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November Housing Starts

OTTAWA, Ontario, December 08, 2009 — The seasonally adjusted annual rate1 of housing starts reached 158,500 units in November. This is an increase from 157,400 units started in October, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

“The improvement in housing starts continued in November,” said Bob Dugan, Chief Economist at CMHC’s Market Analysis Centre. “Despite a small decline in November’s multiple home construction, overall starts numbers were up due to a solid increase in singles starts.” The November total is the highest of the year.

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts increased by 0.7 per cent to 141,100 units in November. Urban multiple starts decreased slightly from 72,500 units in October to 71,300 units in November. Single urban starts increased by 3.4 per cent to 69,800 units in November.

November’s seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts increased by 10 per cent in Quebec, by 8.2 per cent in the Prairies and by 6.2 per cent in British Columbia. The rate of urban starts decreased by 8.3 per cent in Ontario and by 9.8 per cent in Atlantic Canada.

Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 17,400 units in November2.

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 15,491 15,075 157,400 158,500
Canada, rural areas 1,991 1,568 17,400 17,400
Canada, urban centres** 13,500 13,507 140,000 141,100
Canada, singles, urban centres 5,782 6,671 67,500 69,800
Canada, multiples, urban centres 7,718 6,836 72,500 71,300
Atlantic region, urban centres 734 641 8,200 7,400
Quebec, urban centres 4,236 3,693 31,900 35,100
Ontario, urban centres 4,881 4,724 55,700 51,100
Prairie region, urban centres 2,179 2,966 28,000 30,300
British Columbia, urban centres 1,470 1,483 16,200 17,200

News source: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)


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