Residential Construction in Calgary Continues to Create Jobs and Drive Economy

CALGARY, Oct. 1, 2015 /CNW/ - With Statistics Canada reporting Calgary's unemployment rate is at a five-year high, Western Canadian developer Anthem Properties announced today it is creating valuable new job opportunities by more-than-doubling its workforce for the upcoming phase of Waterfront, one of the city's largest master-planned communities.

"We will create more than 250 direct construction jobs for our next phase of Waterfront in Downtown Calgary," said Eric Carlson, CEO of Anthem Properties Group. "Each housing start has the potential to create five direct and indirect jobs. That means construction of Waterfront's upcoming 361 homes could create as many as 1,800 local jobs. Over the lifetime of construction, we will have created as many as 5,000 jobs."

It doesn't appear Calgary's residential construction sector is slowing down in the near future. So far this year, more than 230 multifamily building permits have been issued.

"Building permits for multifamily developments continue to be issued, even in a challenging market," said City Councillor Druh Farrell, who joined Anthem at today's ground-breaking ceremony.

In August, Alberta's construction industry employed 258,000 people, virtually unchanged from previous months because of strong growth in multifamily housing starts. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation data indicates that residential high-rise construction remains a significant contributor to employment in Calgary and the Alberta economy overall, representing 41.1 per cent of housing starts in the first eight months of this year. Those jobs deliver above-average hourly wages – $30.11 compared to $29.16 for the Alberta workforce as a whole.

Statistics Canada reports that residential building permits have outstripped non-residential permit volumes in each of the past five years, with 2015 year-to-date permits totaling $2.2 billion versus $1.6 billion in all non-residential sectors combined.

"The City of Calgary is committed to intelligent urban densification in the inner city, and as such, the residential construction sector will continue to deliver jobs for skilled trade workers and affordable housing options for Calgarians," said Farrell.

"We launched construction of Waterfront in 2007 and have persevered through changing markets," said Carlson. "We are excited to embark on and complete the last phase of development."

Once complete in spring 2018, Waterfront will be a mixed-use community made up of 10 buildings with more than 1,000 homes. Some buildings are occupied, while others have been presold and are in various stages of development. Waterfront is located in Downtown Calgary's Eau Claire neighbourhood along the Bow River.

Anthem Properties Group

Anthem Properties Group is a 175-person real estate company operating in Western Canada. The Anthem portfolio is currently comprised of more than 3.5 million square feet of commercial space, 40 acres of urban and suburban land held for future development, and approximately 3,500 residential condominium units either in the design/development stage or under construction. Anthem has invested in, developed, and/or managed - alone or in partnership - more than 210 projects with a cumulative historical value of approximately $2.5 billion. Anthem's sister company is United Communities. Operating for more than 27 years in Alberta, United Communities has developed and sold more than 23,000 serviced lots to home builders in Calgary, Edmonton and Sacramento.

SOURCE Anthem Properties Group

Image with caption: "Anthem Properties breaks ground on the next phase of Waterfront in Calgary. Over the lifetime of construction, Waterfront will have created as many as 5,000 jobs. Pictured left to right: VP Development Anthem Properties Paul Faibish, Calgary City Councillor Druh Farrell, CEO Anthem Properties Eric Carlson, and Anthem Construction Kevin Beck. (CNW Group/Anthem Properties Group)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20151001_C8942_PHOTO_EN_512280.jpg

Image with caption: "Waterfront is one of Calgary's largest master-planned communities. It is a collection of 10 buildings with more than 1,000 homes. (CNW Group/Anthem Properties Group)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20151001_C8942_PHOTO_EN_511886.jpg

Image with caption: "Waterfront is located in Calgary's Eau Claire neighbourhood along the Bow River. The community will be completed in 2018. (CNW Group/Anthem Properties Group)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20151001_C8942_PHOTO_EN_511888.jpg

For further information: Media Contact: Renu Bakshi, renu@renubakshi.com, 604 787 1873

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