CMHC Housing Starts June 2013 For Canada, Toronto & Vancouver

June 2013 Housing Starts in Canada

OTTAWA, July 9, 2013 — Housing starts in Canada were trending at 184,514 units in June compared to 184,087 in May, 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.

“As expected, the trend in total housing starts remained essentially stable in June, for a third consecutive month. This reflects general stability in regional trends over the same period. As a result, the trend in national housing activity remains close to its historical average and is in-line with estimates of household formation,” said Mathieu Laberge, Deputy Chief Economist at CMHC. “In June, gains in housing starts in British Columbia were offset by declines in other regions of the country.”

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 volatile from one month to the next.

The standalone monthly SAAR was 199,586 units in June, a decrease from 204,616 in May. The SAAR of urban starts decreased by 2.7 per cent in June to 177,085 units, as both the single and multiple urban starts segments declined in June. Specifically, single urban starts decreased by 4.1 per cent to 62,743 units in June while the multiple urban starts segment decreased by 2.0 per cent to 114,342 units.

June’s seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts increased in British Columbia. Urban starts decreased in all other regions, including Atlantic Canada, Ontario, Quebec and the Prairies.

Rural starts2 were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 22,501 units in June.

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.

1 All starts figures in this release, other than actual starts and the trend estimate, 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 allows for a comparison from one season to the next and from one month to the next. 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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Information on this release:

Charles Sauriol
CMHC Media Relations
613-748-2799
csauriol@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

Additional data is available upon request.

Preliminary Housing Start Data
June 2013
May 2013 June 2013
Trend1, all areas 184,087 184,514
SAAR, all areas 204,616 199,586
SAAR, rural areas 22,555 22,501
SAAR, urban centres2
Single-detached 65,404 62,743
Multiples 116,657 114,342
Total 182,061 177,085
Atlantic, urban centres2 10,027 8,192
Quebec, urban centres2 32,439 30,051
Ontario, urban centres2 68,430 60,386
Prairies, urban centres2 50,188 49,110
British Columbia, urban centres2 20,977 29,346
Canada June 2012 June 2013
Actual, all areas 20,326 18,215
Actual, rural areas 2,183 2,255
Actual, urban centres2
June — Single-detached 6,922 6,328
June — Multiples 11,221 9,632
June — Total 18,143 15,960
January to June — Single-detached 31,153 29,031
January to June — Multiples 62,050 48,472
January to June — Total 93,203 77,503

Source: CMHC
1 The trend is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR).
2 Urban centres with a population of 10,000 and over.
Detailed data available upon request.

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JUNE 2013 HOUSING STARTS IN TORONTO

Toronto, July 9, 2013 – Housing starts in the Toronto, Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending
at 31,829 units in June compared to 34,330 in May 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.
“Although down this month, condominium apartment starts continue to be supported by the backlog of
units sold but not yet started. Starts of low-rise housing, which includes single-detached, semidetached and row houses, remained a relatively stable part of residential construction activity,” said
Ed Heese, CMHC’s Senior Market Analyst.
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, analysing 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 35,062 units in June, down from 40,717 in May.
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 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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JUNE 2013 HOUSING STARTS IN TORONTO

Toronto, July 9, 2013 – Housing starts in the Toronto, Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) were trending
at 31,829 units in June compared to 34,330 in May 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.
“Although down this month, condominium apartment starts continue to be supported by the backlog of
units sold but not yet started. Starts of low-rise housing, which includes single-detached, semidetached and row houses, remained a relatively stable part of residential construction activity,” said
Ed Heese, CMHC’s Senior Market Analyst.
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, analysing 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 35,062 units in June, down from 40,717 in May.
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 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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