Starts remain in 200K range
July 17, 2020
The trend in housing starts was 199,655 units in June 2020, up from 197,063 units in May 2020, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
"The national trend in housing starts increased in June," said Bob Dugan, CMHC's chief economist.
Dugan added, "This reflects higher multi-family starts in Toronto and Montreal following declines in these centres in recent months from COVID-19 measures. Housing starts continued to decline in most other centres in June, including Vancouver. We expect national starts to trend lower in the near term as a result of the negative impact of COVID-19 on economic and housing indicators."
This trend measure is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts.
The standalone monthly SAAR of housing starts for all areas in Canada was 211,681 units in June—an increase of 8.3 per cent from 195,453 units in May.
The SAAR of urban starts increased by 8.7 per cent in June to 196,675 units. Multiple urban starts increased by 13 per cent to 154,602 units in June while single-detached urban starts decreased by 4.5 per cent to 42,073 units.
Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 15,006 units.