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Preliminary Total Housing Starts in Alberta's Major Urban Centres


This Alberta Official Statistic describes preliminary monthly housing starts for Alberta's seven major urban centres (Calgary CMA, Edmonton CMA, Lethbridge CMA, Red Deer CMA, Medicine Hat CA, Wood Buffalo CA and Grande Prairie CA).


September 20, 2023

AOS Alberta Official Statistics Housing Starts

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Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) produces a comprehensive database containing more than 14,000 housing series.

Starts & Completions Survey The Starts and Completions Survey is conducted by way of site visits which are used to confirm that new units have reached set stages in the construction process. Since most municipalities in the country issue building permits, these are used as an indication of where construction is likely to take place. In areas where there are no permits, reliance has to be placed either on local sources or searching procedures.

The Starts and Completions Survey is carried out monthly in urban areas with population in excess of 50,000, as defined by the 2006 Census. In urban areas with populations of 10,000 to 49,999, all Starts are enumerated in the last month of the quarter (i.e., four times a year, in March, June, September and December). In these centres with quarterly enumeration, Completion activity is modeled based on historical patterns. Monthly Starts and Completions activity in these quarterly locations are statistically estimated at a provincial level for single and multi-categories. Centres with populations below 10,000 are enumerated on a sample basis, also in the last month of each quarter (i.e., four times a year, in March, June, September and December).

The Starts and Completions Survey enumerates dwelling units in new structures only, designed for non-transient and year-round occupancy.

Market Absorption Survey Methodology The Market Absorption Survey is carried out in conjunction with the Starts and Completions Survey in urban areas with populations in excess of 50,000. When a structure is recorded as completed, an update is also made as units are sold or rented. The dwellings are then enumerated each month until such time as full absorption occurs.


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(780) 427-2071