Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

October 08, 2010 08:15 ET

September Housing Starts

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 8, 2010) - The seasonally adjusted annual rate(1) of housing starts was 186,400 units in September, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). This is down from 189,300 units in August.

"Housing starts moved lower in September due to a decrease in urban single starts in Atlantic Canada and Ontario," said Bob Dugan, Chief Economist at CMHC's Market Analysis Centre. "Multiple starts were unchanged."

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts decreased by 3.3 per cent to 163,200 units in September. Urban multiple starts were unchanged in September at 99,600 units, while single urban starts moved lower by 8.1 per cent to 63,600 units.

September's seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts decreased by 23.7 per cent in Atlantic Canada and by 10.9 per cent in Ontario. Urban starts increased by 6.4 per cent in British Columbia, by 3.9 per cent in Quebec and by 0.6 per cent in the Prairie Region.

Rural starts(2) were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 23,200 units in September.

As Canada's national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 60 years of experience to help Canadians access a variety of high quality, environmentally sustainable and affordable homes. 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, 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 makes it possible to highlight the fundamental trends of a series. 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.

(2) CMHC estimates the level of starts in centres with a population of less than 10,000 for each of the three months of the quarter, at the beginning of each quarter. During the last month of the quarter, CMHC conducts the survey in these centres and revises the estimate.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-668-2642.

This release is also available on the CMHC Web site:  

For regional starts information contact:

Atlantic provinces: Alex MacDonald, CMHC,
(902) 426-8964,
Quebec: Kevin Hughes, CMHC,
(514) 283-4488,
Ontario: Ted Tsiakopoulos, CMHC,
(416) 218-3407,
Prairie provinces: Lai Sing Louie, CMHC,
(403) 515-2991,
British Columbia: Carol Frketich, CMHC,
(604) 737-4067, 

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Housing Starts in Canada - All Areas*:

Housing Starts, Actual and SAAR*
  Actual SAAR
September 2009 September 2010 August 2010 September 2010
  Revised Preliminary Revised Preliminary
Canada, all areas 15,302 16,929 189,300 186,400
  Canada, rural areas 2,109 2,528 20,500 23,200
  Canada, urban centres** 13,193 14,401 168,800 163,200
    Canada, singles, urban centres 6,770 5,963 69,200 63,600
    Canada, multiples, urban centres 6,423 8,438 99,600 99,600
    Atlantic region, urban centres 969 720 9,700 7,400
    Quebec, urban centres 3,305 3,623 40,800 42,400
    Ontario, urban centres 4,831 4,885 61,200 54,500
    Prairie region, urban centres 2,620 2,868 32,200 32,400
    British Columbia, urban centres 1,468 2,305 24,900 26,500
Source: CMHC
*Seasonally adjusted annual rates
** Urban centres with a population of 10,000 and over.
Detailed data available upon request.

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