Housing starts in BC urban centers moderated from a high mark in August, falling 19 per cent to 27,570 units SAAR in September. On a year-over-year basis, housing starts were down 7 per cent compared to September 2013. Single-detached starts, were up 14 per cent while multiple units were down 14 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 fell 5 per cent in September as an 11 per cent decline in multiple starts offset a 16 per cent rise in singles.
Year-to-date, Vancouver housing starts are up 5 per cent. In the Victoria CMA, new home construction fell 32 per cent year-over-year due to low levels of construction in the multiples sector.
Year-to-date, housing starts in Victoria are down 19 per cent. New home construction in the Kelowna CMA continued its robust pace in September, rising 46 per cent year-over-year. Year-to-date, housing starts in the Kelowna CMA are up 45 per cent .
Housing starts in the Abbotsford-Mission CMA tumbled 62 per cent on a year-over-year basis due to the relative absence of new multiple unit developments in September.