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September 9, 2016

Canadian Housing Starts Trend Decreases in August

The trend measure of housing starts in Canada was 195,640 units in August compared to 201,379 in July, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts.

"Housing starts declined in August, as construction of multi-unit dwellings slowed in most regions, led by lower activity in Alberta and Manitoba” said Bob Dugan, CMHC Chief Economist. "However, housing market activity levels remain elevated and this decline in starts is the market's response to increasing levels of supply. Multi-unit inventories are above average in several major markets across the country."

  • The standalone monthly SAAR for all areas in Canada was 182,703 units in August, down from 194,663 units in July.
  • The SAAR of urban starts decreased by 6.1 per cent in August to 167,879 units.
  • Multiple urban starts decreased by 7.3 per cent to 111,378 units in August and single-detached urban starts decreased by 3.7 per cent to 56,501 units.

In August, the seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts decreased in the Prairies, British Columbia, Ontario, and in Atlantic Canada, but increased in Quebec.

Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 14,824 units.

Preliminary Housing Starts data is also available in English and French at the following link:

Preliminary Housing Starts Tables



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