The latest consumer price index (CPI) numbers from Statistics Canada put the inflation rate at 1.5% over last year.
October’s numbers are up slightly from September’s 1.3% increase.
Over last year, prices were up in six of the eight major categories of household goods and services measured in the calculation.
Transportation costs rose 3.0% compared to last year, and shelter was up 1.9% over 12 months.
Food posted its first decline since 2000, down 0.7% year-over-year after rising in September by 0.1%. Fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy saw decreases in 12 months, while the cost of seafood and sugar/confection rose over the same period.
Food purchased from restaurants went up 2.6% in the 12 months to October, following a 2.5% rise in September.
Statscan says Ontario’s CPI was up 2.1%, year over year, accelerated partly by an increase in vehicle insurance premiums and the traveller accommodation index.
— Statistics Canada (@StatCan_eng) November 18, 2016