Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

November 09, 2015 08:15 ET

October 2015 Housing Starts in Kingston

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 9, 2015) - Housing starts in the Kingston Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 971 units in October compared to 935 in September 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.

"Housing starts in Kingston continued their upward trend for the month of October led mainly by more apartment starts located close to the core. The greater number of apartment units built was supported by the local demand which is seeking to satisfy diverse housing needs of an aging population combined with a relatively large younger age group." said Aris Gianneskis, Market Analyst for Kingston.

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.

The standalone monthly SAAR was 643 units in October down from 842 in September as fewer single-detached and multiple units were supplied.

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.

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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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A table and a graph are available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/1031853_ENG.pdf

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Angelina Ritacco, Consultant, Communications and Marketing
    416-218-3320
    aritacco@cmhc.ca