Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

January 10, 2017 08:15 ET

Five-Per-Cent Decline in Housing Starts in Montreal CMA in 2016

MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - Jan. 10, 2017) - Housing starts in the Montréal census metropolitan area (CMA) were trending at 20,441 units in December compared to 19,469 in November according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CM+HC). The trend is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts.

"End-of-year figures for 2016 reveal an overall 5-per-cent decline in housing starts, a result that is largely attributable to the marked 14-per-cent slowdown in condominium starts. The condominium segment, which had previously experienced a boom, has been going through a period of adjustment for the last two years," said David L'Heureux, CMHC's Principal, Market Analysis, for the Montréal area.

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, analyzing 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 stand-alone monthly SAAR was 22,736 units in December, up from 16,416 in November. The significant variation in the annual rate was due to the multiple-unit housing segment, where notable fluctuations are often observed from one month to the next.

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

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