Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

March 08, 2016 08:15 ET

February 2016 Housing Starts in Sudbury

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 8, 2016) - Housing starts in the Greater Sudbury Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 280 units in February, down from 309 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) of housing starts.

"The trend in housing starts in February dipped for the second consecutive month in Greater Sudbury, driven by a decline in single-detached starts. Weaker employment, good supply in the resale market and relatively strong multiple-unit starts recently are causing the new home starts to stall," said Warren Philp, CMHC's Market Analyst for Sudbury.

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 multiples segment includes apartments, rows and semi-detached homes.

The standalone monthly SAAR was 15 in February down from 79 in January due to softness in single-detached and multiple-unit home starts.

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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Additional data is available upon request.

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A table and a graph are available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/CMHC_1045960e.pdf

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Angelina Ritacco
    Public Affairs Advisor, Communications and Marketing
    416-218-3320
    aritacco@cmhc.ca