The trend in housing starts was 254,727 units in May, down from 257,833 units in April, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). This trend measure is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts.

“On a trend and monthly SAAR basis, the level of housing starts activity in Canada is historically high, staying well above 200,000 units since 2020 and despite the lower trend, the monthly SAAR was higher from April to May,” said Bob Dugan, CMHC’s Chief Economist. “The increase in monthly SAAR housing starts in Canada’s urban areas was driven by higher multi-unit starts in May. Among Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, Vancouver was the only market to post a decrease in total SAAR starts, which was driven by lower multi-unit and single-detached starts.”

CMHC uses the trend measure as a complement to the monthly SAAR of housing starts to account for considerable swings in monthly estimates and obtain a clearer picture of upcoming new housing supply. In some situations, analyzing only SAAR data can be misleading, as the multi-unit segment largely drives the market and can vary significantly from one month to the next.

The standalone monthly SAAR of total housing starts for all areas in Canada in May was 287,257 units, an increase of 8% from April. The SAAR of total urban starts increased by 8% to 264,162 units in May. Multi-unit urban starts increased by 13% to 201,193 units, while single-detached urban starts decreased by 4% to 62,969 units.

Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 23,095 units.

Monthly Housing Starts and Other Construction Data are accessible in English and French on our website and the CMHC Housing Market Information Portal. Housing starts data is available on the eleventh business day each month. We will release the June data on July 18 at 8:15 AM ET.

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May Housing Starts in Canada — All areas



Table 1: Housing Start Data in Centres 10,000 Population and Over
Single-Detached All Others Total
May 2021 May 2022 % May 2021 May 2022 % May 2021 May 2022 %
Provinces (10,000+)
N.-L. 53 80 51 16 15 -6 69 95 38
P.E.I. 60 39 -35 46 39 -15 106 78 -26
N.S. 95 158 66 593 775 31 688 933 36
N.B. 118 149 26 448 571 27 566 720 27
Atlantic 326 426 31 1,103 1,400 27 1,429 1,826 28
Qc 970 660 -32 4,105 4,865 19 5,075 5,525 9
Ont. 2,484 2,109 -15 5,575 5,457 -2 8,059 7,566 -6
Man. 241 222 -8 329 277 -16 570 499 -12
Sask. 175 157 -10 280 232 -17 455 389 -15
Alta. 1,169 1,354 16 1,746 2,510 44 2,915 3,864 33
Prairies 1,585 1,733 9 2,355 3,019 28 3,940 4,752 21
B.C. 693 708 2 2,902 2,473 -15 3,595 3,181 -12
Canada (10,000+) 6,058 5,636 -7 16,040 17,214 7 22,098 22,850 3
Metropolitan Areas
Abbotsford-Mission 30 43 43 27 47 74 57 90 58
Barrie 66 85 29 158 38 -76 224 123 -45
Belleville 52 59 13 15 12 -20 67 71 6
Brantford 45 101 124 57 261 358 102 362 255
Calgary 460 525 14 1,121 1,244 11 1,581 1,769 12
Edmonton 508 640 26 552 1,131 105 1,060 1,771 67
Greater Sudbury 21 14 -33 18 16 -11 39 30 -23
Guelph 12 12 9 6 -33 21 18 -14
Halifax 13 97 ## 554 717 29 567 814 44
Hamilton 29 81 179 307 79 -74 336 160 -52
Kelowna 54 68 26 41 111 171 95 179 88
Kingston 39 42 8 15 153 ## 54 195 261
Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo 110 102 -7 424 109 -74 534 211 -60
Lethbridge 29 24 -17 15 20 33 44 44
London 234 145 -38 325 375 15 559 520 -7
Moncton 43 51 19 263 298 13 306 349 14
Montréal 308 214 -31 2,129 2,730 28 2,437 2,944 21
Oshawa 188 49 -74 656 321 -51 844 370 -56
Ottawa-Gatineau 408 358 -12 1,310 957 -27 1,718 1,315 -23
 Gatineau 47 40 -15 418 507 21 465 547 18
 Ottawa 361 318 -12 892 450 -50 1,253 768 -39
Peterborough 31 20 -35 0 0 31 20 -35
Québec 138 74 -46 864 610 -29 1,002 684 -32
Regina 39 33 -15 14 79 464 53 112 111
Saguenay 42 42 30 22 -27 72 64 -11
St. Catharines-Niagara 90 122 36 172 141 -18 262 263 0
Saint John 25 42 68 7 115 ## 32 157 391
St. John’s 47 75 60 14 14 61 89 46
Saskatoon 128 112 -13 259 146 -44 387 258 -33
Sherbrooke 49 36 -27 147 214 46 196 250 28
Thunder Bay 14 8 -43 7 0 -100 21 8 -62
Toronto 599 432 -28 2,057 2,879 40 2,656 3,311 25
Trois-Rivières 34 36 6 54 72 33 88 108 23
Vancouver 258 275 7 2,300 1,769 -23 2,558 2,044 -20
Victoria 62 55 -11 131 275 110 193 330 71
Windsor 69 45 -35 167 94 -44 236 139 -41
Winnipeg 187 191 2 306 250 -18 493 441 -11
Total 4,461 4,308 -3 14,525 15,305 5 18,986 19,613 3

Data for 2021 and 2022 based on 2016 Census Definitions.
Source: CMHC Starts and Completion Survey, Market Absorption Survey
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Table 2: Housing Start Data — Seasonally Adjusted at Annual Rates (SAAR)
Single-Detached All Others Total
Apr. 2022 May 2022 % Apr. 2022 May 2022 % Apr. 2022 May 2022 %
Provinces (10,000+)
N.L. 1,432 882 -38 85 141 66 1,517 1,023 -33
P.E.I. 377 337 -11 732 468 -36 1,109 805 -27
N.S. 2,032 2,220 9 537 9,286 ## 2,569 11,506 348
N.B. 1,433 1,671 17 1,190 6,690 462 2,623 8,361 219
Qc 7,167 6,148 -14 50,262 54,334 8 57,429 60,482 5
Ont. 25,112 24,047 -4 52,282 64,701 24 77,394 88,748 15
Man. 1,770 2,564 45 4,632 3,324 -28 6,402 5,888 -8
Sask. 1,990 1,684 -15 4,416 2,784 -37 6,406 4,468 -30
Alta. 14,749 15,325 4 24,274 29,884 23 39,023 45,209 16
B.C. 9,382 8,091 -14 40,043 29,581 -26 49,425 37,672 -24
Canada (10,000+) 65,444 62,969 -4 178,453 201,193 13 243,897 264,162 8
Canada (All Areas) 81,438 78,879 -3 184,297 208,378 13 265,734 287,257 8
Metropolitan Areas
Abbotsford-Mission 666 425 -36 1,764 564 -68 2,430 989 -59
Barrie 2,855 842 -71 1,836 456 -75 4,691 1,298 -72
Belleville 342 435 27 48 144 200 390 579 48
Brantford 353 780 121 912 3,132 243 1,265 3,912 209
Calgary 6,283 5,873 -7 10,824 14,928 38 17,107 20,801 22
Edmonton 6,875 7,258 6 12,576 13,572 8 19,451 20,830 7
Greater Sudbury 194 221 14 72 192 167 266 413 55
Guelph 199 133 -33 0 72 ## 199 205 3
Halifax 1,174 1,104 -6 216 8,604 ## 1,390 9,708 ##
Hamilton 581 728 25 5,184 948 -82 5,765 1,676 -71
Kelowna 941 787 -16 2,340 1,332 -43 3,281 2,119 -35
Kingston 134 470 251 72 1,836 ## 206 2,306 ##
Kitchener – Cambridge – Waterloo 916 1,122 22 1,560 1,308 -16 2,476 2,430 -2
Lethbridge 332 355 7 312 240 -23 644 595 -8
London 1,228 1,436 17 1,188 4,500 279 2,416 5,936 146
Moncton 385 445 16 516 3,576 ## 901 4,021 346
Montréal 2,096 1,944 -7 32,102 32,632 2 34,198 34,576 1
Oshawa 1,256 424 -66 3,708 3,852 4 4,964 4,276 -14
Ottawa – Gatineau 4,704 3,470 -26 10,116 11,484 14 14,820 14,954 1
Gatineau 1,172 486 -59 1,956 6,084 211 3,128 6,570 110
Ottawa 3,532 2,984 -16 8,160 5,400 -34 11,692 8,384 -28
Peterborough 343 199 -42 0 0 343 199 -42
Québec 808 587 -27 10,800 7,320 -32 11,608 7,907 -32
Regina 433 472 9 768 948 23 1,201 1,420 18
Saguenay 394 351 -11 528 264 -50 922 615 -33
St. Catharines – Niagara 1,168 1,676 43 4,608 1,692 -63 5,776 3,368 -42
Saint John 374 421 13 480 1,380 188 854 1,801 111
St. John’s 1,233 965 -22 84 168 100 1,317 1,133 -14
Saskatoon 1,392 1,049 -25 3,564 1,752 -51 4,956 2,801 -43
Sherbrooke 416 439 6 1,620 2,568 59 2,036 3,007 48
Thunder Bay 5 132 ## 0 0 5 132 ##
Toronto 6,181 4,975 -20 18,252 34,548 89 24,433 39,523 62
Trois-Rivières 355 281 -21 2,784 864 -69 3,139 1,145 -64
Vancouver 3,510 3,303 -6 27,372 21,228 -22 30,882 24,531 -21
Victoria 830 669 -19 3,000 3,300 10 3,830 3,969 4
Windsor 748 464 -38 1,656 1,128 -32 2,404 1,592 -34
Winnipeg 1,326 2,202 66 4,308 3,000 -30 5,634 5,202 -8

Data for 2021 and 2022 based on 2016 Census Definitions.
Source: CMHC Starts and Completion Survey, Market Absorption Survey
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Date Published: June 15, 2022




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