OTTAWA, Ontario – The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation reported that 2021 housing starts were trending at 281,339 units in January, up 22.7% from 229,350 units in December.

“Both single- and multi-family Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) starts rebounded strongly in January from declines in December, driving the overall trend higher,” said Bob Dugan, CMHC's chief economist. “Single-family starts were particularly strong in Montréal, reaching their highest level since February 2008.”

Nationally, SAAR rates of multiple urban starts increased by 24.1% to 193,328 units in January and single-detached urban starts increased by 38.1% to 73,549 units. Rural starts were estimated at a SAAR of 15,551 units.

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