Canadian housing starts rose 13 per cent to 243,959 units in February at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate (SAAR). Starts were down 2 per cent from February of 2022. Single-detached housing starts rose 2 per cent to 64,281 units, while multi-family and others rose 17 per cent to 179,677 (SAAR).
In British Columbia, starts fell by 25 per cent in February to 37,389 units SAAR in all areas of the province. In areas in the province with 10,000 or more residents, single-detached starts fell 9 per cent m/m to 5,308 units while multi-family starts fell 30 per cent to 28,367 units. Starts in the province were 8 per cent above the levels from February 2022. Starts were up by 1.1k in Kelowna and 1k in Abbotsford, while falling 2k in Victoria and 14k in Vancouver from last month. The 6-month moving average trend fell 3.8 per cent to 48.8k in BC in November.
Copyright British Columbia Real Estate Association. Reprinted with permission.
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