OTTAWA, ON — The seasonally adjusted annual rate1 of housing starts was 197,900 units in January, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). This is down from 199,900 units in December 2011.

“The slight decrease posted in January was attributable to a decrease in Quebec and in Atlantic Canada”, said Mathieu Laberge, Deputy Chief Economist at CMHC’s Market Analysis Centre. “The multiple starts segment accounted for most of the reduction in those two regions.”

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts decreased by 2.8 per cent to 176,600 units in January. Urban single starts decreased by 7.8 per cent in January to 64,900 units, while multiple urban starts were slightly up by 0.4 per cent to 111,700 units.

January’s seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts decreased by 35.4 per cent in Atlantic Canada, and by 34.4 per cent in Québec. Urban starts increased by 28 per cent in British Columbia, by 11.1 per cent in Ontario, and by 2.3 per cent in the Prairies.

Rural starts2 were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 21,300 units in January.

As Canada's national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 65 years of experience to help Canadians access a variety of high 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.

 

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.

 

 

Housing Starts, Actual and SAAR*

 

Actual

SAAR

 

January
2011

January
2012

December
2011

January
2012

 

Source: CMHC
*Seasonally adjusted annual rates
**Urban centres with a population of 10,000 and over.
  Detailed data available upon request.

 

 

Revised

Preliminary

Revised

Preliminary

 

Canada, all areas

10,634

12,950

199,900

197,900

 

Canada, rural areas

811

730

18,300

21,300

 

Canada, urban centres**

9,823

12,220

181,600

176,600

 

Canada, singles, urban centres

3,547

3,596

70,400

64,900

 

Canada, multiples, urban centres

6,276

8,624

111,200

111,700

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atlantic region, urban centres

500

440

13,000

8,400

 

Quebec, urban centres

2,516

1,712

43,000

28,200

 

Ontario, urban centres

3,299

5,626

69,600

77,300

 

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