Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

June 09, 2014 08:15 ET

May 2014 Housing Starts in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - June 9, 2014) - Housing starts in the Vancouver Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 19,001 units in May compared to 18,670 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.

"Increased apartment construction in May contributed to a higher housing starts trend this month compared to April's starts. The majority of May apartment starts were concentrated in the cities of Burnaby, Coquitlam and Richmond." said Robyn Adamache, CMHC's Senior Market Analyst for Vancouver.

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 19,808 units in May, up from 17,685 in April. This increase is the result of a higher apartment construction.

Housing starts in the Abbotsford-Mission CMA were trending at 706 units in May from 627 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.

(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.

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Additional data is available upon request.

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Contact Information

  • Market Analysis Contact:
    Robyn Adamache
    604-737-4144
    Cell: 604-787-9659
    radamach@cmhc.ca

    Media Contact:
    Jeanette Wilkinson
    604-737-4025
    Cell: (604) 360-7793
    jpwilkin@cmhc.ca