Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation



Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

February 10, 2014 08:15 ET

January 2014 Housing Starts in St. Catharines-Niagara

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 10, 2014) - Housing starts in the St. Catharines-Niagara Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending slightly higher at 1,295 units in January compared to 1,292 in December, 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.

"The slightly higher trend for total starts this month was due to a rise in single-detached homes that more than offset the decline in semi-detached, row and apartment homes. Although multiples construction slowed down when compared to December 2013, the multiple home construction figures for January 2014 remain above last year. The expected higher employment for this year will support home construction," said Alberto Mendoza, CMHC`s 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 multiples segment includes apartments, rows and semi-detached homes.

The SAAR of total housing starts was 1,153 in January, slightly down from 1,157 in December.

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

As Canada's national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 65 years of experience to help Canadians access a variety of 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.

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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/926490a.pdf

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