OTTAWA, May 10 (Reuters) - The value of Canadian building permits rose 2.1% in March, driven higher by construction plans in the four Western provinces, after falling a revised 5.1% in February, Statistics Canada data showed on Friday.
The provinces east of Manitoba reported declines in building permit values, while the increase in the Western provinces was led by a 12.8% gain in British Columbia, Statscan said.
Analysts in a Reuters poll had expected the total value of building permits to rise 2.8%.
The value of permits in the residential sector declined 1.5% in March with non-residential permits gaining 7.9%, Statscan said.
The non-residential increase was due to higher institutional and commercial construction intentions, while the value of industrial permits declined.
Reporting by Steve Scherer, Editing by Dale Smith and Bill Trott