Cold Slows New Construction In Midwestern Ontario photo

Story by Campbell Cork and Jim Armstrong

The first two months of 2015 have been slow for new construction just about everywhere in midwestern Ontario.

In Wellington North, a report by Chief Building Official Darren Jones shows just 12 permits worth $680,000 have been issued to the end of February.

That compares to over $1-million in permits in the same period in each of the past two years.

Meanwhile, Meaford’s building department issued just three building permits in February. Those permits had a total building value of $165,000.

There were seven building permits issued in February of 2014.

Deputy mayor Harley Greenfield blames the bitter cold weather as the reason for the slow progress of building.