* Canadians spent $23 billion on renovations in 2010, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation (CMHC)……

* According to the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC), Newfoundland and Labrador had the
highest share of value-added exports-to-GDP in Canada in 2007 at 29% (the most recent year of data)…..

* St. John’s ranks 14th on a list of 25 major cities across the country on the CIBC World Markets’ latest
Canadian Metropolitan Economic Activity Index……

* The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for St. John’s metro decreased by 1.6 points to 5.6%
in June 2011….


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