The Consumer Price Index
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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.
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Note to users
The Consumer Price Index is published monthly and is not subject to revisions.
|Index for the month||Release date|
|December 2017||January 26, 2018|
|January 2018||February 23, 2018|
|February 2018||March 23, 2018|
|March 2018||April 20, 2018|
|April 2018||May 18, 2018|
|May 2018||June 22, 2018|
|June 2018||July 20, 2018|
|July 2018||August 17, 2018|
|August 2018||September 21, 2018|
|September 2018||October 19, 2018|
|October 2018||November 23, 2018|
|November 2018||December 19, 2018|
|December 2018||January 18, 2019|
Please note that the analytical text and charts previously found in this publication continue to be available in The Daily.
Publication of additional sub-indexes
On April 20 2018, with the release of the March 2018 Consumer Price Index (CPI), Statistics Canada published additional CPI sub-indexes providing an increased level of detail at lower levels of aggregation, which are available in CANSIM tables 326-0020 and 326-0021.
Methodological change: Air Transportation Index
The release of the March 2018 CPI marks the introduction of new travel destinations and a change in the data sources used to compile the air transportation index.
The air transportation index represents 1.24% of the 2015 CPI basket at link month (December 2016) prices and is part of Transportation, one of the major CPI components.
Beginning with the March 2018 CPI release, the coverage of the air transportation index has increased from 18 to 53 city-pairs. A city-pair combines a Canadian city within the province of residence of a consumer, with the final destination of the consumer.
Collecting Airfare Prices
The new approach replaces administrative data with airfare prices collected on the Internet. Prices are now collected for round trips, with considerations given to advanced booking and trip length.
These changes are expected to better reflect seasonal patterns in the cost of air transportation experienced by Canadians. Users should note that changing methodological elements of any index may result in variations in the series. As such, interpretation of the 12-month price change indicator should be made with caution, particularly in the year following the implementation of a new methodology.
Real-time CANSIM tables
Real-time CANSIM table 326-8023 will be updated on May 7. For more information, consult the document Real-time CANSIM tables.
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