OTTAWA -- Statistics Canada says municipalities issued building permits worth $6.5 billion in July, up 0.8 per cent from June.

The agency says the rise was due to increased plans for institutional and industrial buildings as gains in the non-residential sector offset a drop in residential permits.

The non-residential sector climbed 5.6 per cent to $2.4 billion.

The value of permits for institutional buildings rose 9.6 per cent to $740 million, while the value of permits for industrial buildings gained 17.1 per cent to $418 million. The value of commercial building permits rose 0.3 per cent to $1.3 billion.

Meanwhile, the value of residential building permits was down 2.0 per cent to $4.0 billion in July, the fourth consecutive monthly decrease.

The value of permits for single-family buildings fell 3.0 per cent to $2.4 billion, while plans for multi-family buildings slipped 0.4 per cent to $1.7 billion.