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Note on CANSIM

Data that appears in the The Consumer Price Index (catalogue no. 62-001-X) are also available electronically, free of charge under the Statistics Canada Open Licence Agreement, in our CANSIM (Canadian Socio-Economic Information Management System) database through the Internet, under tables 326-0009, 326-0012, 326-0015, 326-0020, 326-0021, 326-0022, 326-0023, 326-8023 and 326-0031. In general, CANSIM provides a longer historical series. For further information on CANSIM call 1-800-263-1136.

This publication was prepared under the direction of:

Fred Barzyk
Director, Consumer Prices Division
Dragos Ifrim
Assistant Director, Consumer Prices Division, Production
Paul Durk
Acting Chief, Consumer Prices Division, Production
Rebecca Taves
Analyst-Economist, Consumer Prices Division, Analysis and Dissemination Section

Note to users

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

Table summary
The information is grouped by Index for the month (appearing as row headers), Release date (appearing as column headers).
Index for the month Release date
December 2016 January 20, 2017
January 2017 February 24, 2017
February 2017 March 24, 2017
March 2017 April 21, 2017
April 2017 May 19, 2017
May 2017 June 23, 2017
June 2017 July 21, 2017
July 2017 August 18, 2017
August 2017 September 22, 2017
September 2017 October 20, 2017
October 2017 November 17, 2017
November 2017 December 21, 2017
December 2017 January 26, 2018

Please note that the analytical text and charts previously found in this publication continue to be available in The Daily.

Upcoming methodological change: New approach for estimating the Mortgage Interest Cost Index

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) measures the change in prices of consumer goods and services over time. To accurately reflect trends in the market and in consumer behaviour, Statistics Canada periodically reviews and updates the methods applied to various components of the CPI.

The release of the October 2017 CPI (to be published on November 17, 2017) will mark the implementation of new data sources and methodological changes for the calculation of the Mortgage Interest Cost Index (MICI).

The MICI represents 3.41% of the 2015 CPI basket at link month (December 2016) prices and is part of Shelter, one of the major CPI components.

The new data sources will use administrative data to replace survey data, which will reduce survey response burden while better reflecting the Canadian residential mortgage market, and will allow for a simplified estimation process.

Detailed documentation describing the new MICI approach will be available with the October 2017 CPI release on November 17, 2017.

Upcoming changes to table entitled “Inter-city indexes of price differentials of consumer goods and services”: Addition of a new geographic stratum

Data on inter-city indexes of price differentials of consumer goods and services will be updated to October 2016 with the release of the October 2017 CPI (to be published on November 17, 2017). As well, the geographic stratum “Calgary, Alberta” will be introduced in the table reflecting data for the all-items index and its eight major components.

Real-time CANSIM tables

Real-time CANSIM table 326-8023 will be updated on November 6. For more information, consult the document Real-time CANSIM tables.

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