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Housing Starts Remain High in April

OTTAWA, Ontario, May 10, 2004 — The seasonally adjusted annual rate1 of housing starts was 241,600 in April, compared with 252,900 in March, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

"Even though starts decreased slightly in April, housing construction remains at very high levels", said Bob Dugan, Chief Economist at CMHC's Market Analysis Centre. "Nationally, the housing market continues to benefit from positive economic factors, especially low mortgage rates and strong consumer confidence. This year, 208,500 starts are expected, down slightly from the 2003 level but still the second best year since 1989."

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts fell 4.8 per cent to 210,800 units in April. Urban multiple starts decreased 6.0 per cent in April to 107,800 while urban single starts declined 3.6 per cent to 103,000 on a seasonally adjusted annual basis.

In British Columbia, in April, the seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts jumped 39.4 per cent, due mainly to multiple starts. In the other regions of Canada, the seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts declined 6.8 per cent in Ontario, 9.4 per cent in the Prairies and 12.6 per cent in Quebec. Starts also continued to decline in the Atlantic region.

Rural starts in April were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 30,800 units, a 1.9 per cent decrease from March 2004.

Year to date actual urban starts were 7.1 per cent higher through April than for the same period last year. Single starts were up 3.0 per cent while multiple starts were up 11.4 per cent.

1. All starts figures in this release, other than actual starts, are seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) that is, monthly figures adjusted to remove normal seasonal variation and multiplied by 12 to reflect annual levels.

Information on this release:

Bob Dugan
CMHC
(613) 748-4009
e-Mail: bdugan@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

For regional starts information contact:

Atlantic provinces: Alex MacDonald, CMHC, (902) 426-8964, amacdona@cmhc-schl.gc.ca
Quebec: Kevin Hughes, CMHC, (514) 283-4488, khughes@cmhc-schl.gc.ca
Ontario: Ted Tsiakopoulos, CMHC, (416) 218-3407, ttsiakop@cmhc-schl.gc.ca
Prairie provinces: Brent Weimer, CMHC, (403) 515-3004, bweimer@cmhc-schl.gc.ca
British Columbia: Carol Frketich, CMHC, (604) 737-4067, cfrketic@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

Chart - Housing Starts in Canada for April 2004

Housing Starts, Actual and SAAR*

March 2004
Final
April 2004
Preliminary
Actual
SAAR
Actual
SAAR
Canada, all areas
15,736
252,900
22,752
241,600
Canada, rural areas
1,410
31,400
3,129
30,800
Canada, urban centres**
14,326
221,500
19,623
210,800
Canada, singles, urban centres
6,909
106,800
9,731
103,000
Canada, multiples, urban centres
7,417
114,700
9,892
107,800
Atlantic region, urban centres
346
13,700
548
8,100
Quebec, urban centres
3,773
55,400
5,428
48,400
Ontario, urban centres
5,730
86,500
7,161
80,600
Prairie region, urban centres
2,455
37,200
2,823
33,700
British Columbia, urban centres
2,022
28,700
3,663
40,000

Source: CMHC

*Seasonally adjusted annual rates
** Urban centres with a population of 10,000 persons and over.
Detailed data available upon request.

News source: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

 

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