“The improvement in housing starts was broad based in December,” said Bob Dugan, Chief Economist at CMHC’s Market Analysis Centre. “Solid increases occurred in both single and multiple starts to end the year.”
The seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts increased by 6.6 per cent to 157,100 units in December. Urban multiple starts increased from 72,800 units in November to 77,700 units in December. Single urban starts increased by 6.4 per cent to 79,400 units in December.
December’s seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts increased by 17.8 per cent in Quebec, by 15 per cent in Atlantic Canada, by 8.7 per cent in British Columbia and by 2.9 per cent in Ontario. The rate of urban starts decreased by 3.8 per cent in the Prairies.
Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 17,400 units in December.