Consumer Price Index: 2020 in Review

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Release date: January 20, 2021
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Consumer Price Index: 2020 in Review

Canada

The pandemic caused slower price growth in 2020 compared with 2019, mostly attributable to a decline in consumer spending.


Table 1
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 1. The information is grouped by Aggregate (appearing as row headers), Annual average price change (appearing as column headers).
Aggregate Annual average price change
All-items +0.7%
All-items excluding gasoline +1.3%

Goods and services in the pandemic

Consumer spending patterns changed amid the COVID-19 pandemic as Canadians adapted to staying home, travelling less and buying more of certain items and fewer of others.


Table 2
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 2. The information is grouped by Goods and services (appearing as row headers), Annual average price change (appearing as column headers).
Goods and services Annual average price change
Air transportation -0.8%
Personal care services +4.2%
Meat +4.5%
Sporting and exercise equipment +1.9%
Gasoline -14.0%
Food from restaurants +2.2%
Traveller accommodation -17.6%
Household equipment +1.8%
Clothing and footwear -1.8%

Consumer inflation by region

Annual average consumer inflation rose at a slower pace in every province in 2020. Prices rose at the slowest pace in Atlantic Canada.


Table 3
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 3. The information is grouped by Region (appearing as row headers), Annual average price change (appearing as column headers).
Region Annual average price change
Newfoundland and Labrador +0.2%
Prince Edward Island 0.0%
Nova Scotia +0.3%
New Brunswick +0.2%
Quebec +0.8%
Ontario +0.7%
Manitoba +0.5%
Saskatchewan +0.6%
Alberta +1.1%
British Columbia +0.8%
Whitehorse, Yukon +1.0%
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories +0.1%
Iqaluit, Nunavut 0.0%

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 18-10-0005-01 Consumer Price Index, annual average, not seasonally adjusted.

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