OTTAWA, March 10, 2014 — Housing starts in Canada were trending at 192,236 units in February compared to 191,513 in January, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR)1 of housing starts.
“The trend in housing starts remained stable in February for the seventh consecutive month. Since August 2013, the trend has essentially remained in the 185,000 to 195,000 range, with monthto-month variations generally of two per cent or less. This is in line with CMHC's outlook calling for a stable housing market in 2014,” said Mathieu Laberge, Deputy Chief Economist at CMHC.
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 the state of the housing market. In some situations analyzing 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 192,094 units in February, an increase from 180,481 in January. The SAAR of urban starts increased by 7.5 per cent in February to 175,584 units. Multiple urban starts increased by 13.3 per cent to 116,458 units in February while the single-detached urban starts segment decreased by 2.4 per cent to 59,126 units.
In February, the seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts increased in Atlantic Canada and Quebec, they were stable in Ontario, and decreased in the Prairies and British Columbia.
Rural starts2 were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 16,510 units.
Preliminary Housing Starts data is also available in English and French at the following link: Preliminary Housing Starts Tables 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.
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