New home construction in Canada rose 6.6 per cent in November to 195,620 units at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR). The six-month trend in Canadian housing starts of 195,792 units SAAR was relatively unchanged and sits slightly in excess of Canadian household growth.
Housing starts in BC urban centers increased 26.7 per cent on a monthly basis to 29,565 units SAAR. On a year-over-year basis, housing starts were 10 per cent higher compared to November 2013. Single-detached starts were up 11 per cent while multiple units were up 10 per cent compared to this time last year. Year-to-date, total BC housing starts are 6 per cent higher than 2013.
Looking at census metropolitan areas (CMA) in BC, total starts in the Vancouver CMA bounced back from a large decline in October, rising 10 per cent year-over-year on broad strength in both single detached and multiple starts. Year-to-date, Vancouver housing starts are up 3 per cent. In the Victoria CMA, new home construction fell 15 per cent year-over-year due to weaker starts of both single detached and multiple units. Year-to-date, housing starts in Victoria are down 16 per cent. Total housing starts in the Kelowna CMA were up 45 per cent year-over-year in November due to a large increase in starts of multiple units. Year-to-date, housing starts in the Kelowna CMA are up 34 per cent . Housing starts in the Abbotsford-Mission CMA posted another steep decline in November, down 44 per cent year-over-year. Year-to-date, new home construction in the Abbotsford-Mission CMA is down 28 per cent.