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According to the results of the latest monthly survey conducted by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), residential construction increased this past month in Quebec’s centres with 10,000 or more inhabitants. In all, 4,223 dwellings were started in June 2010, compared to 2,990 a year earlier. The seasonally adjusted annual rate of starts for this same month (47,300) was also higher than the pace recorded in May (42,400). “The strong increase in housing starts registered in June was attributable to the fact that the level of activity in the same month last year was exceptionally low. As we consider that this effect will not recu r this year, and given the easing of the resale market, we still believe that the new home market will enter a slowdown phase,” said Kevin Hughes, Senior Economist at CMHC for Quebec.
The increase in starts noted in Quebec in June reflected the conditions observed in most census metropolitan areas (CMAs) across the province. That being said, more marked gains were registered in Saguenay (hike of over 100 per cent), Gatineau (+62 per cent) and Montréal (+44 per cent), while activity in the Sherbrooke CMA remained stable in relation to the same period last year.
Single-detached home building increased in all of Quebec’s CMAs, except Sherbrooke, with the strongest growth having been recorded in Saguenay. Overall, foundations were laid for 1 027 single-detached homes in centres with 100,000 or more inhabitants, for a gain of 5 per cent.
In the multiple-unit housing segment, residential construction was up significantly in all of Quebec’s CMAs. The Saguenay and Gatineau areas stood out with particularly large gains.
As for the larger census agglomerations (CAs), the survey results revealed that starts in these centres posted a notable year-over-year increase in June (from 183 units in 2009 to 287 in 2010). This was a month when multi-unit housing starts posted major hikes, in most agglomerations.

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