OTTAWA, Ontario, April 12, 2010 — The seasonally adjusted annual rate1 of housing starts was 197,300 units in March 2010, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
Seasonally adjusted annual rate estimates of housing start activity were also revised up for January and February2. This resulted in month-over-month gains of 7.5 per cent in January (189,000 units), 6 per cent in February (200,400 units), and a slight decrease of 1.5 per cent in March.
“The moderation in March housing starts was due to a decrease in the volatile multiple starts segment. Helping to offset this was an increase in singles starts as well as more activity in rural areas,” said Bob Dugan, Chief Economist at CMHC’s Market Analysis Centre.
The seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts decreased by 4.2 per cent to 175,200 units in March. Urban multiple starts decreased by 15.2 per cent to 77,500 units while single urban starts increased by 6.9 per cent to 97,700 units.
March’s seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts increased by 13.5 per cent in Quebec and by 7.3 per cent in the Prairie region, but decreased by 16.3 per cent in British Columbia, by 15.5 per cent in Ontario, and by 8 per cent in Atlantic Canada.
Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 22,100 units in March3.
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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 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:|
|For regional starts information contact:|
|Housing Starts, Actual and SAAR*|
|Canada, all areas||9,376||12,163||200,400||197,300|
|Canada, rural areas||771||792||17,600||22,100|
|Canada, urban centres**||8,605||11,371||182,800||175,200|
|Canada, singles, urban centres||2,550||5,536||91,400||97,700|
|Canada, multiples, urban centres||6,055||5,835||91,400||77,500|
|Atlantic region, urban centres||244||311||10,000||9,500|
|Quebec, urban centres||2,561||3,424||41,500||47,100|
|Ontario, urban centres||4,094||3,402||70,500||59,600|
|Prairie region, urban centres||967||2,508||34,400||36,900|
|British Columbia, urban centres||739||1,726||26,400||22,100|