Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

September 09, 2011 08:15 ET

Thunder Bay Starts Decrease in August

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2011) - According to preliminary data released today by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), activity in the residential construction sector decreased from 39 units in August 2010 to 26 units a year later. Nevertheless, annual starts are 7.4 per cent ahead from the first eight months of 2010.

"Although August home starts are below 2010 numbers, they are in line with the 10 year average for this time of the year," noted Warren Philp, CMHC's Northern Ontario Market Analyst. "An active resale market, characterized by tight supply conditions, is generating increasing interest in new construction in Thunder Bay, both in the form of single and multiple family starts."

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"The upcoming fall months should be vibrant since 171 permits were taken out in June. This will lead to more construction starts in the fall," concluded Philp.

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Our next Housing Starts press release will be September, 2011, coming on October 11, 2011. CMHC's national web-site is located at www.cmhc.ca.

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