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Canadian housing starts activity declined in January: CMHC

February 15, 2023  By Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

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The standalone monthly seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of total housing starts for all areas in Canada declined 13 per cent in January (215,365 units) compared to December (248,296 units) according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

The SAAR of total urban starts declined 16 per cent , with 191,491 units recorded in January. Multi-unit urban starts declined 20 per cent to 146,267 units, while single-detached urban starts increased 3 per cent to 45,224 units.

The rural starts SAAR estimate was 23,874 units.

The trend in housing starts was 259,412 units in January, down 4 per cent from 269,781 units in December. The trend measure is a six-month moving average of the monthly SAAR of total housing starts for all areas in Canada.


“Both the Monthly SAAR and the six-month trend of housing starts declined nationally in the first month of 2023, with SAAR of housing starts hitting its lowest level since September 2020. Among Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, Montreal was the only market with increases in total SAAR housing starts in January, up 36 per cent . Toronto declined 52 per cent while Vancouver declined 14 per cent , which contributed to the overall monthly decline in SAAR housing starts for Canada,” said Aled ab Iorwerth, CMHC’s deputy chief economist.

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