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* Prices up 1.6 pct on year
* Toronto-Oshawa prices up 0.7 pct on month, biggest gain
* Calgary prices rise 0.6 pct; Edmonton and Vancouver slide
OTTAWA, June 12 Canadian new housing prices in
April edged up by 0.2 percent as expected from March, matching
the previous monthly rises and chugging along at an annual 1.6
percent rate of increase, Statistics Canada said on Thursday.
Two hot markets saw stronger monthly jumps - 0.7 percent in
the Toronto/Oshawa region and 0.6 percent in Calgary - while
Edmonton and Vancouver marked declines. It marked the largest
gain for Toronto/Oshawa since November 2011.
Canadian authorities had been concerned about a possible
housing bubble but have of late been predicting a soft landing
for the sector.
The new housing price index excludes condominiums, which the
government has said are of greater concern than single-family
(Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by Nick Zieminski)