Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

June 10, 2013 08:15 ET

May 2013 Housing Starts in Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 10, 2013) - Housing starts in Thunder Bay, Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 318 units in May up from 292 units in April 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.

"Home building rose in May, as starts of condominium units advanced in Thunder Bay. The condos combined with near-average single-detached starts boosted year-to-date activity in 2013. Given the tight resale market and improved employment prospects, CMHC's forecast is expected to be essentially on par with 2012," said Warren Philp, CMHC's Market Analyst for Thunder Bay.

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 standalone monthly SAAR was 832 units in May, up strongly from 140 units in April.

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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Contact Information

  • Market Analysis Contact:
    Warren Philp
    807-343-2016 or Cell: 807-627-1329

    Media Contact:
    Beth Bailey
    Consultant, Communications and Marketing
    416-218-3355 or Cell: 416-988-4615