Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

February 08, 2012 08:15 ET

Ontario Home Starts Grow in January

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 8, 2012) - The Ontario preliminary Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of home starts across urban* centres moved higher in January. An estimated 77,300** residential housing units got started in the latest month, up from 69,600 units in December. Multi-family home construction, which includes semi detached homes, town homes and apartments was solely responsible for the increase while single detached construction edged lower. The bulk of gains were in the GTA while starts outside the GTA remained relatively unchanged. Ontario construction activity was running well above trend levels in January

"Ontario construction activity continues to be driven largely by the apartment sector. Apartment construction activity remained strong in January thanks to high home prices, lower rental vacancy rates and increasing investor interest. However, uncertainty in global financial markets, slower job growth and more choice in resale markets should temper the pace of construction activity through 2012," said Ted Tsiakopoulos, CMHC's Ontario Regional Economist.

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