The number of housing starts (all dwelling types) in a given area.
For purposes of the Starts and Completions Survey, a Start is defined as the beginning of construction work on a building, usually when the concrete has been poured for the whole of the footing around the structure, or an equivalent stage where a basement will not be part of the structure.
Methods and Limitations:
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 populations in excess of 50,000 as defined by the latest Census.
In urban areas with populations of 10,000 to 49,999, all starts are enumerated in the last month of each quarter (i.e. four times a year, in March, June, September and December). In these centres, completion activity is modeled based on historical patterns.
Monthly Starts and Completion activity in 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. in March, June, September and December).
The Market Absorption Survey is carried out in conjunction with the Starts and Completions Survey, but is only conducted in urban areas with populations in excess of 50,000 and only for structures which are destined for the homeownership/condominium market. When a structure is recorded as completed, an update is also made as units are sold. The dwellings are then enumerated each month until such time as full absorption occurs. Sales prices are collected whenever possible. Builder-occupied units are marked as sold at completion and are no price is collected. Prices are only published when they would not result in the determination of individual responses provided.
The Starts and Completions Survey enumerates dwelling units in new structures only, designed for non-transient and year-round occupancy.
Dwelling Type Definitions:
A “Single-Detached” dwelling (also referred to as “Single”) is a building containing only one dwelling unit, which is completely separated on all sides from any other dwelling or structure. Includes link homes, where two units may share a common basement wall but are separated above grade. Also includes cluster-single developments.
A “Semi-Detached (Double)” dwelling (also referred to as “Semi”) is one of two dwellings located side-by-side in a building, adjoining no other structure and separated by a common or party wall extending from ground to roof.
A “Row (Townhouse)” dwelling is a one family dwelling unit in a row of three or more attached dwellings separated by a common or party wall extending from ground to roof.
The term “Apartment and other” includes all dwellings other than those described above, including structures commonly known as stacked townhouses, duplexes, triplexes, double duplexes and row duplexes.
Mobile homes are included in the surveys, where a mobile home is typically defined as a type of manufactured house that is completely assembled in a factory and then moved to a foundation before it is occupied.
Trailers or any other movable dwelling (the larger often referred to as a mobile home) with no permanent foundation are excluded from the survey.
Conversions and/or alterations within an existing structure are excluded from the surveys as are seasonal dwellings, such as: summer cottages, hunting and ski cabins, trailers and boat houses; and hostel accommodations, such as: hospitals, nursing homes, penal institutions, convents, monasteries, military and industrial camps, and collective types of accommodation such as: hotels, clubs, and lodging homes.
Housing Starts in the Sustainable Development Goals
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Cities are hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social development and much more. At their best, cities have enabled people to advance socially and economically.
However, many challenges exist to maintaining cities in a way that continues to create jobs and prosperity while not straining land and resources. Common urban challenges include congestion, lack of funds to provide basic services, a shortage of adequate housing and declining infrastructure.
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