Housing starts in Saskatchewan are expected to decline slightly from 8,290 in 2013 to 7,700 in 2014 and 7,500 in 2015, reflecting the slowdown in the potash industry, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC).
Economic activity in Saskatchewan will be held back by lower potash prices, which will impact production and investment in this sector. Meanwhile net migration will continue to support housing demand, with 12,700 additional people projected to move to Saskatchewan in 2014 and another 10,800 in 2015.
Regina is expected to see slightly fewer housing starts at 2,800 in 2014 and 2,735 in 2015, compared with 3,122 in 2013.
Nationally, builders will likely reduce housing starts in 2014 and 2015 as they adjust to rising interest rates and a slowdown in demand from first-time buyers.
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