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Housing starts up in September: CMHC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Canada News Wire (PR)   
OTTAWA - The seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts was 217,600 units in September, up slightly from 217,400 units in August, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

 

"Housing starts remained at a high level in September, with construction activity again staying above the 200,000 unit threshold." said Bob Dugan, chief economist at CMHC's market analysis centre. "Higher starts of multiple family homes were behind the rise in new home construction activity in September."

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts rose 0.1 per cent in September, compared to August. Urban multiples rose in September by 5.5 per cent to 122,500 units. Urban single starts decreased 8.1 per cent to 70,000 units in September compared to August.

September's seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts went up or remained unchanged in all regions of Canada, except Ontario, where housing starts decreased by 6.6 per cent to 80,900 units. Urban starts increased to 9,500 units in Atlantic Canada, 29,000 units in the Prairies, and 33,600 units in British Columbia. In the Quebec region, starts remained stable at 39,500 units. Multiple urban starts increased in all regions in September, with the exception of Ontario, where they decreased by 1.9 per cent.

Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 25,100 units in September.

For the first nine months of 2008, actual starts in rural and urban areas combined were down an estimated 5.7 per cent, compared to the same period last year. Year-to-date actual starts in urban areas have decreased by an estimated 0.8 per cent over the same period in 2007. Actual urban single starts for the January to September period of this year were 15.6 per cent lower than they were a year earlier; while urban multiple starts were up by 12.2 per cent over the same period.

Housing Starts, Actual and SAAR*

 

Actual

SAAR

September
2007

September
2008

August
2008

September
2008

 

Final

Preliminary

Final

Preliminary

Canada, all areas

25,572

20,080

217,400

217,600

Canada, rural areas

3,539

2,436

25,100

25,100

Canada, urban centres**

22,033

17,644

192,300

192,500

Canada, singles, urban centres

8,227

6,299

76,200

70,000

Canada, multiples, urban centres

13,806

11,345

116,100

122,500

 

 

 

 

 

Atlantic region, urban centres

1,029

1,030

8,600

9,500

Quebec, urban centres

5,442

3,575

39,500

39,500

Ontario, urban centres

6,751

7,305

86,600

80,900

Prairie region, urban centres

5,183

2,624

27,100

29,000

British Columbia, urban centres

3,628

3,110

30,500

33,600

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

 

 

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