BCREA: September Housing Starts

October 20, 2023

BRITISH COLUMBIA – Canadian housing starts rose 8 per cent to 270,466 units in September at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR). Starts were down 9 per cent from the same month last year. Single-detached housing starts rose 2 per cent from last month to 56,880 units, while multi-family and others rose 10 per cent to 213,585 units (SAAR).

In British Columbia, starts fell 18 per cent from last month to 40,493 units SAAR in all areas of the province. In areas in the province with 10,000 or more residents, single-detached starts fell 10 per cent m/m to 5,621 units while multi-family starts fell 21 per cent to 31,409 units. Starts in the province were 25 per cent below the levels from September 2022. Starts declined by 5.3k in Vancouver and by 5.4k in Victoria while rising by 780 units in Kelowna from last month. In Abbotsford, starts were unchanged. The 6-month moving average trend in BC fell by 3.5 per cent to 51,108 SAAR.


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