Condos drive January housing starts

OTTAWA — Canada’s rate of housing starts was up in January to 187,276 units seasonally adjusted, from 179,637 units in December. Urban starts increased to 172,322, from 161,940. The increase was led by multiple urban starts, which increased to 115,008 units in January from 102,384, while single-detached urban starts actually decreased—to 57,314 units from 59,556.