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10.06.2019 20:56

Canada's housing starts trend easing toward the 200,000 mark - RBC

Josh Nye, a senior economist at the Royal Bank of Canada, notes that the Canadian housing starts were close to expectations, dropping to 202,000 annualized units in May from 233,000 in April.

  • “The six-month trend was also 202k, which is the slowest pace in more than two years.
  • May’s pullback was concentrated in multi-unit starts though the trend in that component remains solid.
  • A separate report saw building permits jump to their highest level since 2005, largely due to a surge in BC ahead of an increase in development costs in Vancouver.
  • We expect starts will continue to slow gradually as the year progresses, albeit remaining at fairly solid levels thanks to ongoing strength in the multi-unit segment.”

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