OTTAWA, February 8, 2012 — 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.
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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.
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*Seasonally adjusted annual rates
**Urban centres with a population of 10,000 and over.
Detailed data available upon request.
|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|
|Prairie region, urban centres||1,617||2,397||34,900||35,700|
|British Columbia, urban centres||1,891||2,045||21,100||27,000|