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Metropolitan housing starts: May 13, 2020

Most expectations remain negative



Jane McIntyre    By Jane McIntyre
   Senior Economist
  • There are six CMAs with positive expectations for both the short and long terms. That is one more than last month.
  • Short- and long-term expectations remain positive in Calgary and Edmonton in spite of low oil prices and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Nearly 60 per cent of the CMAs in this report have negative long-term expectations. The percentage is the same for negative short-term expectations.
  • The CMAs with the biggest year-over-year percentage increases in housing starts in April were Oshawa, Saint John, Regina, Saskatoon, and Toronto.
  • Kitchener–Waterloo had the biggest year-over-year percentage decrease in housing starts last month.

Expectations quadrant


 Long Term header
 
Short Term header
  • Sudbury
  • Thunder Bay
  • Oshawa
  • Regina
  • Calgary
  • Edmonton



 
  • Québec City
  • Sherbrooke
  • Ottawa–Gatineau
  • Windsor
  • Victoria
 

  
  • St. John's
  • Toronto
  • Hamilton
  • Winnipeg
  • Saskatoon
 
  • Halifax
  • Saint John
  • Moncton
  • Montréal
  • Trois-Rivières
  • Saguenay
  • Kingston
  • St. Catharines—Niagara
  • Kitchener–Waterloo
  • London
  • Vancouver
  • Abbotsford–Mission

Note: Positioning in the quadrant indicates short- and long-term expectations for each CMA’s housing market. The best position would be in the Up-Up quadrant, which shows positive prospects for both short- and long-term growth. The worst position would be in the Down-Down quadrant.
Sources: The Conference Board of Canada; CMHC, Housing Market Information Portal.


Metropolitan housing starts

 

Expectations

Year ago

6–Mon. MA

3–Mon. MA

Apr 2020

Short term*

Long term**

St. John’s 189 377 250 197 +
Halifax 2,301 2,777 2,897 1,533
Saint John 97 409 602 255
Moncton 1,156 995 861 1,354
Québec CMA 4,112 n.a.*** n.a.*** n.a.*** +
Montréal 29,355 n.a.*** n.a.*** n.a.***
Trois-Rivières 676 n.a.*** n.a.*** n.a.***
Saguenay 274 n.a.*** n.a.*** n.a.***
Sherbrooke 1,448 n.a.*** n.a.*** n.a.*** +
Ottawa–Gatineau 11,261 11,685 12,117 10,498 +
Kingston 572 485 510 537
Greater Sudbury 183 144 179 226 + +
Thunder Bay 103 677 1,257 9 + +
Oshawa 464 1,857 1,717 1,248 + +
Toronto 38,083 32,370 39,110 60,947 +
Hamilton 5,594 2,724 3,116 873 +
St. Catharines–Niagara 3,724 2,325 1,876 1,432
Kitchener–Waterloo 13,958 4,491 3,336 1,063
London 5,303 3,524 3,611 3,542
Windsor 743 1,189 1,474 775 +
Winnipeg 5,135 4,712 4,804 5,690 +
Regina 459 681 717 1,061 + +
Saskatoon 672 1,400 1,153 1,209 +
Calgary 11,351 12,240 9,317 6,775 + +
Edmonton 10,485 11,346 12,845 14,372 + +
Vancouver 34,203 20,926 18,986 15,202
Victoria 5,347 3,470 4,227 5,565 +
Abbotsford–Mission 994 1,835 1,295 464

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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