Consumer prices remained historically elevated in October, thanks to ongoing increases in gasoline prices and mortgage costs.
Canadians continued to pay 6.9% more for goods and services compared to October 2021, after the CPI jumped 0.7% month-over-month— the largest such gain since June 2022. Core CPI, which does not account for food and energy, rose 5.3% annually following a 5.4% increase in September.
Much of last month’s increase was attributed to higher gasoline prices at the pump, which rose 9.2% following a 7.4% decline in the month prior. The stark reversal in fuel prices comes after OPEC announced substantial crude production cuts, coupled with a weakened Canadian dollar relative to its US counterpart. On an annual basis, the price of gas rose 17.8%, after increasing 13.2% in September.
Meanwhile, Canadians continued to pay more for homeownership, as mortgage interest costs jumped 11.4% compared to October 2021— the sharpest year-over-year increase since February 1991. Conversely, the homeowners’ replacement cost index, which is linked to new home prices, decelerated to 6.9% last month after rising 7.7% in September.
Food price growth also slowed in October, albeit at a paltry rate. Canadians still paid 10.1% more for food last month, which is slightly less than the 10.3% year-over-year increase reported in September. However, for food purchased from stores, grocery prices continued to rise at a faster annual pace than overall CPI for the 11th straight month, increasing 11% from October 2021.
And, lastly, Statistics Canada reported that average hourly wages increased 5.6% from one year ago, implying that, on average, consumer prices rose at a faster rate than wages, further stripping away at Canadians’ purchasing power.
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