Portland Cement Association Canadian reported that cement consumption declined 2.3 per cent in 2008, according to year-end figures released last month by PCA.
Canadian cement use totaled 9.4Mt for the year, down from 2007 figures of 9.6Mt.
Reflecting declining construction in the US, cement exports from Canada fell 23.7 per cent, from 5.5Mt in 2007 to 4.2Mt in 2008.
Only two regions recorded increases in consumption. Atlantic Provinces was up 13.1 per cent, and Quebec rose 1.6 per cent. Ontario (down 1.8 per cent), Prairie Provinces (down 6.3 per cent), and British Columbia (down 7.4 per cent) logged declines.