Our Monthly Housing Starts and Other Construction Data (previously Preliminary Housing Starts Data) publication is issued on the 11th working day of the month.
You can also view monthly housing starts and construction data on our Housing Market Information Portal.
March Monthly Housing Starts key highlights
- The trend in housing starts was 273,664 units in March 2021, up from 252,636 units in February 2021.
- Multi-family SAAR starts rebounded strongly following decline in February. Toronto and Vancouver registered particularly large gains in this segment.
- Single-detached SAAR starts also contributed to the increase in the overall trend in March. It was by a relatively modest amount in comparison to multi-family starts.
March Standalone Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR)
- The standalone monthly SAAR of housing starts for all areas in Canada was 335,200 units in March. This is an increase of 21.6% from 275,567 units in February.
- The SAAR of urban starts increased by 24.4% in March to 300,973 units. Multiple urban starts increased by 33.8% to 222,358 units in March while single-detached urban starts increased by 3.6% to 78,615 units.
- Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 34,227 units.
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- Date Published:
- April 19, 2021
About Monthly Housing Starts and Construction Data
These monthly housing data tables reflect:
- current statistics
- new home starts
- construction activity
Find actual and seasonally adjusted housing starts data are presented separately by region, province, Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) and dwelling type. Select data on “under construction” and “absorption” are also included.
Data source: CMHC Starts and Completions Survey and Market Absorption Survey.
Previous monthly PDF reports called Preliminary Housing Starts Data are available and range from January 2016 to January 2021.