Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

January 09, 2014 11:52 ET

December 2013 Housing Starts in British Columbia

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Jan. 9, 2014) - Housing starts in British Columbia's urban areas(1) were trending at 28,031 units in December compared to 27,797 in November, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR)(2) of housing starts.

"Housing starts trended higher through 2013 in tandem with the pickup in existing home sales during 2013," said Carol Frketich, CMHC's Regional Economist for British Columbia. "As a result of a stronger second half, annual urban housing starts in British Columbia for 2013 were slightly higher than 2012."

CMHC uses the trend measure as a complement to the monthly SAAR of housing starts to account for considerable swings in monthly estimates and obtain a more complete picture of the state of the housing market. In some situations, analysing only SAAR data can be misleading in some markets as they are largely driven by the multiples segment of the markets which can be quite variable from one month to the next.

The standalone monthly SAAR was 30,886 units in December, compared to 26,974 units in November.

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

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(1) Urban areas are centres with populations of 10,000 or more people.
(2) All starts figures in this release, other than actual starts and the trend estimate, are seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) - that is, monthly figures adjusted to remove normal seasonal variation and multiplied by 12 to reflect annual levels. By removing seasonal ups and downs, seasonal adjustment allows for a comparison from one season to the next and from one month to the next. Reporting monthly figures at annual rates indicates the annual level of starts that would be obtained if the monthly pace was maintained for 12 months. This facilitates comparison of the current pace of activity to annual forecasts as well as to historical annual levels.

Additional data is available upon request.

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Contact Information

  • Market Analysis Contact:
    Carol Frketich
    Cell: 604-787-5598

    Media Contact:
    Tracy Wells
    Cell: 604-999-7190