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Note on CANSIM
Most of the data published in The Consumer Price Index (Catalogue 62-001-XPB) is also available in machine readable form through CANSIM (Canadian Socio-Economic Information Management System). In general, CANSIM provides a longer historical series. For further information on CANSIM call (613) 951-8200 or write to Electronic Data Marketing Division, Statistics Canada, R.H. Coats Building, Ottawa, K1A 0T6.
Data that appears in this publication are also available electronically in our CANSIM database through the Internet tables 326-0001, 326-0004, 326-0009, 326-0010 and 326-0012 at a cost of $3.00 per series.
Additional Information and Related Publications
Detailed information on the methodology and concepts of the CPI is contained in The Consumer Price Index Reference Paper, Updating Based on 1992 Expenditures, (Occasional), Catalogue no. 62-553. Information regarding the Survey of Household Spending is contained in two volumes: Family Food Expenditure in Canada, 2001, Catalogue no. 62-554, and Spending Patterns in Canada, 2001, Catalogue no. 62-202.
A brief non-technical document entitled "Your Guide to the Consumer Price Index" (Occasional) Catalogue no. 62-557-XPB is available on request from the information unit (613-951-9606) or on the Statistics Canada Internet Site . It answers the frequently asked questions about the construction and use of the CPI. For further information, contact the Consumer Prices Section, Prices Division, Statistics Canada, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0T6.
Several changes will be made to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) starting with the January 2003 data to be released on February 27, 2003
Indexes for the following women's clothing categories will no longer be published:
The only index that will be published is the Women's Clothing aggregate.
Indexes for the following men's clothing categories will no longer be published:
The only index that will be published is the Men's Clothing aggregate.
Indexes for the following children's clothing categories will no longer be published:
The only index that will be published is the Children's Clothing aggregate.
The time base will remain unchanged at 1992=100.
Data based on the new basket will be loaded onto the existing CANSIM tables and vectors. The only changes involve the termination of the clothing series mentioned above and the addition of vectors for Iqaluit, Internet Service Provision and Financial Services. The new vector numbers will be announced once they have been determined in January 2003.
As well, due to changes in the Ontario electricity market that became effective on December 1st 2002, it will be necessary to adjust the treatment of electricity prices in the CPI for that province. A question and answer fact sheet that explains those changes is now available.
For more information on the basket update, to obtain the fact sheet on the treatment of electricity prices in Ontario please contact: Client Services Unit, Prices Division, Statistics Canada, Ottawa, Ontario K1A0T6 (telephone (613) 951-9606 or toll free: 1 (866) 230-2248) (fax: (613) 951-1539) (Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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