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Steve Payne   

B.C. residents who plan to renovate are outspending the Canadian average, per each project, by more than 40 per cent

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B.C. residents who say they are planning to renovate in the next 12 months say they will spend $28,434 on their projects, on average. That compares to the next-highest province, Ontario, at $23,879 and the lowest-spenders in Quebec at $12,346.

B.C., when it dropped the HST just over a year ago, ended up dramatically lowering sales taxes on home renovations.

The effect of that?

Well, the following chart, while it doesn’t prove the HST-dropping in B.C. had a stimulating effect on renovations, does show that B.C. residents are planning to spend much larger sums than the national average.

Data courtesy of a recent CIBC poll conducted by Nielsen.


Average amount Canadians homeowners planning to renovate say they will spend on their home renovations in the next year, by region:

National     $19,754
Atlantic Canada $12,691
Quebec $12,346
Ontario $23,879
Manitoba and Saskatchewan $19,896
Alberta $21,577
British Columbia $28,434








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