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Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

August 09, 2012 08:15 ET

July Housing Starts in New Brunswick

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Aug. 9, 2012) - Residential construction activity in New Brunswick's urban centres was down in July according to figures released today by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). Preliminary data1 indicate that a total of 269 starts were recorded during the month compared to 489 starts for the same period in 2011.

"The decline in residential construction activity observed in July stemmed mainly from reduced multiple starts in New Brunswick's large urban centres, particularly in the rental market," said Claude Gautreau, CMHC's senior market analyst for New Brunswick. Multiple starts in July of 2012 stood at 122 units. In comparison, 317 multiple starts were recorded in provincial urban centres during the same period last year. Single starts were also down in July, with a 15 per cent, year-over-year decline to 147 units.

In urban centres across Canada, total housing starts recorded in July were down two per cent to 16,876 units compared to 17,230 a year ago. Single-detached starts decreased eight per cent to 6,315 units, while multiple starts were up two per cent to 10,561 units in July. In the Atlantic region, 890 new units were started compared to 1,409 units during July 2011.

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

1 Figures for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revisions due to corrections or updates from quarterly enumeration or sampling results.
PRELIMINARY URBAN MONTHLY HOUSING STARTS
NEW BRUNSWICK SUMMARY
2012 2011 % Change YEAR-TO-DATE % Change
JULY JULY 2012 2011
ALL URBAN CENTRES WITH POPULATIONS > 50,000
SAINT JOHN CMA
Single 23 30 -23.3 % 112 126 -11.1 %
Multiple 4 31 -87.1 % 36 91 -60.4 %
TOTAL 27 61 -55.7 % 148 217 -31.8 %
MONCTON CMA
Single 49 50 -2.0 % 221 194 13.9 %
Multiple 100 228 -56.1 % 533 464 14.9 %
TOTAL 149 278 -46.4 % 754 658 14.6 %
FREDERICTON CA
Single 48 68 -29.4 % 193 191 1.0 %
Multiple 18 47 -61.7 % 99 157 -36.9 %
TOTAL 66 115 -42.6 % 292 348 -16.1 %
ALL URBAN CENTRES WITH POPULATION >10,000*
ALL CENTRES
Single 147 172 -14.5 % 622 575 8.2 %
Multiple 122 317 -61.5 % 689 747 -7.8 %
TOTAL 269 489 -45.0 % 1,311 1,322 -0.8 %
Figures for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revisions due to corrections or updates from quarterly enumeration or sampling results.
* Includes all centres with a total population of more than 10,000 (Saint John CMA, Moncton CMA, Fredericton CA, Bathurst CA, Campbellton CA, Edmundston CA, and Miramichi CA).
## Indicates changes in excess of 100% which are not reported due to volatility resulting from small absolute numbers.

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