The value of building permits issued by municipalities rose 11.9 per cent to $6.3-billion in October after three straight monthly decreases.
Statistics Canada reports the increase came from the non-residential sector, particularly in Ontario.
The agency says six provinces are responsible for the overall increase in construction intentions, led by Ontario, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador.
Alberta posted the largest decline and its second straight monthly decrease.
The value of non-residential permits rose 32.8 per cent to $2.7-billion in October, driven by institutional buildings in Ontario and industrial buildings in Quebec, Alberta and Manitoba.
The value of residential permits edged down 0.1 per cent to $3.6-billion, largely due to declines in both multi-family and single-family dwellings in Alberta and multifamily dwellings in Nova Scotia.