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Consumer Price Index
April 2003

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Note to users

The Consumer Price Index is published monthly and is not subject to revisions.

Index for the month of
Release Date
December 2002
January 22, 2003
January 2003
February 27, 2003
February 2003
March 21, 2003
March 2003
April 23, 2003
April 2003
May 22, 2003
May 2003
June 20, 2003
June 2003
July 22, 2003
July 2003
August 19, 2003
August 2003
September 23, 2003
September 2003
October 21, 2003
October 2003
November 19, 2003
November 2003
December 19, 2003
December 2003
January 22, 2004

Since May 2001, Statistics Canada is calculating, on behalf of the Bank of Canada, an index series for All-items excluding the eight most volatile components. Those eight components, as defined by the Bank, are: fruit, fruit preparations and nuts; vegetables and vegetable preparations; mortgage interest cost; natural gas; fuel oil and other fuel; gasoline; inter-city transportation; and tobacco products and smokers' supplies. The Bank of Canada further adjusts this series to obtain their measure of core inflation, which also excludes the effect of changes in indirect taxes. For data and information on core inflation, please consult the Bank of Canada Web site:

Statistics Canada is also now calculating, on behalf of the Bank of Canada, a seasonally adjusted index series for All-items excluding the eight most volatile components. This series is available through CANSIM, Statistics Canada's official database, or by contacting us through the means mentioned on the inside cover of this publication.

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For further reading

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 62-553.

Information regarding the Family Expenditure Surveys is contained in two volumes: Family Food Expenditure in Canada, 1992, Catalogue 62-554, and Family Expenditure in Canada, 1992, Catalogue 62-555.

A brief non-technical document entitled "Your Guide to the Consumer Price Index" (Occasional) Catalogue no. 62-557-XPB 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 (613-951-9606), or you can also search through the Statistics Canada catalogue which lists all current products and services available from Statistics Canada.

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Data available in many forms

Statistics Canada disseminates data in a variety of forms. In addition to Internet publications, data are available in paper publications and both standard and special tabulations are offered. They are also available on compact disc, diskette, computer printouts, microfiche and microfilm, and magnetic tape. Maps and other geographic reference materials are available for some types of data. Direct online access to aggregated information is possible through CANSIM, Statistics Canada's machine-readable database and retrieval system.

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