are excluded. Value added taxes such as the federal goods and services tax and the harmonized sales tax are excluded.

Table 1: Apartment Building Construction Price Index — Not Seasonally Adjusted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Statistics Canada www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/160809/dq160809b-eng.htm.

 

Study

Technological change has often been the cause for major market disruption. Consumers tend to benefit from these kinds of disruptions through improved service levels or radically lower prices. Wholesalers and distributors, however, have fewer means to drive changes themselves.

Part 2 of this 3-part whitepaper analyzes the disruptive character of LED (“LEDification”), smart home technology and digitalization to see how these trends have changed the behaviour and expectations of installers and contractors as the key customer group of electrical wholesalers.

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By Mark Winfield

The large-scale electrification of transportation and other energy-based services is widely seen as an important element of efforts to reduce significantly greenhouse gas emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels. Major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions will be essential to meeting the requirements of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and preventing what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has termed “dangerous” climate change.

 

 

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