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Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

April 11, 2012 08:15 ET

March Housing Starts in New Brunswick

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - April 11, 2012) - Residential construction activity in New Brunswick's urban centres increased in March according to figures released today by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). Preliminary data1 indicate that a total of 32 starts were recorded during the month compared to 19 starts for the same period in 2011.

"In terms of residential housing starts in provincial urban centres, the first quarter of 2012 was marked by a moderate increase in single starts combined with a significant rise in multiple starts, most notably in Greater Moncton," said Claude Gautreau, CMHC's senior market analyst for New Brunswick. Single starts in March totalled 24 units in provincial urban centres, up from last year's monthly total of 14 units. Multiple starts were up to eight units from last year's March total of five units. For the quarter, multiple starts were up to 109 units from last year's first quarter total of 21 units.

In urban centres across Canada, total housing starts recorded in March were up 18 per cent to 13,761 units compared to 11,655 a year ago. Single-detached starts increased 11 per cent to 4,030 units, while multiple starts increased 21 per cent to 9,731 units in March. In the Atlantic region, 333 new units were started compared to 271 during March 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.

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PRELIMINARY URBAN MONTHLY HOUSING STARTS NEW BRUNSWICK SUMMARY

2012 2011 YEAR-TO -DATE
% Change % Change
MAR MAR 2012 2011
ALL URBAN CENTRES WITH POPULATIONS > 50,000
SAINT JOHN CMA
Single 5 7 -28.6% 17 23 -26.1%
Multiple 0 3 # # 17 15 13.3%
TOTAL 5 10 -50.0% 34 38 -10.5%
MONCTON CMA
Single 7 1 # # 22 11 # #
Multiple 8 2 # # 88 2 # #
TOTAL 15 3 ## 110 13 ##
FREDERICTON CA
Single 9 6 50.0% 27 37 -27.0%
Multiple 0 0 - 4 4 0.0%
TOTAL 9 6 50.0% 31 41 -24.4%
ALL URBAN CENTRES WITH POPULATION >10,000*
ALL CENTRES
Single 24 14 71.4% 78 73 6.8%
Multiple 8 5 60.0% 109 21 # #
TOTAL 32 19 68.4% 187 94 98.9%

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.

PRELIMINARY QUARTERLY HOUSING STARTS
NEW BRUNSWICK SUMMARY
2012 2011 YEAR-TO-DATE
% Change % Change
Q1 Q1 2012 2011
ALL URBAN CENTRES WITH POPULATIONS > 10,000
SAINT JOHN CMA
Single 17 23 -26.1% 17 23 -26.1%
Multiple 17 15 13.3% 17 15 13.3%
TOTAL 34 38 -10.5% 34 38 -10.5%
MONCTON CMA
Single 22 11 ## 22 11 ##
Multiple 88 2 ## 88 2 ##
TOTAL 110 13 ## 110 13 ##
FREDERICTON CA
Single 27 37 -27.0% 27 37 -27.0%
Multiple 4 4 0.0% 4 4 0.0%
TOTAL 31 41 -24.4% 31 41 -24.4%
BATHURST CA
Single 2 1 ## 2 1 ##
Multiple 0 0 - 0 0 -
TOTAL 2 1 ## 2 1 ##
CAMPBELLTON CA
Single 2 0 - 2 0 -
Mulitple 0 0 - 0 0
TOTAL 2 0 - 2 0 -
EDMUNDSTON CA
Single 3 1 ## 3 1 ##
Multiple 0 0 - 0 0 -
TOTAL 3 1 ## 3 1 ##
MIRAMICHI CA
Single 5 0 - 5 0 -
Multiple 0 0 - 0 0 -
TOTAL 5 0 - 5 0 -
ALL URBAN
CENTRES*
Single 78 73 6.8% 78 73 6.8%
Multiple 109 21 ## 109 21 ##
TOTAL 187 94 98.9% 187 94 98.9%

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 CA, Fredericton CA, Bathurst CA, Campbellton CA, Edmundston CA, and Miramichi City).

## Indicates changes in excess of 100% which are not reported due to volatility resulting from small absolute numbers.

Data for 2006 on 2001 Census Definitions.

Data for 2009 on 2006 Preliminary Census Definitions.

**New Metropolitan Area as of 2009.

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