Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

March 09, 2015 08:15 ET

February 2015 Housing Starts in Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 9, 2015) - Housing starts in Thunder Bay, Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 210 units in February down from 243 units in January according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) [1] of housing starts.

"February's decrease in the housing starts trend in Thunder Bay followed January's softening. The two consecutive declines have now clearly reversed the strengthening trend witnessed in the final eight months of 2014. No starts in February helped to moderate the trend. A low February figure is not uncommon given difficult winter construction conditions present in Northwestern Ontario," commented Warren Philp, CMHC Market Analyst.

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 19 units in February down from 77 units in January.

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

As Canada's authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers objective housing research and information to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing industry.

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[1] 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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Tables and a graph are available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/995792e.pdf

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