Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

June 08, 2015 08:15 ET

May 2015 Housing Starts in British Columbia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - June 8, 2015) - Housing starts in British Columbia's urban areas1 were trending at 28,733 units in May compared to 29,331 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)2 of housing starts.

"The trend level of housing starts edged lower in May as multiple-unit starts moderated," said Robyn Adamache, Principal, Market Analysis. "Fewer town homes and apartments got underway, while single-detached starts were stable compared to April."

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 for urban starts in British Columbia was 25,069 units in May, compared to 37,136 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 authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers objective housing research and information to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing industry.

1 Urban areas are centres with populations of 10,000 or more people.

2 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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To view the graph and tables accompanying this press release please click on the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/chmcBC0604.pdf

Contact Information

  • Information on this release:
    Robyn Adamache
    604-737-4144
    Cell: 604-787-9659
    radamach@cmhc.ca

    Media Contact:
    Renee Nat
    403-515-2963
    403-605-5094 (cell.)
    rnat@schl.ca