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Multiple Starts Posted Another Strong Result in July

OTTAWA, Ontario, August 9, 2006 — The seasonally adjusted annual rate1 of housing starts was 236,500 units in July, marginally up from June by 100 units, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

“The strong results achieved this past month were attributable to the performance of the multiple starts registered in Ontario and British Columbia, which countered the results in other provinces of the country. Single detached starts continued to trend lower and reached their lowest level of the year in July,” said Bob Dugan, Chief Economist at CMHC’s Market Analysis Centre. “Strong multiple starts reflect a growing interest in relatively less expensive dwellings. Nevertheless, rising prices and slightly higher mortgage rates are expected to soften the demand for new homes in the second half of 2006.”

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts inched up 0.5 per cent to 202,100 units in July compared to June. Urban multiples increased 3.9 per cent to 112,900 units in July, while singles were down 3.5 per cent to 89,200 units.

Urban housing starts went up in two out of five regions in July compared to June. British Columbia took the lead with a 21.9 per cent jump in urban starts followed by Ontario which recorded an increase of 4.2 per cent. In the Atlantic region, the Prairie region, and Quebec, urban starts were down 2.2 per cent, 9.4 per cent, and 10.5 per cent, respectively.

Rural starts in July were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 34,400 units.

For the first seven months of 2006, all areas’ actual starts were up 3.1 per cent compared to a year ago, which compares to 2.6 per cent growth in actual urban starts over the same period. Year-to-date actual urban multiple starts were up 4.3 per cent and urban singles were up 0.9 per cent compared to the same period in 2005.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has been Canada’s national housing agency for more than 60 years. CMHC is committed to helping Canadians access a wide choice of quality, affordable homes, while making vibrant, healthy 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

For regional starts information contact:

Atlantic provinces:

Alex MacDonald


Patricia Depot


Erica McLerie

Prairie provinces:

Richard Corriveau

British Columbia:

Carol Frketich

Housing Starts Chart August 2006

Housing Starts, Actual and SAAR*
July 2005
July 2006
June 2006
July 2006
Canada, all areas 23,457 22,494 236,400 236,500
Canada, rural areas 3,288 3,756 35,300 34,400
Canada, urban centres** 20,169 18,738 201,100 202,100
Canada, singles, urban centres 9,167 8,817 92,400 89,200
Canada, multiples, urban centres 11,002 9,921 108,700 112,900
Atlantic region, urban centres 900 970 9,100 8,900
Quebec, urban centres 3,907 2,698 37,000 33,100
Ontario, urban centres 9,024 7,446 73,000 76,100
Prairie region, urban centres 3,433 4,141 51,000 46,200
British Columbia, urban centres 2,905 3,483 31,000 37,800

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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