Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

March 08, 2016 08:15 ET

Toronto Housing Starts in February 2016

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 8, 2016) - Housing starts in the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) trended at 42,352 units in February 2016 compared to 45,296 in January 2016 according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts.

"While housing starts in Toronto trended lower in February, low listings of single-detached homes in the resale market have resulted in some demand being carried over to the new home market as indicated by higher trending single-detached home starts," said Dana Senagama, CMHC Principal Market Analyst for the GTA.

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 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 47,341 units in February, up from 26,120 units in January. The increase was the result of greater apartment starts.

With 2,101 new apartment units breaking ground within the City of Toronto meant it recorded the highest number of starts within the GTA. Brampton recorded the next highest number of starts comprising mostly single-detached units. This was followed by Mississauga, where apartment construction was robust.

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

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