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Housing Data & Statistics: Cheat Sheet

March 14, 2017

CMHC Housing Market Information Portal 

Shows an at-a-glance aggregate housing data. Categories include: Housing project started/ completed, Absorbed single-detached unit prices, SAAR & trend, Primary Rental Market housing units, Seniors Rental Housing, Population and Households, Housing Stock, Core Housing Need.

BC Assessment, Property Information & Trends

Province-wide property assessment information, as well as regional assessment information. See also for Quarterly Market Trends reports.

BC Building Permits, Housing Starts, and Sales


BC Real Estate Association

Year-to-date information on the pace of MLS® home sales for the province as well as in each of the BCREA member board regions and a comparison of current year sales with the previous year.  Housing starts and forecasts with year over year comparison.

Canadian Homebuilders Association

General information and statistics on economic impacts, jobs, and home ownership across Canada, organized regionally and by municipality.


  • Housing Now Tables (Vancouver and Abbotsford CMAs), (Feb 2017):
    • Provides a summary of housing statistics, including starts, completions, dwellings under construction, absorptions, real estate sales and home prices
  • Rental Market Report (Vancouver CMA), 2016

Construction Forecast

Construction forecast from 2017 to 2021, for residential, industrial, and commercial sectors.

Exceeds: Market Intel Updates

Lower Mainland developers’ market intelligence, complied monthly by Exceeds.

Getting to Groundbreaking (G2G) Reports: 
This original research by SFU students and others explores and benchmarks the delays and processes in municipal building approvals in residential multi-family developments across  the Metro Vancouver region and Abbotsford over various years and housing forms. Partners included: The Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association, municipalities, developers and Metro Vancouver. In the link, scroll down to housing approvals study.

Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA) 2017 Housing Approvals Study (HAS) Report 

GVHBA releases third annual Housing Approvals Study with support by Landcor Data Corporation 
This is the third report in a series examining the building approval process in an effort to reduce unnecessary time and costs for the delivery of an efficient supply of affordable housing across Metro Vancouver. HAS Best Practices (BPs) and a Composite Index are listed in an effort to foster transparent factual data-based information to encourage improvements in the housing approvals process across the region.

Data was sourced from Metro Vancouver Open Data.

2017 Municipal Housing Approval Processes and Best Practices Ranking

The Housing Approvals Study (HAS), undertaken by The Greater Vancouver HomeBuilders Assoc. (GVHBA) and LandCor Data, examines municipal building approval processes in an effort to reduce unnecessary time and costs for the delivery of an efficient supply of affordable housing across Metro Vancouver. HAS Best Practices (BPs) and a Composite Index are listed in an effort to foster transparent factual data-based information to encourage improvements in housing approval processes across the region. The third edition in this series, HAS 2017 specifically examines Infill Housing forms defined as narrow-lot single family, duplex, triplex, quadplex, and the secondary suite, including laneway and coach houses.

The Future of B.C. Housing, Resonance Consulting Study

A deep survey of B.C. owners, buyers, sellers, and renters, providing expert insight and recommendations on trends and buying habits of British Columbians.

The Housing Choice and Environmental Impacts Calculator

A new tool that communicates the trade-offs of different housing choices in the lower mainland of British Columbia, specifically Metro Vancouver.

The calculator provides a comparative analysis of all the major environmental impacts and benefits associated with housing choice, such as greenhouse gas emissions, water and electricity consumption and acres of land taken, for high density archetypes versus low density (single family or townhouse).

Job Creation per Housing Start

A 2014 study out of the US calculated the economic impact of residential construction on the U.S. economy.

Metro Vancouver

All are available as excel files at the Metro website (http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/regional-planning/data-statistics/Pages/default.aspx).

  • Residential building permits
  • Housing Starts, 2000-2015:
  • Housing Data Book (updated as data becomes available)
    • A key source of regional and municipal level data on the housing stock, trends, market conditions, tenure, income and needs
    • The Data Book outlines:
      • Household income
      • Housing market indicators
      • Housing needs
      • Continuum of housing choices – renters
      • Continuum of housing choices – ownership

Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy

Contains numbers of housing unit targets to be reached in future years, broken down by municipality. 

MLA Advisory Intel Report 2017 

Contains major economic and housing market trends, pre-sales data and amounts sold before construction.

MLS Home Price Index

A tool to measure home price trends; measures the rate of price change of housing features.

Property Transfer Tax Data

Property transfer tax data relating to market transactions within the province, including foreign buyers. The data is drawn from new forms implemented June 10, asking tax filers for additional information, like citizenship, they weren’t previously required to provide.

Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver

Detailed monthly statistical reports and summaries of transactions and trends throughout the region.


Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) home prices


Scotiabank – Economics Publications 


StatsCan: Population and Demography

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