Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

June 25, 2013 09:54 ET

Housing Starts and Sales Will Decline in Atlantic Canada

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - June 25, 2013) - According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC's) Quarterly Housing Market Outlook - Atlantic report, housing starts in Atlantic Canada are expected to decline just under 11 per cent in 2013 and a further six per cent in 2014.

"Notwithstanding the overall decline, the level of new home construction activity in 2013 is forecast to remain above 11,000 units for the fourth year in a row," said Alex MacDonald, Regional Economist with CMHC's Atlantic Business Centre.

"Despite recently elevated levels of activity multiple starts, including apartments, are forecast to decline 17 per cent in 2013 and close to 12 per cent in 2014. As a result of only moderate employment and wage growth, single starts are expected to decline about five per cent in 2013, followed by a further one per cent decline in 2014," said MacDonald.

"In the existing homes market, MLS® sales are forecast to decrease six per cent this year, with sales remaining at 2013 levels next year," added MacDonald.

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.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-668-2642. CMHC Market Analysis standard reports are also available free for download at CMHC Housing Market Information.

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Contact Information

  • Market Analysis Contact:
    Alex MacDonald
    Cell: 902-483-9483

    Media Contact:
    Caroline Arsenault
    Cell: 902-452-4448