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Ontario will ease retail restrictions sooner rather than later if the number of COVID-19 cases continues to fall, Premier Doug Ford says.
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The value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities fell by 13.1 percent to $7.4 billion in March, StatCan reports, with declines reported in seven provinces and two territories.
The seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts for all areas in Canada excluding Quebec rose 10.8 percent in April from March, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.