Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

November 08, 2012 08:15 ET

October 2012 Housing Starts in Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2012) - Housing starts in Thunder Bay, Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 440 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 standalone monthly SAAR was 1236 units in October, up from 246 in September.

"With 88 apartment condominium unit starts in October, multi-family starts took a jump pulling up total starts in the year-to-date. Condominium-tenured housing has been discussed widely in the marketplace over the last three years and proponents are currently working on three projects, each with their own advantages," noted Warren Philp, CMHC's Market Analyst for Thunder Bay.

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 multiples segment includes apartments, rows and semi-detached homes.

To combine with the 88 condo units, Thunder Bay saw twenty-one single detached units started in October. This number was one unit better than the ten-year-average for Octobers. Year-to-date total starts have reached 304 units, 44 units behind last year, with 121 of those units being semi-detached, row and or apartment units.

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.

Additional data is available upon request.

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Preliminary Housing Start Data
October / 2011-2012
Thunder Bay, CMA1 October 2011 October 2012
October - Single-Detached 22 21
October - Multiples 4 88
October - Total 26 109
January to Oct - Single-Detached 162 183
January to October - Multiples 186 121
January to October - Total 348 304
September 2012 October 2012
Total 246 1236
Source: CMHC
1 Census Metropolitan Area
2 Seasonally Adjusted at Annual Rates
Detailed data available upon request.

Contact Information

  • Market Analysis Contact:
    Warren Philp
    807-343-2016 or Cell: 807-627-1329

    Media Contact:
    Beth Bailey
    Consultant, Communications and Marketing
    416-218-3355 or Cell: 416-988-4615