OTTAWA, Ontario, August 11, 2003 — New home construction rose in July with the seasonally adjusted annual rate1 of housing starts increasing to 223,500, from a revised2 205,900 in June, reports Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
"Low mortgage rates and job creation continue to buoy consumer confidence and are the main catalysts driving new home construction higher" said Bob Dugan, Chief Economist at CMHC's Market Analysis Centre. "Mortgage rates, near 50 year lows, are also lowering mortgage carrying costs and attracting new buyers to home ownership."
"The creation of approximately 84,000 jobs thus far in 2003, most of which have been full-time, has added to income gains and further supported housing demand. Year-to-date, actual starts have exceeded last year's level by 3.9 per cent."
The seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban multiple starts, was up 9.5 per cent to 90,800 units in July compared with 82,900 units in June. Starts were up in all regions except Ontario, which suffered a slight setback. Nationally, year-to-date actual urban multiple starts increased 14.2 per cent compared with the same period in 2002.
In July, urban single starts increased 4.7 per cent to 103,100 units at seasonally adjusted annual rates, compared with 98,500 units in June. This increase was reflected in all regions of the country except Atlantic Canada where urban single starts fell. Canada-wide, year-to-date actual urban single starts are down 3.4 per cent compared to the same period in 2002.
Rural starts in July were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 29,600 units.
1 All starts figures in this release, other than actual starts, are seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) that are monthly figures adjusted to remove normal seasonal variation and multiplied by 12 to reflect annual levels.
2 Figures for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revisions due to corrections or updates from quarterly enumeration or sampling results.
Information on this release:
Tel.: (613) 748-4009B
For regional starts information contact:
Atlantic: Alex MacDonald, CMHC, (902) 426-8964, firstname.lastname@example.org
Quebec: Kevin Hughes, CMHC, (514) 283-4488, email@example.com
Ontario: Brent Weimer, CMHC, (416) 218-3329, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prairies: Vinay Bhardwaj, CMHC, (403) 515-3004, email@example.com
British Columbia: Carol Frketich, CMHC, (604) 737-4067, firstname.lastname@example.org
Housing Starts, Actual and SAAR*
|Canada, all areas||20,992||205,900||21,151||223,500|
|Canada, rural areas||3,219||24,500||3,056||29,600|
|Canada, urban centres**||17,773||181,400||18,095||193,900|
|Canada, singles, urban centres||10,516||98,500||10,003||103,100|
|Canada, multiples, urban centres||7,257||82,900||8,092||90,800|
|Atlantic region, urban centres||1,184||9,200||1,216||9,500|
|Quebec, urban centres||3,585||34,700||3,243||39,500|
|Ontario, urban centres||7,554||81,500||7,468||79,700|
|Prairie region, urban centres||3,399||35,100||3,453||37,200|
|British Columbia, urban centres||2,051||20,900||2,715||28,000|
*Seasonally adjusted annual rates
** Urban centres with a population of 10,000 persons and over.
Detailed data available upon request.