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Canadian Housing Starts Trend Steady in October

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OTTAWA, Nov. 8, 2017 /CNW/ - The trend in housing starts was 216,770 units in October 2017, compared to 215,153 units in September 2017, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). This trend measure is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts.

Bob Dugan, Chief Economist, CMHC (CNW Group/Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)

"The trend in housing starts essentially held steady in October following a decrease in September," said Bob Dugan, CMHC's chief economist. "Nevertheless, new home construction remains very strong in 2017, as the seasonally adjusted number of starts has been above 200,000 units in nine of ten months so far this year."

Monthly Highlights

New Brunswick
After four years of declining construction activity, population growth has helped push New Brunswick's housing starts up 28% year-to-date. Starts have been strong across the province, with much of the activity concentrated in the Moncton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA). Multifamily starts have been particularly strong in the hub city, up 49% year-to-date.

Montréal
In the Montréal area, this past month saw the highest level ever recorded of residential construction for the month of October, with close to 3,500 housing units started—half of them on the Island of Montréal. Once again in 2017, condominium and rental housing construction has driven the growth. The decrease in inventories of completed and unsold condominiums and the low vacancy rates in newer rental buildings seem to have prompted developers to ramp up on construction projects this year.

Ottawa
Low-rise housing starts trended higher in October supported by improved employment and earnings this year. This increase was just enough to offset the effect of the sharp decline in apartment starts this month. To October, housing starts were 27% higher than their level in 2016. The rise in starts so far this year was mostly driven by a doubling in apartment starts following three years of declining high-rise construction in the CMA as the number of completed and unsold condominiums has trended down considerably since peaking in mid-2016.

Thunder Bay
October housing starts in Thunder Bay trended at their highest level in three years due primarily to a continued increase in the trend for multiples starts. Downsizing senior households, international post-secondary students and in-migrants to the CMA drawn in by an improving service sector have all been supportive of apartment starts this year. Conversely, the trend for single detached starts has remained mostly flat owing to more affordable alternatives in the resale market.

Toronto
Total housing starts in the CMA trended lower in October 2017, with the most pronounced declines occurring in single-detached home and apartment starts. Lower trending single-detached home starts are reflective of fewer sales of pre-construction units through 2016 and spring of 2017. Sales of pre-construction condominium apartment units have been brisk over the past couple of years and these units continue to start construction with varying levels of intensity each month.

London
Total housing starts in the London CMA were down significantly in October 2017 compared to October 2016, due to a high number of apartments started last October. However, single-detached starts in London CMA posted the highest levels for the month of October since 2007. Strong population growth and a low supply of resale home listings have strengthened demand for new single-detached homes – encouraging builders to continue to keep single-detached starts elevated over recent months.

Windsor
Multi-unit housing starts in the Windsor CMA posted the highest levels for the month of October since 2004, while single-detached starts trended lower for a second consecutive month. Slightly lower demand in the resale market evidenced by a declining sales-to-new listings ratio has discouraged builders from keeping single-detached starts as high as they were early in the summer. Also, Windsor's growing population of seniors has strengthened demand for multi-unit starts, as seniors have a higher propensity to downsize to apartment units and semi-detached homes as they age.

Calgary
While labour market conditions and housing demand have improved this year, the trend in total housing starts has been slowing down over the last couple of months. A rise in active listings in the competing resale market combined with elevated inventories in the new home market, especially for apartments, have impacted new home construction. Despite the decline in the trend, total actual housing starts to the end of October were still up 24% compared to the same period a year earlier.

Vancouver
Starts trended higher in the Vancouver CMA in October, with seasonally adjusted monthly starts reaching a 12-month high. The increase was primarily driven by a significant uptick in condominium apartment starts in Burnaby, Coquitlam and Surrey, where the demand is strong for more affordable multi-family dwellings. Year-to-date starts remain below 2016 levels, mostly due to fewer projects getting underway in the City of Vancouver and on the North Shore this year.

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 more complete picture of Canada's housing market. In some situations analyzing only SAAR data can be misleading, as they are largely driven by the multi-unit segment of the market which can vary significantly from one month to the next.

The standalone monthly SAAR of housing starts for all areas in Canada was 222,771 units in October, up from 219,293 units in September. The SAAR of urban starts increased by 2.5 per cent in October to 205,935 units. Multiple urban starts increased by 12.5 per cent to 149,593 units in October. Single-detached urban starts decreased by 17.1 per cent, to 56,342 units.

Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 16,836 units.

Preliminary Housing Starts data are also available in English and French through our website and through CMHC's Housing Market Information Portal. Our analysts are also available to provide further insight into their respective markets.

As Canada's authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers objective housing research and information to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing industry.

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October Housing Starts in Canada - All Areas (CNW Group/Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)

 

Preliminary Housing Start Data in Centres 10,000 Population and Over


Single-Detached

All Others

Total



October
2016

October
2017

%

October
2016

October
2017

%

October
2016

October
2017

%

Provinces (10,000+)

N.-L.

71

51

-28

38

46

21

109

97

-11

P.E.I.   

10

35

250

4

21

425

14

56

300

N.S.   

93

117

26

227

97

-57

320

214

-33

N.B.   

54

71

31

93

174

87

147

245

67

Atlantic

228

274

20

362

338

-7

590

612

4

Qc

641

576

-10

2,116

4,028

90

2,757

4,604

67

Ont.   

2,670

2,026

-24

4,650

3,136

-33

7,320

5,162

-29

Man.   

219

215

-2

159

164

3

378

379

0

Sask.   

180

166

-8

160

281

76

340

447

31

Alta.   

927

1,057

14

1,137

1,317

16

2,064

2,374

15

Prairies

1,326

1,438

8

1,456

1,762

21

2,782

3,200

15

B.C.   

887

830

-6

1,245

3,681

196

2,132

4,511

112

Canada (10,000+)

5,752

5,144

-11

9,829

12,945

32

15,581

18,089

16

Metropolitan Areas

Abbotsford-Mission

37

25

-32

143

95

-34

180

120

-33

Barrie

70

75

7

50

50

-

120

125

4

Belleville

**

37

##

**

23

##

**

60

##

Brantford

11

12

9

12

0

-100

23

12

-48

Calgary

334

385

15

293

568

94

627

953

52

Edmonton

413

413

-

763

397

-48

1,176

810

-31

Greater Sudbury

16

9

-44

16

4

-75

32

13

-59

Guelph

32

17

-47

68

24

-65

100

41

-59

Halifax

43

76

77

193

70

-64

236

146

-38

Hamilton

73

51

-30

193

90

-53

266

141

-47

Kelowna

89

70

-21

115

101

-12

204

171

-16

Kingston

35

14

-60

16

14

-13

51

28

-45

Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo

159

80

-50

103

103

-

262

183

-30

Lethbridge

**

43

##

**

79

##

**

122

##

London

117

144

23

296

42

-86

413

186

-55

Moncton

12

30

150

47

140

198

59

170

188

Montréal

248

248

-

1,029

3,180

209

1,277

3,428

168

Oshawa

75

61

-19

200

258

29

275

319

16

Ottawa-Gatineau

249

308

24

691

318

-54

940

626

-33

Gatineau

45

55

22

291

42

-86

336

97

-71

Ottawa

204

253

24

400

276

-31

604

529

-12

Peterborough

20

22

10

16

4

-75

36

26

-28

Québec

110

56

-49

324

273

-16

434

329

-24

Regina

76

48

-37

71

101

42

147

149

1

Saguenay

11

25

127

46

27

-41

57

52

-9

St. Catharines-Niagara

123

77

-37

45

198

340

168

275

64

Saint John

17

14

-18

1

4

300

18

18

-

St. John's

60

37

-38

35

42

20

95

79

-17

Saskatoon

80

92

15

62

157

153

142

249

75

Sherbrooke

34

22

-35

82

91

11

116

113

-3

Thunder Bay

16

12

-25

0

30

##

16

42

163

Toronto

1,215

684

-44

2,989

1,754

-41

4,204

2,438

-42

Trois-Rivières

18

20

11

12

29

142

30

49

63

Vancouver

415

367

-12

598

2,532

323

1,013

2,899

186

Victoria

77

76

-1

136

705

418

213

781

267

Windsor

63

52

-17

17

54

218

80

106

33

Winnipeg

198

159

-20

146

127

-13

344

286

-17

Total

4,546

3,861

-15

8,808

11,684

33

13,354

15,545

16

Data for 2016 based on 2011 Census Definitions.

Data for 2017 based on 2016 Census Definitions.

Source: Market Analysis Centre, CMHC

 

Preliminary Housing Start Data - Seasonally Adjusted at Annual Rates (SAAR)


Single-Detached

All Others

Total


September
2017

October
2017

%

September
2017

October
2017

%

September
2017

October
2017

%

Provinces (10,000+)

N.L.

598

517

-14

305

514

69

903

1,031

14

P.E.I.   

375

495

32

612

252

-59

987

747

-24

N.S.   

1,276

1,256

-2

3,515

1,177

-67

4,791

2,433

-49

N.B.   

749

809

8

2,508

2,169

-14

3,257

2,978

-9

Qc  

7,252

6,332

-13

34,500

43,883

27

41,752

50,215

20

Ont.   

29,080

21,073

-28

46,858

36,485

-22

75,938

57,558

-24

Man.   

3,027

2,402

-21

2,520

1,968

-22

5,547

4,370

-21

Sask.   

1,845

1,888

2

1,356

3,372

149

3,201

5,260

64

Alta.   

13,290

12,085

-9

13,884

15,507

12

27,174

27,592

2

B.C.   

10,468

9,485

-9

26,932

44,266

64

37,400

53,751

44

Canada (10,000+)

67,960

56,342

-17

132,990

149,593

12

200,950

205,935

2

Canada (All Areas)

81,799

69,327

-15

137,492

153,443

12

219,293

222,771

2

Metropolitan Areas

Abbotsford-Mission

368

255

-31

1,608

1,140

-29

1,976

1,395

-29

Barrie

501

790

58

192

600

213

693

1,390

101

Belleville

690

396

-43

120

276

130

810

672

-17

Brantford

336

145

-57

0

0

-

336

145

-57

Calgary

4,925

4,490

-9

5,388

6,816

27

10,313

11,306

10

Edmonton

5,007

4,471

-11

7,572

4,764

-37

12,579

9,235

-27

Greater Sudbury

132

99

-25

72

48

-33

204

147

-28

Guelph

191

236

24

456

288

-37

647

524

-19

Halifax

672

877

31

3,360

840

-75

4,032

1,717

-57

Hamilton

787

742

-6

936

1,080

15

1,723

1,822

6

Kelowna

917

736

-20

4,056

1,212

-70

4,973

1,948

-61

Kingston

361

219

-39

564

168

-70

925

387

-58

Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo

962

839

-13

4,620

1,236

-73

5,582

2,075

-63

Lethbridge

458

452

-1

240

948

295

698

1,400

101

London

1,944

1,631

-16

2,184

504

-77

4,128

2,135

-48

Moncton

341

354

4

1,416

1,680

19

1,757

2,034

16

Montréal

3,294

2,654

-19

32,714

38,222

17

36,008

40,876

14

Oshawa

1,046

533

-49

4,932

3,096

-37

5,978

3,629

-39

Ottawa-Gatineau

3,077

3,070

0

5,868

3,816

-35

8,945

6,886

-23

  Gatineau

535

423

-21

672

504

-25

1,207

927

-23

  Ottawa

2,542

2,647

4

5,196

3,312

-36

7,738

5,959

-23

Peterborough

335

253

-24

96

48

-50

431

301

-30

Québec

678

774

14

10,428

3,276

-69

11,106

4,050

-64

Regina

658

534

-19

1,152

1,212

5

1,810

1,746

-4

Saguenay

191

264

38

96

324

238

287

588

105

St. Catharines-Niagara

942

842

-11

1,020

2,376

133

1,962

3,218

64

Saint John

169

178

5

756

48

-94

925

226

-76

St. John's

458

368

-20

180

504

180

638

872

37

Saskatoon

968

1,121

16

72

1,884

##

1,040

3,005

189

Sherbrooke

189

196

4

492

1,092

122

681

1,288

89

Thunder Bay

141

112

-21

288

360

25

429

472

10

Toronto

12,499

7,001

-44

22,800

21,048

-8

35,299

28,049

-21

Trois-Rivières

234

192

-18

180

348

93

414

540

30

Vancouver

5,252

4,466

-15

12,864

30,384

136

18,116

34,850

92

Victoria

667

875

31

6,456

8,460

31

7,123

9,335

31

Windsor

710

656

-8

288

648

125

998

1,304

31

Winnipeg

2,742

1,792

-35

2,268

1,524

-33

5,010

3,316

-34

Data based on 2016 Census Definitions.

Source: Market Analysis Centre, CMHC

## not calculable / extreme value

 

CMHC (CNW Group/Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)

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SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

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