The Canadian Consumer Price Index Reference Paper

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Release date: February 27, 2019


This Canadian Consumer Price Index (CPI) Reference Paper provides an overview of the Canadian CPI. It is intended for a varied audience, ranging from users interested in general information to those requiring more technical or theoretical details. As such, it explains all the important aspects of the Canadian CPI: uses and interpretations, scope, classifications, sample strategy, price collection, index calculation, quality change, weights, basket updates, reliability and uncertainty, special cases and treatments and history.

Reader’s Guide

This volume explains the conceptual, structural and methodological basis of the Canadian Consumer Price Index (CPI). It should be regarded as an update to The Consumer Price Index Reference Paper, published in 2015.Note  It provides a thorough explanation of the concepts and methodology underlying Canada’s CPI. The first chapter provides an overview and summary of the entire document.

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