The New Housing Price Index increased, year-over-year, by 2.3% in August compared with 2.7% in July.
On a monthly basis, prices were unchanged between July and August, with the New Housing Price Index remaining at 158.6 (1997=100).
Regionally, prices rose at the fastest pace in St. John's with an annual price increase of 23.7%. Builders reported that material and labour costs, as well as higher land development costs, contributed to the increases in this city.
Regina, which registered no monthly price change in August, had the second highest annual increase for surveyed Canadian cities at 23.1%. However, this was down from its record increase of 34.0% in April of this year.
In Saskatoon, the year-over-year increase was 8.0%, again confirming a trend of deceleration in this city. On a month-over-month basis, new housing prices decreased by 3.1% as Saskatoon builders reported slowing market conditions and stiff competition from the resale housing market.
Edmonton recorded a 12-month drop of 5.7%, which was a 23-year low, and Calgary (-1.1%) registered the lowest annual price change since November 1991.
On the West Coast, the 12-month increase for Vancouver was 1.5%. In Victoria, contractors' selling prices dropped by 0.3% year-over-year.
In Toronto, contractors' selling prices were 3.4% higher than in August last year, and 4.1% higher in Ottawa–Gatineau.
In Québec, the 12-month growth rate accelerated to 6.1%, while in Montréal, prices increased 5.2%.
Available on CANSIM: table 327-0005.
Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2310.
The third quarter 2008 issue of Capital Expenditure Price Statistics (62-007-XWE, free) will be available in January 2009.
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|New housing price indexes|
|August 2008||August 2007 to August 2008||July to August 2008|
|Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton|
|Toronto and Oshawa|
|Greater Sudbury and Thunder Bay|