Expectations
Year ago 6 mon. MA 3 mon. MA Oct. 2020 Short-term* Long-term**
St. John’s 570 394 466 457 + +
Halifax 1,329 3,234 2,876 1,288
Saint John 496 513 452 208 +
Moncton 478 1,884 1,119 974 +
Québec CMA 6,029 9,567 9,261 9,280 +
Montréal 31,435 32,080 28,158 24,802 +
Trois–Rivières 1,394 898 603 950 +
Saguenay 1,320 529 397 649 +
Sherbrooke 1,459 2,874 3,324 5,650 +
Ottawa–Gatineau 13,540 13,611 16,085 10,335
Kingston 730 1,508 1,505 964 + +
Greater Sudbury 182 246 337 532 + +
Thunder Bay 800 199 111 191 + +
Oshawa 860 3,567 5,404 3,833 + +
Toronto 32,102 41,583 43,789 36,214 + +
Hamilton 8,580 3,872 4,116 6,157 + +
St. Catharines–Niagara 2,991 2,753 2,617 3,677 + +
Kitchener–Waterloo 5,758 4,068 4,400 2,903 +
London 3,067 2,988 3,480 3,586 +
Windsor 964 1,664 2,127 2,112 +
Winnipeg 5,097 4,675 4,436 6,946 + +
Regina 624 616 656 478 +
Saskatoon 1,340 2,275 1,227 1,464 + +
Calgary 9,881 9,074 10,779 11,837 +
Edmonton 9,933 10,421 12,350 17,411 +
Vancouver 15,465 23,175 22,067 15,015
Victoria 3,879 3,009 2,823 3,427
Abbotsford–Mission 2,336 920 1,314 1,427 +



Starts seasonally adjusted, annual rate.
*Short-term expectations are based on residential permits data
**Long-term expectations are based on demographic requirements
***CMHC did not collect data for Quebec in April, as the province's residential construction industry was shut from March 25 to April 19 due to COVID-19
Sources: The Conference Board of Canada; CMHC Housing Market Information Portal.


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About the Metropolitan housing starts

The monthly Metropolitan housing starts publication provides the recent trends in housing starts for 29 metropolitan areas and expectations for starts over both the short and long term.

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