February 2012 Housing Starts – Metro Vancouver Real Estate Market Update

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 Québec, 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 Québec 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 Québec, 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.

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.

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 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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