Goods and services spending rose 2% in 2012, says StatsCan
Shelter and healthcare expenses up slightly, transport and food costs flat
The average Canadian household spent $56,279 on goods and services in 2012, up two per cent from the previous year according to Statistics Canada.
The categories that saw the greatest share of your money — shelter, transportation and food — saw either minor increases over 2011 or remained flat, the agency said Wednesday.
Shelter expenditures — including rent, mortgage payments, repairs and maintenance — were up four per cent to an average of $15,811.
Expressed in dollars, Albertans spent the most on shelter at $19,309, though B.C. tops the list if expressed as a percentage of the household’s total goods and services spending, at 30.8 per cent.
Shelter expenditures were lowest by both metrics in New Brunswick, at $11,077 and 22.3 per cent.
Spending on transport was “little changed” from 2011 at $11,216, said Statistics Canada, while food spending dipped less than one percentage point to $7,739, driven largely by a drop in restaurant spending.
Households in Alberta again topped the list with an average yearly food bill of $8,414. Nova Scotia came in last at $7,235.
Healthcare spending amounted to a yearly household average of $2,285, though that was up 3.3 per cent from 2011. Those out-of-pocket expenses included insurance premiums and healthcare costs not covered by public or private plans.
Looking beyond goods and services — to include expenses such as income taxes, pension contributions and gifts — the average Canadian household spend $75,443 in 2012, up 2.7 per cent from 2011.