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Starts Continue at Strong Pace in February

OTTAWA, Ontario, March 8, 2006 — The seasonally adjusted annual rate1 of housing starts was 240,900 units in February, down from 248,100 units in January, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

"Despite the modest decline, the rate of housing starts in February continued to be very strong." said Bob Dugan, Chief Economist at CMHC's Market Analysis Centre. "However, we expect activity to moderate over the course of 2006, as higher mortgage carrying costs due to rising house prices and modest mortgage rate increases contribute to a softening of demand for both existing and new housing."

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts fell 3.3 per cent to 208,300 units with decreases in both single and multiple starts. Multiple starts eased by 2.0 per cent to 101,400 units and single starts fell back 4.6 per cent to 106,900 units in February compared to January.

The vibrant economy in western Canada propelled starts higher in both British Columbia and the Prairies. Urban housing starts in the Prairies were up 11.5 per cent to 45,400 units while in British Columbia they surged 22.6 per cent to 39,100 units. In the rest of the country urban housing starts were down. The sharpest declines were in the Atlantic region and Ontario where urban starts fell 16.8 per cent to 10,900 units and 15.1 per cent to 73,700 units respectively. In Quebec, starts were down 8.8 per cent to 39,200 units.

Rural starts in February were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 32,600 units.

For the first two months of the year, actual urban starts were 17.7 per cent higher than in the same period in 2005. Single starts increased 21.9 per cent and multiple starts rose 14.0 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has been Canada's national housing agency for over 60 years. CMHC contributes to improving the living conditions and the well-being of Canadians through four areas of housing activities — housing finance, assisted housing, research and information transfer, and export promotion. CMHC is committed to helping Canadians access a wide choice of quality, affordable homes, and making vibrant and sustainable communities and cities a reality across the country. For more information call 1 800 668-2642.

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
bdugan@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

For regional starts information contact:

Atlantic provinces:

Alex MacDonald
CMHC
(902) 426-8964
amacdona@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

Prairie provinces:

Richard Corriveau
CMHC
(403) 515-3005
rcorrive@cmhc-schl.gc.ca


Quebec:

Kevin Hughes
CMHC
(514) 283-4488
khughes@cmhc-schl.gc.ca


British Columbia:

Carol Frketich
CMHC,
(604) 737-4067
cfrketic@cmhc-schl.gc.ca


Ontario:

Ted Tsiakopoulos
CMHC,
(416) 218-3407
ttsiakop@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

Housing Starts in Canada

Housing Starts, Actual and SAAR*

January 2006
Final
February 2006
Preliminary
Actual
SAAR
Actual
SAAR
Canada, all areas
13,269
248,100
13,685
240,900
Canada, rural areas
1,305
32,600
1,396
32,600
Canada, urban centres**
11,964
215,500
12,289
208,300
Canada, singles, urban centres
5,902
112,000
5,844
106,900
Canada, multiples, urban centres
6,062
103,500
6,445
101,400
Atlantic region, urban centres
537
13,100
304
10,900
Quebec, urban centres
2,220
43,000
2,139
39,200
Ontario, urban centres
4,409
86,800
3,777
73,700
Prairie region, urban centres
2,560
40,700
3,192
45,400
British Columbia, urban centres
2,238
31,900
2,877
39,100

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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