Edition: May 13-17, 2019
Infoline Highlights: Coverage for the week of May 13-17
Manufacturing Sales - Sales of goods manufactured in British Columbia climbed 3.8% (seasonally adjusted) in March, rebounding from a 1.7% loss in the previous month. Producers of durable products (+8.0%) saw sales climb after an uneasy February (-7.0%). Sales of wood (+7.1%), machinery (+10.1%) and primary metals (+12.8%) were among those to climb notably.
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Consumer Price Index - British Columbia’s consumer price index (CPI) was 2.7% higher (unadjusted) in April 2019 than in the same month of 2018. On a monthly basis, the rate of inflation rose 0.4% from March 2019. The overall annual inflation rate increases by 2.4% when food and energy are excluded from the index.
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Building Permits - The value of building permits increased 12.8% or $180 million (seasonally adjusted) in March from the previous month. There were increases in permits for institutional (+69.0%), industrial (+12.3%), commercial (+11.1%), and residential (+6.4%) buildings. The value of permits was higher in Vancouver (+22.8%), where most of the province’s building activity occurs, as well as in Kelowna (+64.1%) and Victoria (+45.7%), while the value of permits was lower in Abbotsford-Mission (‑46.9%).
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- BC Council on Admissions & Transfer Survey of Mobile Students
- BC Hydro Workforce Profile Survey
- BC Public Service Exit Survey
- BC Public Service New Job Survey
- BC Student Outcomes Survey of Apprenticeship and Trades Training Students
- BC Student Outcomes Survey of Diploma, Associate Degree and Certificate Students
- Canada-BC Job Grant Outcomes Survey
- FrontCounter BC Customer Satisfaction Survey
- Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities Outcomes Survey
- Long Term Disability (LTD) Application Process Survey
You can read more about any of these by visiting our Current and Recent Surveys page.
Did You Know
Over 8 in 10 Canadians (82%) feel that prescription drugs should be covered for everyone regardless of their medical insurance, with 43% saying they strongly agree. At 57%, British Columbians feel the most strongly; Albertans were the least likely to agree with it (34%).Source: Ipsos Canada
- Manufacturing sales in B.C. jumped up in March over February.
- B.C.'s consumer price index increased in April over April 2018.
- The value of B.C.'s building permits in March were higher than the month before.