Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
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June 08, 2012 08:15 ET

May Housing Starts in Halifax

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - June 8, 2012) - New residential construction in Halifax decreased last month compared to May 2011 according to preliminary data1 released today by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). There were 201 housing starts recorded in May compared to 233 last year.

"New home construction in Halifax decreased last month," said Matthew Gilmore senior market analyst with CMHC's Atlantic Business Centre. "The decline in total starts is attributed to fewer multiple-unit starts breaking ground in May as construction began on 110 units compared to 146 last year," added Gilmore. "In the single-detached segment of the market, starts increased for the fourth time in 2012 as 91 units were started compared to 87 last year," said Gilmore.

In urban centres across Canada, total housing starts recorded in May were up seven per cent to 17,058 units compared to 15,962 a year ago. Single-detached starts decreased three per cent to 6,145 units, while multiple starts increased 13 per cent to 10,913 units in May. In the Atlantic region, 866 new units were started compared to 930 during May 2011.

As Canada's national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 65 years of experience to help Canadians access a variety of high 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.

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 NOVA SCOTIA SUMMARY
MAY MAY% Change YEAR-TO-DATE% Change
20122011 20122011
ALL URBAN CENTRES WITH POPULATIONS > 50,000
HALIFAX CMA
Single91874.6%35129618.6%
Multiple110146-24.7%392698-43.8%
TOTAL201233-13.7%743994-25.3%
CAPE BRETON RGM
Single1315-13.3%393125.8%
Multiple8633.3%29283.6%
TOTAL21210.0%685915.3%
ALL URBAN CENTRES WITH POPULATION >10,000
ALL CENTRES*
Single121149-18.8%5084903.7%
Multiple121216-44.0%445844-47.3%
TOTAL242365-33.7%9531,334-28.6%
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 (Halifax CMA, Cape Breton RGM, Truro CA, Kentville CA and New Glasgow CA, Chester MD, East Hants MD, Kings Subd. A SCM, Lunenburg MD, Queens RGM, West Hants MD, Yarmouth MD).
## Indicates changes in excess of 100% which are not reported due to volatility resulting from small absolute numbers.

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