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The Daily

Thursday, October 23, 2008
Annual 2007 (revised) and the first half 2008 (preliminary)

Construction costs for distribution systems increased by 2.7% during the first half of 2008. The increase in the labour and the construction indirects components for this period were the major contributors to this change. Costs for distribution systems in 2007 increased 4.4% over 2006.

Construction costs for the transmission line system series rose 2.8% during the first half of 2008 compared with a 4.7% increase for all of 2007. The transmission line component climbed 3.4% during the same period in 2008, while in 2007 there was a 3.9% annual gain. The substation component rose by 2.4% in the first half of 2008, following a 5.1% increase in 2007, with the construction indirects (+6.4%) posting the largest gain.

Available on CANSIM: table 327-0011.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2316.

The second quarter 2008 issue of Capital Expenditure Price Statistics (62-007-XWE, free) will soon be available.

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Client Services (toll-free 1-866-230-2248; 613-951-9606; fax: 613-951-1539; or Adrian Fisher (613-951-9612;, Prices Division.