Monday, February 09, 2009

Canadian Housing Starts in January

153,500 Housing Starts in January

OTTAWA, February 9, 2009 — The seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts declined to 153,500 units in January from 172,200 units in December of 2008, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

“To a certain extent, the decline in housing starts coincides with recent developments in the existing home market. Reduced sales and increased listings in the existing home market have led to reduced spillover demand in the new home market,” said Bob Dugan, Chief Economist.

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts decreased 15.6 per cent to 126,700 units in January. Urban multiple starts decreased 12.2 per cent to 76,700 units, while urban single starts fell 20.2 per cent to 50,000 units in January.

January’s seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts moderated in all of Canada’s five regions. Urban starts declined 8.6 per cent in Atlantic Canada, 1.4 per cent in Quebec, 14.6 per cent in Ontario, 30.3 per cent in the Prairies, and 29.1 per cent in British Columbia.

Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 26,800 units in January.

Actual starts in rural and urban areas combined decreased by an estimated 35.8 per cent in January this year compared to relatively high levels in January last year. Actual starts in urban areas have decreased by an estimated 40.4 per cent compared to the same month in 2008. Actual urban single starts for 2009 are 44.2 per cent lower than they were a year earlier while urban multiple starts are down 38.1 per cent.

As Canada’s national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 60 years of experience to help Canadians access a variety of quality, environmentally sustainable, and affordable homes — homes that will continue to create vibrant and healthy communities and cities across the country.

For more information, call 1-800-668-2642.


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