Canadian Housing Starts - City and Provincial and the LONG TERM CHART vs population growth since 1956
Housing Starts JUL 31, 2019
Housing Starts JUL 31, 2019
ANNUAL COUNT of CANADIAN HOUSING STARTS
The trend in housing starts was 208,970 units in July 2019, compared to 205,765 units in June 2019, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). This trend measure is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts. “The national trend in housing starts increased in July, despite a decrease in the level of SAAR activity from June," said Bob Dugan, CMHC's chief economist. “High levels of activity in apartment and row starts in urban centres in recent months continued to be reflected in the high level of the total starts trend in July”. CMHC Housing Observer
NOTE: The chart below shows the actual annual totals count from 1956 through 2018.
The 2019 housing starts data points on the chart are derived from the "annualized" provincial data set in the charts above and are therefor a projection of what year end 2019 might look like.
Projected Year End 2019 Totals
Canada = 194,838 (-3% Y/Y)
ON = 68,768 (-4% Y/Y)
QC = 43,092 (+26% Y/Y)
BC = 42,463 (0% Y/Y)
AB = 23,506 (-23% Y/Y)
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