Macroeconomic Outlook—The Canadian economy performed extremely well in 2017, with an expansion of 3.0 per cent. Growth was propelled by booming housing markets and buoyant consumer spending. Going forward, tight monetary policy will cool the housing market, putting downward pressure on new residential construction.
Inventories and Housing Starts—The backlog of unsold homes in Canada is falling, which is positive news for home builders. However, housing starts are expected to decline throughout the forecast as the market cools and homebuyers adjust to rising interest rates, slower employment growth, and increasingly stringent mortgage rules.
OSFI Guideline B-20—The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions’ (OSFI) new stress test will lower the maximum affordable price for many homebuyers and could potentially price some homebuyers out of the market.