Annual pace of housing starts accelerates in October

CMHC recorded a slight uptick over the prior month

Annual pace of housing starts accelerates in October

The annual pace of housing starts increased slightly in October compared with the previous month, jumping by 1% to a seasonally adjusted yearly rate of 274,681 units.

That marked a small rise compared with September’s total of 270,669, with the increase driven mainly by higher urban, multi-unit urban, and single-detached urban starts.

The pace of urban housing starts was up by 2% to 257,357 units, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) said on Thursday, while multi-unit urban starts ticked upwards by 1% to 209,887 and single-detached urban starts saw a 9% jump to 47,470.

Rural starts, meanwhile, came in at an estimated annual pace of 17,324 in October, the national housing agency said.

Vancouver posted a big increase in its annual starts pace, which rose by 35% thanks to a sizeable uptick in multi-unit starts. That faster clip was counteracted by notable declines in Montreal and Toronto: the annual pace of starts in the former plunged by 43% last month, while Toronto recorded a 24% drop.

The six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rate of starts in October was 256,280, CMHC said, up by 1% compared with September’s total of 253,957.