The economic value of building permits in the Calgary region leaped to $772.7 million in April, according to Statistics Canada.
The federal agency reported Wednesday that permits were up 40.6 per cent from March and increased by 12.9 per cent year-over-year.
The gains in Calgary were driven by higher construction intentions for commercial buildings, added the federal agency.
Across Canada, building permits worth $7 billion were issued in April, up 10.5 per cent from March. The advance in April was the fourth consecutive monthly increase. The recent upswing came after a downward trend in the total value of building permits that began in the fall of 2012, said Statistics Canada.