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The Gardiner Expressway and nearby condo buildings shown on Nov. 18, 2014.Brian B. Bettencourt/The Globe and Mail

The pace of housing construction starts increased in November, mostly because of multiple-unit projects in urban areas.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said British Columbia led the country in growth in housing starts, followed by Quebec, Ontario and Atlantic Canada.

There was a decline in urban starts in the Prairie region.

CMHC said the national rate of housing starts increased to 195,620 units last month on a seasonally adjusted basis from 183,659 in October.

The CMHC figures were in line with estimates from Thomson Reuters.