Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

May 09, 2011 08:15 ET

Ontario Home Starts Edge Lower in April

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 9, 2011) - Ontario preliminary Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of home starts across urban* centres moderated for the first time in four months in April. An estimated 65,600 residential housing units got started in the latest month, down from 71,300 units in March. Both single and multi family home construction, which includes semi detached, townhome and apartment dwellings dampened activity in April. For the year ending April,, new home construction in Ontario urban areas is running 9 per cent above levels for the same period one year ago.

"Despite some moderation in April construction activity, starts continue to run above trend levels," said Ted Tsiakopoulos, CMHC's Regional Economist. More balanced resale markets and rising mortgage carrying costs will temper the pace of construction activity in the months ahead," added Tsiakopoulos.

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Ontario Starts, Urban 10,000 and Over - 2011 SAAR
FebruaryMarchApril%Change
Total63,40071,30065,600-8.0%
Single25,70024,60023,000-6.5%
Multiple37,70046,70042,600-8.8%
Ontario Actual Starts, Urban 10,000+
AprilYear-to-Date
20102011% Change20102011% Change
Total5,2135,2921.5%16,12717,5498.8%
Single2,2451,815-19.2%7,4515,753-22.8%
Multiple2,9683,47717.1%8,67611,79636.0%

Starts figures in this release, other than actual starts, are seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR)—that is, monthly figures
adjusted to remove normal seasonal variation and multiplied by 12 to reflect annual levels.

* refers to provincial starts in areas with population 10,000+ (urban)

Contact Information

  • Ontario: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    Ted Tsiakopoulos
    (416) 218-3407
    ttsiakop@cmhc.ca

    Canada: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    Charles Sauriol
    (613) 748-2799
    csauriol@cmhc.ca