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Housing Starts Move Lower in July

OTTAWA, Ontario, August 09, 2007 — The seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts was 215,600 units in July, down from 225,300 units in June, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

“Housing starts in July continued their gradual decreasing trend as both multiple and single-detached starts declined,” said Bob Dugan, Chief Economist at CMHC’s Market Analysis Centre. “The lower level of housing starts this month is consistent with our forecast of a gradual easing in the pace of new home construction in 2007 caused by rising prices and slightly higher mortgage rates.”

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts decreased 5.7 per cent to 181,800 in July, compared to June. Urban singles were down 2.7 per cent to 89,700 units in July, while multiple starts decreased 8.4 per cent to 92,100 units.

In July, seasonally adjusted urban starts decreased in four out of five regions. Urban starts registered an increase only in Ontario where they rose by 4.6 per cent. There was a decrease of 12.8 per cent in Quebec, 9.3 per cent in the Prairies, 8.1 per cent in British Columbia, and 3.8 per cent in the Atlantic region. Urban single starts were up in Ontario (2.8 per cent) and the Atlantic (6.4 per cent), while urban multiple starts declined in all regions except for Ontario, where multiple starts increased 6.9 per cent.

Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 33,800 units in July.

Actual starts, in rural and urban areas combined, were down an estimated 4.8 per cent in the first seven months of 2007 compared to the same period in 2006. In urban areas, actual total starts fell an estimated 6.0 per cent year-to-date with both single and multiple starts declining by 6.7 per cent and 5.2 per cent, respectively.

As Canada’s national housing agency, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) draws on over 60 years of experience to help Canadians access a variety of quality, environmentally sustainable, and affordable homes — homes that will continue to create vibrant and healthy communities and cities 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:

Kristen Scheel
CMHC Media Relations
613-748-4632
kscheel@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

For regional starts information contact:

Atlantic provinces:

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

Quebec:

Sandra Girard
CMHC
514-283-5075
sgirard@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

Ontario:

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

Prairie provinces:

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

British Columbia:

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

Housing Starts

Housing Starts, Actual and SAAR*

Actual

SAAR

July
2006

July
2007

June
2007

July
2007

Final

Preliminary

Final

Preliminary

Canada, all areas

23,054

20,520

225,300

215,600

Canada, rural areas

3,756

3,599

32,600

33,800

Canada, urban centres**

19,298

16,921

192,700

181,800

Canada, singles, urban centres

9,188

8,919

92,200

89,700

Canada, multiples, urban centres

10,110

8,002

100,500

92,100

Atlantic region, urban centres

1,010

892

7,900

7,600

Quebec, urban centres

2,782

3,154

46,700

40,700

Ontario, urban centres

7,700

6,310

56,500

59,100

Prairie region, urban centres

4,393

3,723

47,100

42,700

British Columbia, urban centres

3,413

2,842

34,500

31,700

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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