Canada housing permits at 1-yr high in September

* Permits rise for residential, fall for nonresidential

* Strength mainly in multi-family housing (Adds details)

OTTAWA, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Permits for housing construction in Canada surged to a one-year high in September, driving up the value of overall building permits by 1.6 percent from August as expected, Statistics Canada said on Thursday.

It was the second straight monthly increase in permits after a 7.4 percent jump in August, revised from the 7.2 percent increase previously reported.

Analysts surveyed by Reuters had expected permits to gain 1.6 percent in September.

Residential permits rose 9.4 percent in the month to C$3.2 billion ($3.0 billion), a value not seen since September 2008. Approvals for multi-family projects leapt by 32.1 percent, while those for single-family units inched up by just 0.2 percent.

Nonresidential permits fell 9.1 percent. The figures are seasonally adjusted.

($1 = $1.06 Canadian)

(Reporting by Louise Egan; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)