Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

December 08, 2014 08:15 ET

November 2014 Housing Starts in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Dec. 8, 2014) - Housing starts in the Vancouver Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 19,492 units in November compared to 19,548 units in October, 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.

"The trend measure of housing starts was stable in November as small increases in single-detached and town house starts were offset by small declines in apartment and duplex starts," said Robyn Adamache, CMHC's Senior Market Analyst. "To date, actual housing starts totalled 17,494 units during 2014 and most of these were in the cities of Vancouver, Surrey, and Richmond."

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 19,473 units in November, up from 14,457 units in October, due to an increase in apartment starts in November following an unusually low level of apartment starts in October.

Housing starts in the Abbotsford-Mission CMA were trending at 431 units in November, down from 550 units in October.

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 advice to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing industry.

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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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Tables and a graph are available at the following address:

Contact Information

  • Market Analysis Contact:
    Robyn Adamache
    Cell: 604-787-9659

    Media Contact:
    Tracy Wells
    Cell: 604-999-7190