Residential construction update - absorbed units

Purpose:

Nobody likes reading through spreadsheets with dozens of tabs and hundreds of rows (except maybe us). CMHC publishes regular updates on new residential construction, which can help us understand the state of the housing market. To help make this data more accessible, we have organized the data and created various visualizations that will allow you to dive into the data however you would like. We will do our best to update this page shortly after CMHC publishes any updates.

Some notes before getting started:

  • An absorbed unit is a housing unit that has been sold and completed.

  • The data used in these visualizations are provided by CMHC and can be found at this linkThis data is not perfect and if you see trends that look unusual, consider looking in more detail at the subdivisions and dwelling types that are included in the metrics you are looking at. Please see below for notes and clarifications regarding this data, as provided by CMHC.

Notes provided by CMHC:

  • CMAs and CAs based on 2016 Census definitions.

  • Price Range data is suppressed for any geography with less than 10 units. The data for Census Subdivisions within a CMA or CA might not add up to the total. Similarly, CMA or CA Area data might not add up to Provincial or Canada Totals.

  • Single and Semi Unpriced units are those units that are owner built. Row and Apartment prices are not always available. These units would be counted in the Unpriced column.

New residential construction - absorbed units, by price range and dwelling type

New residential construction - absorbed units, percentage falling within each price range

New residential construction - absorbed units, price range cumulative

New residential construction- absorbed units, detailed breakdown

New residential construction- absorbed units, by dwelling type over time

New residential construction- absorbed units, by location over time

Notes for this analysis (provided by CMHC):

  • CMA and CA data based on 2016 Census definitions.

  • Price Range data is suppressed for any geography with less than 10 units. The data for Census Subdivisions within a CMA or CA might not add up to the total. Similarly, CMA or CA Area data might not add up to Provincial or Canada Totals.

  • Single and Semi Unpriced units are those units that are owner built. Row and Apartment prices are not always available. These units would be counted in the Unpriced column.

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