February 2012 Housing Starts – Metro Vancouver Real Estate Market Update
The seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts was 201,100 units in February, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). This is up from 198,100 units in January.
Factors contributing to the increase in housing starts include a rise in multiple housing starts in QuÃ©bec, and to a lesser extent, in British Columbia. “Increases in these provinces were partially offset by decreases in multiple starts in Ontario and Atlantic Canada,” said Mathieu Laberge, Deputy Chief Economist at CMHC’s Market Analysis Centre. “Multiple housing starts in QuÃ©bec had fallen nearly 50 per cent in January, so February’s rise can be seen as a return to a more normal rate of construction.”
The seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts increased by 3.4 per cent to 182,800 units in February. Urban single starts rose by 3.5 per cent in February to 67,400 units. Similarly, multiple urban starts were up by 3.3 per cent to 115,400 units.
February’s seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts increased by 49.8 per cent in QuÃ©bec, by 10.2 per cent in the Prairies, and by 9.6 per cent in British Columbia. Urban starts decreased by 15.5 per cent in Atlantic Canada and by 16.9 per cent in Ontario.
Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 18,300 units in February.
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*Seasonally adjusted annual rates
**Urban centres with a population of 10,000 and over.
Detailed data available upon request.
|Canada, all areas||10,783||12,136||198,100||201,100|
|Canada, rural areas||759||638||21,300||18,300|
|Canada, urban centres**||10,024||11,498||176,800||182,800|
|Canada, singles, urban centres||3,419||3,487||65,100||67,400|
|Canada, multiples, urban centres||6,605||8,011||111,700||115,400|
|Atlantic region, urban centres||278||256||8,400||7,100|
|Quebec, urban centres||1,717||1,939||28,100||42,100|
|Ontario, urban centres||4,018||4,202||77,100||64,100|
|Prairie region, urban centres||2,206||2,799||36,200||39,900|
|British Columbia, urban centres||1,805||2,302||27,000||29,600|
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