Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

June 08, 2015 08:15 ET

May 2015 Housing Starts in Prince Edward Island

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwired - June 8, 2015) - Housing starts in Prince Edward Island were trending at 295 units in May compared to 328 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.

"With no multiple starts in provincial urban centres for the second consecutive month, residential construction in Prince Edward Island continued to trend lower in May. The only starts in provincial urban centres for the month were 10 single-detached units," said Claude Gautreau, Senior Market Analyst with CMHC's Atlantic Business Centre. "The lack of multi-residential construction activity in Charlottetown was the main driver for the significant year-over-year decline observed in May," added Gautreau.

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 102 units in May, up from 32 in April.

Preliminary Housing Starts data is also available in English and French at the following link:
Preliminary Housing Starts Tables

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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:
    Claude Gautreau
    506-851-2742
    Cell: 506-866-9002
    cgautrea@cmhc.ca

    Media Contact:
    Patricia Montreuil
    506-851-2229
    Cell : 506-875-8895
    pmontreu@cmhc.ca