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New houses under contruction off Bayview Avenue near Pottery Road in Toronto are seen in this file photo.

DEBORAH BAIC/THE GLOBE AND MAIL

Statistics Canada says municipalities issued $7-billion worth of building permits in May, up 7.4 per cent from April and the highest level since May 2007.

The jump followed a 4.4 per cent decline in April.

The agency says the increase was largely due to higher construction intentions for institutional buildings in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan and for multi-family dwellings in British Columbia.

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The value of residential building permits increased 8.5 per cent to $4.1-billion, following four consecutive monthly declines.

Non-residential construction intentions rose 6 per cent to $2.9-billion after a 7-per-cent decline the previous month.

The value of building permits increased in seven provinces in May, led by British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

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