Inflation rate in Ottawa rises to 1.3% in December

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Ottawa’s inflation rate increased to 1.3 per cent in December, according to figures Statistics Canada released on Friday.

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That’s a 0.4-percentage point increase over the 0.9 per cent measured in November.

Nationally Canada's national annual inflation rate rose to 1.2 per cent last month, slightly higher than in November but still low by historic standards.

The December inflation number reported Friday by Statistics Canada came in below the Bank of Canada's ideal target of two per cent, but within the desired range of one and three per cent.

It was also within analyst estimates. The November inflation rate was unusually low at 0.9 per cent and was expected to rise but continue to be relatively low, as it has been for more than a year.

That last time Canada's inflation rate hit the central bank's ideal target of two per cent was in April 2012, according to Statistics Canada figures.

The rise in overall inflation last month was largely attributable to higher gasoline prices, which rose 4.7 per cent from a year earlier.

After excluding some volatile items such as energy, core inflation in December rose to 1.3 per cent compared to 1.1 per cent in November.

Statistics Canada said higher shelter costs and food prices also increased the inflation rate, while costs for health and personal care declined.

In all, six of the eight major price components tracked by Statistics Canada rose in December.

–With files from The Canadian Press

Organizations: Statistics Canada, Bank of Canada

Geographic location: Canada, Ottawa

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  • Jayme
    January 27, 2014 - 10:40

    Rudy The thing is if there is no1% you have no real jobs.

  • Rudy Haugeneder
    January 25, 2014 - 14:27

    Inflation, deflation. It's an economic game played by the big banks, Wall Street and the politicians they own -- the overwhelming majority of them owned by the pro-inflation lobbyists who have been calling the shots since the penny was actually worth something. Personally, two or three decades of DEFLATION -- decades not months or a year or two -- might just bring some balance to the global economic and environment order/disorder. Let it happen. If my pension declined by 10% and prices dropped 12%, I would totally enjoy the change (include pun) and if the 1% and their flunkies who control everything disagree, send them to Siberia with picks and shoves and bag of food seeds and see what they can learn. Don't weep. They are an absolute minority of the global population and won't be missed.