Kelowna home starts surge 61 per cent

Okanagan city the outlier as province-wide new home construction flatlined in June and fell in Vancouver, according to CMHC

Business in Vancouver
July 9, 2020

Kelowna July 2020 house starts
— More than 2,800 homes under construction in Kelowna.

A building surge in Kelowna was the outlier as housing starts in B.C. remained flat in June compared with a month earlier, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC).
Data released June 9 reveals a total of 36,069 housing starts in June, down slightly from the 36,098 units reported in June.
“Even before the pandemic, activity was more modest amid softer conditions,” BMO economist Priscilla Thiagamoorthy said in a note to investors, referring to provincial figures.
In Metro Vancouver, housing starts fell 5 per cent month to month, reaching 23,577 in June compared with 24,917 in May.
The drop was more pronounced in Victoria, with housing starts dropping 23 per cent from 3,060 units in May to 2,342 units in June.
The Kelowna region, however, recorded a 61 per cent surge in housing starts, growing from 1,788 units to 2,858 units between May and June.
The Abbotsford-Mission area saw 18 per cent growth last month, from 498 units in May to 590 units in June.
Nationally, housing starts were up 8 per cent month to month, from 195,453 units in May to 196,674 units in June.
"This reflects higher multi-family starts in Toronto and Montreal following declines in these centres in recent months from COVID-19 measures,” CMHC chief economist Bob Dugan said in a statement.
“Housing starts continued to decline in most other centres in June, including Vancouver. We expect national starts to trend lower in the near term as a result of the negative impact of COVID-19 on economic and housing indicators."

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