TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 8, 2011) - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released March preliminary housing starts data for the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo Census Metropolitan Area(1) (CMA) today. Construction began on 165 homes, down from the 185 units started in the same month last year.

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Builders poured foundations for 94 single-detached homes in March, up slightly from the 90 units started in March 2010. Townhome starts declined by one unit to 35 units, while apartment construction weakened to 30 units from the 45 units started a year ago. Starts in Cambridge were higher for the third consecutive month. For the first quarter of 2011, housing starts declined to 475 units, from the 574 units started in the first quarter of 2010. All housing types contributed to the decline.

"Demand for single-detached construction has remained strong, but the volatility in townhouse and apartment construction led to lower overall starts in the first quarter. Starts are in line with the forecast," said Erica McLerie, Senior Market Analyst for the Kitchener CMA. "Improved employment, relatively low mortgage rates and some spillover from a tight resale market will support new home construction through 2011," added McLerie.

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(1)Statistics Canada defines a census metropolitan area (CMA) as one or more adjacent municipalities integrated with an urban core. A CMA must have a total population of at least 100,000 of which 50,000 or more must live in the urban core.

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