Ultimately all economics is local. Ontario municipalities are in the final throes of a municipal election race and in my own community the question of municipal economic development via public sector construction spending has come up. The concern is that much of the economic activity in my community over the last four years has been the result of taxpayer funded building projects given that traditional private sector activity in the transportation and resource sector has dried up. One of my incumbent councilors wrote in to “set the record straight” by presenting some local building permit composition numbers. Of course my curiosity was piqued to see what the composition of building permits is like in Canada and particularly how CMAs compare when it comes to institutional and government investment spending activity.