Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

July 11, 2011 08:15 ET

Ontario Home Starts Rise in June

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 11, 2011) - Ontario preliminary Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of home starts across urban* centres grew in June. An estimated 69,000 residential housing units got started in the latest month, up from a revised 55,600 units in May. Both single detached and multi-family home construction, which includes semi detached, townhome and apartments contributed to the increase. When compared to activity in June 2010, eleven out of fifteen major centres posted increases during the latest month. For the year ending June, new home construction in Ontario urban areas is running ten per cent above levels this time last year.

"The second quarter ended strongly pushing Ontario home starts, particularly for higher density units, above expectations," said Ted Tsiakopoulos, CMHC`s Regional Economist. "Apartment construction will remain brisk but slower job growth, more balanced resale markets and tighter mortgage markets should 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
April May June % Change
Total 76,200 55,600 69,000 24.1%
Single 23,600 20,200 28,200 39.6%
Multiple 52,600 35,400 40,800 15.3%
Ontario Actual Starts, Urban 10,000+
June Year-to-Date
2010 2011 % Change 2010 2011 % Change
Total 4,957 6,390 28.9% 27,051 29,842 10.3%
Single 2,626 2,943 12.1% 12,571 10,719 -14.7%
Multiple 2,331 3,447 47.9% 14,480 19,123 32.1%

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)

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