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Housing starts through the roof

Housing starts in Alberta in May were at their highest level since 2015

By Siddhartha Bhattacharya, ATB Economics 20 June 2022 less than a minute

Construction of new homes continued to be bullish as Alberta’s housing starts (seasonally adjusted at an annual rate or SAAR) climbed 15.2% to reach 46,456 units in May, the highest level since March 2015.

While single family homes ticked up after a short-lived decline in April, the gains were mainly a result of a big jump in multi-family starts in the month.

Averaging 35,100 units, housing starts in the province were up by 4,100 units (+13.3%) year-to-date. In terms of the number of units being built, Alberta posted the largest year-to-date increase of any province.

Meanwhile, national housing starts grew for the second consecutive month, up 8.1% in May with five provinces contributing positively to the monthly gain.

Although new home construction remains on solid footing, we expect rising interest rates to weigh on activity later this year.

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Alberta’s housing starts climbed 15.2% to reach 46,456 units in May 2022

Alberta’s housing starts climbed 15.2% to reach 46,456 units in May 2022

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