Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

January 11, 2011 08:15 ET

Quebec Housing Starts in December

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 11, 2011) - According to the results of the latest monthly survey conducted by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), residential construction decreased this past month in Quebec's centres with 10,000 or more inhabitants. In all, 3,545 dwellings were started in December 2010, compared to 3,696 a year earlier. However, the seasonally adjusted annual rate of starts for this same month (41,300) was higher than for the month of November (36,400).

"This increase in the rate of new home construction in Quebec was attributable to the multiple-unit housing segment, which stood out throughout 2010," said Kevin Hughes, Senior Economist at CMHC for Quebec.

An increase was recorded in the multiple-unit (semi-detached, row and apartment) housing segment, where starts climbed from 2,526 units in December 2009 to 2,641 units a year later, for an increase of 5 per cent.

A more detailed analysis of the data indicates that rental apartment starts posted a notable decrease. In centres with 50,000 or more inhabitants, such starts dropped from 687 units in December 2009 to 614 units in December 2010. During the same period, new semi-detached housing units climbed by 17 per cent.

Single-detached home building fell by 23 per cent year-over-year in December, as all of the CMAs in the province recorded losses. Based on the survey results, the Gatineau Montréal and Québec areas registered large declines (see Table).

In 2010, starts in Quebec's urban centres with 10,000 or more inhabitants were up by 18 per cent, compared to 2009. This result mainly reflected the increases in multi-unit housing construction (+24 per cent) and, to a lesser extent, in single-detached home building (+5 per cent).

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Preliminary Results - Monthly Starts Survey - Province of Quebec
(centres with 10,000+ inhab.)
 
December
  Singles Multiples Total
  2009 2010 % 2009 2010 % 2009 2010 %
                   
Centres with 100,000+ inhab. (December)                  
                   
GATINEAU 80 65 -19 68 63 -7 148 128 -14
MONTRÉAL 516 387 -25 1,448 1,447 0 1,964 1,834 -7
QUÉBEC 136 116 -15 417 427 2 553 543 -2
SAGUENAY 21 10 -52 28 42 50 49 52 6
SHERBROOKE 57 39 -32 92 87 -5 149 126 -15
TROIS-RIVIÈRES 49 20 -59 139 104 -25 188 124 -34
                   
Subtotal (100,000+) 859 637 -26 2,192 2,170 -1 3,051 2,807 -8
                   
Centres with
50,000 to 99,999 inhab.
(Décembre)
               
                   
DRUMMONDVILLE 37 33 -11 34 11 -68 71 44 -38
GRANBY 34 14 -59 20 47 *** 54 61 13
SAINT-HYACINTHE 6 6 0 30 25 -17 36 31 -14
SHAWINIGAN 6 8 33 0 0 0 6 8 33
SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU 29 21 -28 45 21 -53 74 42 -43
                   
Subtotal (50,000 to 99,999) 112 82 -27 129 104 -19 241 186 -23
                   
Centres with 10,000
to 49,999 inhab.
(4th Quart.)
               
                   
ALMA 23 15 -35 14 58 *** 37 73 97
AMOS 8 2 -75 0 0 0 8 2 -75
BAIE-COMEAU 2 1 -50 24 150 *** 26 151 ***
COWANSVILLE 6 5 -17 6 12 *** 12 17 42
DOLBEAU-MISTASSINI 4 4 0 0 0 0 4 4 0
GASPÉ 9 10 11 3 10 *** 12 20 67
GRENVILLE 5 1 -80 0 0 0 5 1 -80
JOLIETTE 41 48 17 98 48 -51 139 96 -31
LA TUQUE 3 3 0 0 0 0 3 3 0
LACHUTE 24 7 -71 55 24 -56 79 31 -61
LES-ÎLES-DE-LA-MADELEINE 11 11 0 4 4 0 15 15 0
MATANE 6 4 -33 10 0 -100 16 4 -75
MONT-LAURIER 14 10 -29 6 0 -100 20 10 -50
MONTMAGNY 4 4 0 0 0 0 4 4 0
PRÉVOST 57 41 -28 32 0 -100 89 41 -54
RAWDON 20 14 -30 16 2 -88 36 16 -56
RIMOUSKI 43 39 -9 44 204 *** 87 243 ***
RIVIÈRE-DU-LOUP 9 18 *** 54 45 -17 63 63 0
ROBERVAL 6 2 -67 0 0 0 6 2 -67
ROUYN-NORANDA 30 24 -20 4 16 *** 34 40 18
SAINTE-ADÈLE 31 21 -32 17 10 -41 48 31 -35
SAINTE-MARIE 7 7 0 15 23 53 22 30 36
SAINTE-SOPHIE 71 56 -21 24 26 8 95 82 -14
SAINT-FÉLICIEN 6 1 -83 0 0 0 6 1 -83
SAINT-GEORGES 44 22 -50 36 200 *** 80 222 ***
SAINT-LIN-LAURENTIDES 45 71 58 33 39 18 78 110 41
SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD 14 17 21 30 20 -33 44 37 -16
SEPT-ÎLES 9 11 22 0 10 *** 9 21 ***
SOREL-TRACY 14 22 57 70 96 37 84 118 40
THETFORD MINES 10 11 10 12 4 -67 22 15 -32
VAL-D'OR 12 53 *** 9 4 -56 21 57 ***
VICTORIAVILLE 34 37 9 29 60 *** 63 97 54
                   
Subtotal (10,000 to 49,999)* 622 592 -5 645 1,065 65 1,267 1,657 31
                   
                   
Quebec (estimate 10,000+) 1,170 904 -23 2,526 2,641 5 3,696 3,545 -4
                   
* Data adjusted to reflect geographical definitions of the 2006 Census.
*** Absolute value greater than 100%
 
 
Preliminary Results - Monthly Starts Survey - Province of Quebec
(centres with 10,000+ inhab.)
 
January to December
  Singles Multiples Total
  2009 2010 % 2009 2010 % 2009 2010 %
                   
Centres with 100,000+ inhab.                  
                   
GATINEAU 1,056 910 -14 2,060 1,777 -14 3,116 2,687 -14
MONTRÉAL 5,446 5,789 6 13,805 16,212 17 19,251 22,001 14
QUÉBEC 1,746 1,768 1 3,767 4,884 30 5,513 6,652 21
SAGUENAY 337 380 13 247 432 75 584 812 39
SHERBROOKE 668 570 -15 912 1,086 19 1,580 1,656 5
TROIS-RIVIÈRES 375 345 -8 652 1,346 *** 1,027 1,691 65
                   
Subtotal (100,000+) 9,628 9,762 1 21,443 25,737 20 31,071 35,499 14
                   
Centres with 50,000 to 99,999 inhab.                  
                   
DRUMMONDVILLE 332 417 26 198 318 61 530 735 39
GRANBY 256 279 9 361 620 72 617 899 46
SAINT-HYACINTHE 65 73 12 206 286 39 271 359 32
SHAWINIGAN 87 131 51 101 63 -38 188 194 3
SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU 230 273 19 173 140 -19 403 413 2
                   
Subtotal (50,000 to 99,999) 970 1,173 21 1,039 1,427 37 2,009 2,600 29
                   
Centres with 10,000 to 49,999 inhab.                  
                   
ALMA 81 72 -11 42 206 *** 123 278 ***
AMOS 32 44 38 0 3 *** 32 47 47
BAIE-COMEAU 31 12 -61 24 175 *** 55 187 ***
COWANSVILLE 25 47 88 62 38 -39 87 85 -2
DOLBEAU-MISTASSINI 19 20 5 0 2 *** 19 22 16
GASPÉ 60 48 -20 17 10 -41 77 58 -25
GRENVILLE 9 8 -11 0 27 *** 9 35 ***
JOLIETTE 220 212 -4 186 193 4 406 405 0
LA TUQUE 8 14 75 2 0 -100 10 14 40
LACHUTE 49 32 -35 93 58 -38 142 90 -37
LES-ÎLES-DE-LA-MADELEINE 47 42 -11 22 8 -64 69 50 -28
MATANE 34 25 -26 12 8 -33 46 33 -28
MONT-LAURIER 40 51 28 6 74 *** 46 125 ***
MONTMAGNY 17 21 24 8 8 0 25 29 16
PRÉVOST 173 170 -2 39 48 23 212 218 3
RAWDON 70 75 7 42 16 -62 112 91 -19
RIMOUSKI 143 176 23 157 320 *** 300 496 65
RIVIÈRE-DU-LOUP 54 71 31 100 120 20 154 191 24
ROBERVAL 16 17 6 8 6 -25 24 23 -4
ROUYN-NORANDA 97 122 26 50 23 -54 147 145 -1
SAINTE-ADÈLE 77 81 5 57 43 -25 134 124 -7
SAINTE-MARIE 37 33 -11 43 51 19 80 84 5
SAINTE-SOPHIE 180 213 18 62 91 47 242 304 26
SAINT-FÉLICIEN 16 12 -25 0 0 0 16 12 -25
SAINT-GEORGES 109 114 5 84 260 *** 193 374 94
SAINT-LIN-LAURENTIDES 124 214 73 70 129 84 194 343 77
SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD 62 66 6 101 186 84 163 252 55
SEPT-ÎLES 41 54 32 0 22 *** 41 76 85
SOREL-TRACY 85 114 34 132 240 82 217 354 63
THETFORD MINES 37 36 -3 48 43 -10 85 79 -7
VAL-D'OR 90 122 36 20 71 *** 110 193 75
VICTORIAVILLE 133 167 26 223 473 *** 356 640 80
                   
Subtotal (10,000 to 49,999)* 2,216 2,505 13 1,710 2,952 73 3,926 5,457 39
                   
                   
Quebec (estimate 10,000+) 12,814 13,440 5 24,192 30,116 24 37,006 43,556 18
 
* Data adjusted to reflect geographical definitions of the 2006 Census.
*** Absolute value greater than 100%

Contact Information

  • Province
    Kevin Hughes
    Senior Economist (province of Quebec)
    514-283-4488
    or
    Montreal
    Bertrand Recher
    Senior Market Analyst
    514-283-2758
    or
    Sherbrooke (Estrie)
    Francis Cortellino
    Senior Market Analyst
    514-283-8391
    or
    Quebec
    Elisabeth Koulouris
    Senior Market Analyst
    418-649-8098
    or
    Trois-Rivieres (Mauricie)
    Marie-Elaine Denis
    Market Analyst
    418-649-8100
    or
    Gatineau (Outaouais, Abitibi)
    Patrice Tardif
    Senior Market Analyst
    514-283-2097
    or
    Saguenay
    Sebastien Paquet-Poirier
    Market Analyst
    418-649-8102