July Housing Starts in Halifax



    HALIFAX, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - Residential construction activity in Halifax
decreased in the month of July compared to the same period last year.
According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC's) preliminary
data(1) released today for Halifax, there were 177 total housing starts last
month, compared with 284 in July 2008.
    At 107 units, single-detached starts declined by 20 per cent compared to
July of last year. Multiple starts declined also with only 70 units starting
in July 2009 compared to 150 a year ago.
    "While declines in single-detached starts have become less pronounced
over the past few months, multiple starts and, in particular, apartment starts
remain significantly lower compared to last year," said Matthew Gilmore,
senior market analyst with CMHC's Atlantic Business Centre. "An increase of 20
per cent in semi-detached starts has helped prop up the overall multiple
starts figures," added Gilmore.
    In urban centres across Canada, total housing starts in July were down 32
per cent to 10,570 units compared to last year's monthly total of 15,456.
Single-detached starts were down 28 per cent to 5,465 units, while multiple
starts were down 35 per cent in July to 5,105 units compared to 7,603 units
during the same period last year. In the Atlantic region, 858 new units were
started in July compared to 1,144 units in July of last year.

    As Canada's national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 60 years of
experience to help Canadians access a variety of quality, environmentally
sustainable, and affordable homes - homes that will continue to create vibrant
and healthy communities and cities across the country.

    
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    (1) Figures for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to
        revisions due to corrections or updates from quarterly enumeration or
        sampling results.

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                   PRELIMINARY URBAN MONTHLY HOUSING STARTS
                             NOVA SCOTIA SUMMARY
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                      2009      2008                 YEAR-TO-DATE
                     ---------------- % Change     ---------------- % Change
                       JUL       JUL                2009      2008
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           ALL URBAN CENTRES WITH POPULATIONS GREATER THAN 50,000
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    HALIFAX CMA
    Single             107       134     -20.1%      455       697     -34.7%
    Multiple            70       150     -53.3%      341       622     -45.2%
    TOTAL              177       284     -37.7%      796     1,319     -39.7%
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    CAPE BRETON RGM
    Single              17        18      -5.6%       65        89     -27.0%
    Multiple            14         8      75.0%       48        37      29.7%
    TOTAL               31        26      19.2%      113       126     -10.3%
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            ALL URBAN CENTRES WITH POPULATION GREATER THAN 10,000
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    ALL CENTRES(*)
    Single             156       271     -42.4%      773     1,170     -33.9%
    Multiple            88       192     -54.2%      447       816     -45.2%
    TOTAL              244       463     -47.3%    1,220     1,986     -38.6%
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    Figures for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to
    revisions due to corrections or updates from quarterly enumeration or
    sampling results.

    (*)  Includes all centres with a total population of more than 10,000
         (Halifax CMA, Cape Breton RGM, Truro CA, Kentville CA and New
         Glasgow CA, Chester MD CA, East Hants MD CA, Kings Subd. A SC CA,
         Lunenburg MD CA, Queens RGM CA, West Hants MD CA, Yarmouth MD CA).

    (XX) Indicates changes in excess of 100% which are not reported due to
         volatility resulting from small absolute numbers.
    




For further information:

For further information: on this release: Matthew Gilmore, Senior Market
Analyst - Nova Scotia, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, (902)
426-4686, mgilmore@cmhc-schl.gc.ca; visit www.cmhc.ca or call 1-800-668-2642


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