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Housing Starts Are Up in June

OTTAWA, Ontario, July 11, 2005 — The seasonally adjusted annual rate1 of housing starts was 237,200 units in June, up 7.2 per cent from 221,300 units in May, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

"The new home market was up in June with starts rising to their highest level of the year," said Bob Dugan, Chief Economist at CMHC's Market Analysis Centre. "The popular five-year fixed mortgage rate has fallen in recent months. This and other solid fundamentals are stimulating new home construction."

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts rose 8.3 per cent to 207,200 units in June, due mainly to an increase in multiple starts. Single starts increased 0.1 per cent to 98,400 units, while multiple starts rebounded to 108,800 units in June, up 17.0 per cent compared to May.

Compared to May, the seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts in June was up by 42.6 per cent to 96,700 units in Ontario and up 12.6 per cent to 39,300 units in Quebec, due largely to an increase in multiple unit starts. The increase in Ontario and Quebec was partially offset by a decrease in urban starts in the Atlantic, Prairie and BC regions.

Rural starts in June were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 30,000 units.

For the first half of 2005, actual urban starts were 5.2 per cent lower than in the same period in 2004. Year-to-date single starts decreased 7.8 per cent, and multiple starts dipped 2.5 per cent compared to the same period last year.

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
(613) 748-4009

For regional starts information contact:

Atlantic provinces:
Alex MacDonald
(902) 426-8964

Kevin Hughes
(514) 283-4488

Ted Tsiakopoulos
(416) 218-3407

Prairie provinces:
Vinay Bhardwaj
(403) 515-3004

British Columbia:
Carol Frketich
(604) 737-4067

Housing Starts, Actual and SAAR*

May 2005

June 2005

Canada, all areas 21,617 221,300 22,502 237,200
Canada, rural areas 3,206 30,000 3,049 30,000
Canada, urban centres** 18,411 191,300 19,453 207,200
Canada, singles, urban centres 10,084 98,300 10,104 98,400
Canada, multiples, urban centres 8,327 93,000 9,349 108,800
Atlantic region, urban centres 1,086 9,800 962 7,500
Quebec, urban centres 3,743 34,900 3,521 39,300
Ontario, urban centres 6,496 67,800 9,170 96,700
Prairie region, urban centres 4,130 46,200 3,324 35,700
British Columbia, urban centres 2,956 32,600 2,476 28,000

Canadian Housing Starts Chart June 2005

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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