Investment in non-residential building construction in Saskatchewan was off nearly three per cent quarter-to-quarter. Nationally, there was a rise of 0.9 per cent. Saskatchewan had the worst showing of the provinces. Compared to the same quarter in 2017, investment here was off 8.8 per cent. Nationally there was a rise of 5.6 per cent. Only Prince Albert did worse than Saskatchewan. Total investment in Saskatchewan was $396 million.
Investment rose 1.7 per cent in the third quarter in the Saskatoon census metropolitan area. The national average was a rise of 0.9 per cent. Of 37 CMAs surveyed, 20 had larger increases. Compared to the third quarter of 2017, investment in the Saskatoon cma was up 0.8 per cent while the national average saw a rise of 6.8 per cent. 22 centres had larger increases in investments and most of those were double-digit.
On another subject, Investment in new housing construction in Saskatchewan fell nearly 33 per cent in August compare to the same month a year ago. Nationally, investment was off 2.2 per cent. No other province was as low as Saskatchewan. Total investment here was just under $79 million.