Canadian housing starts closed the year down close to 20 per cent, falling from 212,028 units at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) in November to 172,965 units SAAR in December
Housing starts in BC rebounded in December, rising 26 per cent to 33,346 units SAAR. On a year-over-year basis, housing starts were up 15 per cent, led by a 22 per cent increase in multiple unit starts which offset a 3 per cent decline in single detached starts.
For the year 2015, total housing starts in BC increased 12 per cent compared to 2014.
Looking at census metropolitan areas (CMA) in BC, total starts in the Vancouver CMA were up 20 per cent year-over-year in December due to a 27 per cent jump in multiple starts. For all of 2015, Vancouver CMA new home construction rose 9 per cent, finishing the year at 20,863 total starts
BCREA January 2016