Vancouver's New Home Prices Continue to Quicken Growth: StatCan

New housing price index in Metro Vancouver sees country's third-steepest annual price rise, with BC's prices the second-fastest growing of all the provinces

February 11, 2016

New homes in Richmond

Metro Vancouver’s new housing price index increased again in December, further accelerating its pace of annual growth compared with the previous month, according to Statistics Canada data released February 11.

The price of a new home in the Vancouver Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) increased 2.6 per cent year over year in December 2015 – the third-highest annual rate of growth in the country, after Toronto–Oshawa and Hamilton CMAs, as has been the trend for the past few months.

Month over month, new home prices in Vancouver rose 0.2 per cent compared with November’s figures – a comparatively modest rise after seeing the country’s steepest monthly increases in Novemver. In December, the biggest contributor to Canada’s overall monthly new home price rise of 0.1 per cent was again Toronto–Oshawa.  

Across BC, new housing prices rose 2.3 per cent year over year – once more the country's second-biggest rise, after Ontario – and 0.2 per cent month over month.

Victoria CMA's new home prices continued to slide in December, yet again down 0.5 per cent compared with the same month last year and flat compared with the previous month. As has been the trend for many months, Victoria was one of just seven CMAs to record an annual new home price decrease in December, out of a total of 21 CMAs surveyed.

Increases in new home prices often do not reflect those seen in the resale market, as the price paid for a new home is only measured when the transaction is completed and registered with the Land Registry, rather than when the home is originally purchased off-plan. Because of long lead times on home construction, the new home prices registered today are those homes sold many months or even years ago – whereas MLS® resale home prices are much more up to date.

To see Statistics Canada's full report and interactive tables, click here.  

Joannah Connolly has been editor and content manager of since May 2014. Joannah has appeared on major local TV outlets as a real estate commentator, and has moderated and spoken on several industry panels. During this time, she also spent two years hosting the Real Estate Therapist radio show on Roundhouse Radio 98.3FM. A dual Canadian-British citizen, Joannah has 20 years of journalism experience in Vancouver and London, with a prior background in construction, architecture and business media.
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