Canadian housing starts rose by 29.2k (10.8 per cent) to 299.6k units in September at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate (SAAR). Comparing year-over-year, starts were up from September of 2021 (19.3 per cent). Single-detached housing starts fell 1 per cent to 76.5k, while multi-family and others rose 16 per cent to 223.1k (SAAR).
In British Columbia, starts increased by 10.9 per cent in September, rising to 54.3k units SAAR in all areas of the province. In areas in the province with 10,000 or more residents, single-detached starts rose 18 per cent m/m to 8k units while multi-family starts rose 10 per cent to 42.1k units. Starts in the province were 50 per cent above the levels from September 2021. Starts were up by 8.8k in Vancouver and 1.3k in Abbotsford, but were down by 4.5k in Kelowna and 1.2k in Victoria. The 6-month moving average trend rose 7.7 per cent to 50.5k in BC in September.
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