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July Housing Starts

OTTAWA, Ontario, August 10, 2010 — The seasonally adjusted annual rate1 of housing starts was 189,200 units in July, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The seasonally adjusted annual rate estimate of housing starts activity was revised up in June from 189,300 units to 192,300  units2. This results in a month-over-month decrease of 1.6 per cent in July.

“Housing starts moved lower in July, largely due to a decrease in urban single starts and a reduction in rural starts,” said Bob Dugan, Chief Economist at CMHC’s Market Analysis Centre. “Multiple starts partially offset this moderation.”

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts increased by 1.9 per cent to 169,300 units in July. Urban multiple starts increased by 13.4 per cent to 101,400 units, while single urban starts moved lower by 11.3 per cent to 67,900 units.

July’s seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts decreased 14.8 per cent in British Columbia, 2.6 per cent in Ontario, and 0.4 per cent in Quebec. Urban starts increased 37.7 per cent in the Atlantic Region and 14.4 per cent in the Prairie Region.

Rural starts3 were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 19,900 units in July.

As Canada's national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 60 years of experience to help Canadians access a variety of high 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. By removing seasonal ups and downs, seasonal adjustment makes it possible to highlight the fundamental trends of a series. Reporting monthly figures at annual rates indicates the annual level of starts that would be obtained if the monthly pace was maintained for 12 months. This facilitates comparison of the current pace of activity to annual forecasts as well as to historical annual levels.

2 The revision reflects new survey data collected for centres with a population of 10,000 to 49,999. CMHC estimates the level of starts in those centres at the beginning of each month. During the last month of the quarter, CMHC conducts the survey in these centres and revises the estimates. Revisions also stem from seasonal adjustment factors which are revised as new data are collected.

3 CMHC estimates the level of starts in centres with a population of less than 10,000 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 these centres and revises the estimate.

Information on this release:

Charles Sauriol
CMHC Media Relations
613-748-2799
csauriol@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

For regional starts information contact:

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

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

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

Quebec:
Francis Cortellino
CMHC
514-283-8391
fcortell@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

Prairie provinces:
Richard Goatcher
CMHC
780-423-8729
rgoatche@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

Housing Starts in Canada — All Areas*

Housing Starts, Actual and SAAR*
Actual SAAR
July
2009
July
2010
June
2010
July
2010
  Revised Preliminary Revised Preliminary
Canada, all areas 13,158 17,390 192,300 189,200
 Canada, rural areas 1,845 2,195 26,300 19,900
 Canada, urban centres** 11,313 15,195 166,000 169,300
 Canada, singles, urban centres 5,922 6,717 76,600 67,900
 Canada, multiples, urban centres 5,391 8,478 89,400 101,400
         
 Atlantic region, urban centres 954 1,208 9,000 12,400
 Quebec, urban centres 3,458 3,860 47,100 46,900
 Ontario, urban centres 3,689 4,784 52,500 51,100
 Prairie region, urban centres 2,160 3,526 33,900 38,800
 British Columbia, urban centres 1,052 1,817 23,500 20,100

Source: CMHC
*Seasonally adjusted annual rates
**Urban centres with a population of 10,000 and over.
    Detailed data available upon request.

News source: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

 

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