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Housing Starts Increase in August

OTTAWA, Ontario, September 09, 2009 — The seasonally adjusted annual rate1 of housing starts increased to 150,400 units in August from 134,200 units in July, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

“Housing starts are trending higher, reflecting improvements in both the single and multiple segments,” said Bob Dugan, Chief Economist at CMHC’s Market Analysis Centre. “The improvement in housing starts is consistent with our expectation of a stronger second half for 2009.”

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts increased by 14.0 per cent to 131,800 units in August. Urban multiple starts increased by 23.8 per cent to 77,600 units, while urban single starts moved up 2.5 per cent to 54,200 units in August.

August’s seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts increased by 56.0 per cent in British Columbia, by 16.1 per cent in the Prairies, by 13.8 per cent in Ontario, by 9.6 per cent in Atlantic Canada, and by 2.5 per cent in Quebec.

Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 18,600 units in August2.

As Canada's national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 60 years of experience to help Canadians access a variety of quality, environmentally sustainable and affordable homes. CMHC also provides reliable, impartial and up-to-date housing market reports, analysis and knowledge to support and assist consumers and the housing industry in making vital decisions.

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.

2 CMHC estimates the level of rural starts for each of the three months of the quarter, at the beginning of each quarter. During the last month of the quarter, CMHC conducts the survey in rural areas and revises the estimate.

Information on this release:

Charles Sauriol
Media Relations

For regional starts information contact:

Atlantic provinces:
Alex MacDonald

Ted Tsiakopoulos

British Columbia:
Carol Frketich

Kevin Hughes

Prairie provinces:
Lai Sing Louie

Housing Starts in Canada — All Areas*

Housing Starts, Actual and SAAR*

Actual SAAR
Final Preliminary Final Preliminary
Canada, all areas 19,626 14,177 134,200 150,400
Canada, rural areas 2,819 1,990 18,600 18,600
Canada, urban centres** 16,807 12,187 115,600 131,800
Canada, singles, urban centres 7,063 5,211 52,900 54,200
Canada, multiples, urban centres 9,744 6,976 62,700 77,600
Atlantic region, urban centres 879 835 7,300 8,000
Quebec, urban centres 3,082 3,409 40,000 41,000
Ontario, urban centres 8,026 4,172 36,900 42,000
Prairie region, urban centres 2,380 2,271 20,500 23,800
British Columbia, urban centres 2,440 1,500 10,900 17,000

News source: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)


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