Canada’s asphalt shingle production, shipment on decline: report

There has been a decline in production and shipment of asphalt shingles from July to Nov. 2014 across the country, according to Statistics Canada.

Ivan van Spronsen, executive vice president of Roofing Contractors Association of British Columbia, said he has seen an increase of density and it is most likely the factor in decline. More floors are added, not roofs.

“Asphalt is normally used for residential areas, not commercial or industrial,” he said.

Almost 23 per cent of asphalt shingles produced and shipped nationally go to British Columbia. The figure in the report for B.C. includes the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

B.C. has the highest population with roughly 4.6 million people. It is about 41 per cent of the total population of the four provinces and territories.

The market used to be homegrown but it’s changing now, said van Spronsen. “There’s also a proliferation of American producers of asphalt shingles flowing the market. A lot of product coming from down below.”

Van Spronsen said despite this, the market is still holding its own.

According to BC Stats, 28,046 residential building permits were issued in 2013. In the previous year, 27, 214 permits were issued.

This report by Statistics Canada measures, on a monthly basis, the quantities of asphalt roofing products produced and shipped by Canadian manufacturers. It was developed in collaboration with the Canadian Asphalt Shingle Manufacturers’ Association and the responses were voluntary.