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September 2011 Housing Starts

OTTAWA, Ontario, October 11, 2011 — The seasonally adjusted annual rate1 of housing starts was 205,900 units in September, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). This is up from 191,900 units in August 2011.

“Housing starts picked up in September due to an increase in multiple starts in the Atlantic region, Quebec and in British Columbia,” said Mathieu Laberge, Deputy Chief Economist at CMHC’s Market Analysis Centre. “Multiple housing starts are expected to move back towards levels consistent with demographic fundamentals in the near term.”

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts increased by 8.0 per cent to 185,900 units in September. Multiple urban starts were up by 14.2 per cent to 118,000 units, while urban single starts decreased by 1.5 per cent in September to 67,900 units.

September’s seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts increased by 47.0 per cent in the Atlantic region, 32.0 per cent in Quebec and by 18.6 per cent in British Columbia, while urban starts decreased by 3.5 per cent in Ontario and by 12.1 per cent in the Prairie region.

Rural starts2 were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 20,000 units in September.

As Canada's national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 65 years of experience to help Canadians access a variety of high quality, environmentally sustainable and affordable housing solutions. 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 informed 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 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

For regional starts information contact:

Atlantic provinces:
Alex MacDonald

Kevin Hughes

Ted Tsiakopoulos

Prairie provinces:
Lai Sing Louie

British Columbia:
Carol Frketich

Housing Starts in Canada — All Areas*

Housing Starts, Actual and SAAR*
  Actual SAAR
Source: CMHC
*Seasonally adjusted annual rates
**Urban centres with a population of 10,000 and over.
  Detailed data available upon request.
  Revised Preliminary Revised Preliminary
Canada, all areas 16,930 18,569 191,900 205,900
Canada, rural areas 2,528 2,079 19,700 20,000
Canada, urban centres** 14,402 16,490 172,200 185,900
Canada, singles, urban centres 5,964 6,262 68,900 67,900
Canada, multiples, urban centres 8,438 10,228 103,300 118,000
Atlantic region, urban centres 720 1,094 8,300 12,200
Quebec, urban centres 3,623 4,616 38,400 50,700
Ontario, urban centres 4,886 5,467 65,300 63,000
Prairie region, urban centres 2,868 2,914 37,100 32,600
British Columbia, urban centres 2,305 2,399 23,100 27,400

News source: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)


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