Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

October 09, 2012 08:15 ET

September 2012 Housing Starts in Ontario

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 9, 2012) - Housing starts in Ontario were trending at 80,600 units 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. The standalone monthly SAAR was 70,486 units in September, down from 86,189 units in August.

"As was widely expected, Ontario home construction, led by the apartment sector, moved lower closer to levels consistent with demographic demand. While home construction will remain elevated over the next several months, starts should moderate further. Modest job growth versus the recent past, better supplied resale markets combined with a high level of units under construction are headwinds for the residential construction industry," said Ted Tsiakopoulos, CMHC's Ontario Regional Economist.

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.

While multi-family construction weighed on starts in September, single-detached starts moved lower although remain quite stable so far in 2012. Year-to-date total urban starts have reached 57,091 in 2012, up 19 per cent from the same period one year ago. Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa are home to higher density construction - enabling these markets to post the strongest growth among major Ontario markets in 2012.

Preliminary Housing Starts data is also available in English and French at the following link: Preliminary Housing Starts Tables.

As Canada's national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 65 years of experience to help Canadians access a variety of quality, environmentally sustainable and affordable housing solutions. CMHC also provides reliable, impartial and up-to-date housing market reports, analysis and knowledge to support and assist consumers and the housing industry in making informed decisions.

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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Contact Information

  • Market Analysis Contact:
    Ted Tsiakopoulos
    416-218-3407 or Cell: 416-579-4992

    Media Contact:
    Beth Bailey
    416-218-3355 or Cell: 416-988-4615