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Investment in construction, machinery to rise this year: StatsCan

Construction workers are pictured July 2, 2013 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

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Construction workers are pictured July 2, 2013 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says public and private organizations and the housing sector intend to invest $404.5 billion in construction and machinery and equipment in 2014, up 1.4 per cent from 2013.

The agency says the principal drivers for the increases are investments in investment in the transportation and warehousing, housing and public administration sectors.

However, these gains will be partially offset by anticipated declines in investments by organizations in the utilities, retail trade and health care and social assistance sectors.

Capital investment in the private sector, including housing, is expected to reach $315.2 billion in 2014, up 1.3 per cent from 2013.

Investment in non-residential construction, which represents more than 62 per cent of total investment excluding housing, is expected to decline 0.2 per cent to $185.4 billion.

Spending on capital machinery and equipment is anticipated to increase by 3.9 per cent to $112 billion.

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