There are several reasons for highlighting upcoming large projects. Such jobs have often received a fair amount of media coverage. Therefore, people in the industry are on the lookout for when job-site work actually gets underway. And, as showcase projects, they highlight geographically where major construction projects are proceeding.

Also, total construction activity is comprised of many small and medium-sized projects and a limited number of large developments. But the largest projects, simply by their nature, can dramatically affect total dollar and square footage volumes. In other words, the timing and size of these projects have an exaggerated influence on market forecasts.



Top 10 construction projects of the month – May 2023

(East to

Sq. Ft.


Newfoundland and Labrador        
Arnold’s Cove Industrial Come By Chance Refinery Expansion and Upgrades * $500
    (2 structures) 1 Refinery Rd    
    Brays Renewable Fuels/Cresta Fund Management    
Alma Civil/Engineering Rehabilitation of Structure P-13936 on Avenue du Pont Nord (Route 169), Above Rivière Aux Harts (Alma) * $463
    (1 structure) QC-169    
    MTQ – Direction – Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean-Chibougamau    
Montreal Institutional Montreal University Renovation – Réaffectation des Espaces Libérés on Campus de la Montagne 78000 562  $250
    (2 structures) Multiple Locations    
    Université de Montréal    
Lachine Civil/Engineering Construction of a Reserved Lane on Highway 20 East Between Beloeil and Sainte-Julie $113
    (2 structures) A 20    
    Ministère des Transports    
Ottawa Institutional RFP Construction Manager – RFAP for Construction Management Services – Eastern Ontario Campus 1080 $745
    (2 structures; 1 storey) 3153 Dwyer Hill Rd    
    Defence Construction Canada    
Toronto Industrial Enwave Co-Generation Addition – Pearl Street Station / Toronto 20  $600
    (1 structure; 3 storeys) Pearl St    
    Enwave Energy Corporation    
Gloucester Commercial Hard Rock Casino Ottawa, Rideau Carleton Raceway Redevelopment 151  $318
    (5 structures; 7 storeys) 4837 Albion Rd    
    Rideau Carleton Raceway    
Pickering Residential VuPoint Condos 818 $183
    (3 structures; 53 storeys; 1779 units) Liverpool Rd & Bayly St    
    Tribute Communities    
Chaplin Industrial Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals Inc. – Sodium Sulphate Plant Expansion * $220
    (1 structure) Railway Ave    
    Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals Inc    
British Columbia        
Vancouver Residential Ashley Mar Site Redevelopment Apartment Buildings 523  $119
    (2 structures; 32 storeys; 649 units) 8460 Ash St    
    Intracorp Vancouver/ Oxford Properties    
TOTALS:     3,154  $3,511


*A square footage measure does not apply for alteration and engineering work.

Data source and table: ConstructConnect – CanaData.

Trend lines of construction starts in Canada – May 2023
Moving totals of the latest 12 months*
(ConstructConnect Insight Forecast Figures)


*For example, the May 2023 figure is the sum of the monthly numbers for June 2022 through May 2023.

Data source and chart: ConstructConnect Insight – CanaData.

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Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada – May 2023 – PDF
Construction Project Starts Trend Graph – Canada – May 2023 – PDF