Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

October 08, 2014 08:15 ET

September 2014 Housing Starts in Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 8, 2014) - Housing starts in Thunder Bay, Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending at 246 units in September up from 180 units in August 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.

"Strengthening seasonally adjusted starts in Thunder Bay were the result of several months of frail new residential construction. This behaviour added to a very volatile year with weaker employment levels and increased resale listings. For the remainder of the year we expect to see a slightly stronger fourth quarter in single-detached starts while starts of semi-detached, apartment and row starts should be relatively quiet," advised Warren Philp, CMHC's Market Analyst for Thunder Bay.

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.

The standalone monthly SAAR was 409 units in September up from 226 in August.

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.

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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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A table and a graph are available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/971941a.pdf

Contact Information

  • Market Analysis Contact:
    Warren Philp
    807-343-2016
    Cell: 807-627-1329
    wphilp@cmhc.ca

    Media Contact:
    Beth Bailey, Consultant, Communications and Marketing
    416-218-3355
    bbailey@cmhc.ca