Housing starts in Canada fell 3.9% over a month earlier to 260,239 units in August of 2021, the third straight month of decreases, compared to market expectations of 268,000 units, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). It was the lowest reading since last December. Urban starts fell by 4.7% to 235,782 units, as multiple urban starts slumped by 5.7% to 173,120 units in August, while single-detached urban starts decreased by 2% to 62,662 units. Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 24,457 units. source: Canada Mortgage And Housing Corporation

Housing Starts in Canada averaged 188.40 Thousand units from 1977 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 333.28 Thousand units in March of 2021 and a record low of 90.70 Thousand units in August of 1982. This page provides the latest reported value for - Canada Housing Starts - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Canada Housing Starts - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on October of 2021.

Housing Starts in Canada is expected to be 250.00 Thousand units by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the Canada Housing Starts is projected to trend around 220.00 Thousand units in 2022 and 200.00 Thousand units in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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Canada Housing Starts


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-06-15 12:15 PM May 275.9K 267.4K 270K 269K
2021-07-16 12:15 PM Jun 282.1K 286.3K 270K 270K
2021-08-17 12:15 PM Jul 272.2K 281.2K 275K 270K
2021-09-16 12:15 PM Aug 260.2K 270.7K 268K 265K
2021-10-18 12:15 PM Sep 260.2K 255K 259K
2021-11-15 01:15 PM Oct
2021-12-15 01:15 PM Nov


News Stream
Canada Housing Starts Fall for 3rd Month
Housing starts in Canada fell 3.9% over a month earlier to 260,239 units in August of 2021, the third straight month of decreases, compared to market expectations of 268,000 units, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). It was the lowest reading since last December. Urban starts fell by 4.7% to 235,782 units, as multiple urban starts slumped by 5.7% to 173,120 units in August, while single-detached urban starts decreased by 2% to 62,662 units. Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 24,457 units.
2021-09-16
Canada Housing Starts Fall More than Forecast
Housing starts in Canada fell 3.2% over a month earlier to 272,176 units in July of 2021, the second straight month of decreases, compared to market expectations of 275,000 units, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). It was the lowest reading since last December. Urban starts fell by 0.7% to 251,190 units, as multiple urban starts decreased by 3.1% to 184,759 units in July, while single-detached urban starts increased by 7.1% to 64,242 units. Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 23,175 units.
2021-08-17
Canada Housing Starts Fall Less than Forecast
The monthly SAAR of housing starts for all areas in Canada fell 1.5 percent from a month earlier to 282,070 units in June 2021, still beating market expectations of 270,000 units, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). Urban starts decreased by 1.8 percent to 251,190 units, due to an 8.5 percent decline in single-detached urban starts. Meanwhile, multiple urban starts increased by a slight 0.6 percent. Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 30,880 units.
2021-07-16
Canada Housing Starts Rise More than Expected
Housing starts in Canada rose 3.2% over a month earlier to 275,916 units in May of 2021, above market expectations of 270,000 units, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The SAAR of urban starts went up by 1.8% to 254,647 units, as multiple urban starts jumped by 10.9% to 190,530 units while single-detached urban starts plunged 18% to 64,117 units. Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 21,269 units.
2021-06-15

Canada Last Unit Reference Previous Highest Lowest
Housing Starts 260.24 Thousand units Aug/21 270.74 333.28 90.70


Canada Housing Starts
In Canada, a housing start is defined as the beginning of construction work on the building where the dwelling unit will be located. This can be described in 2 ways: usually, the stage when the concrete has been poured for the whole of the footing around the structure; or an equivalent stage where a basement will not be part of the structure.