Cost of living in Northern Canada ticks higher

The inflation rate is going up in all three territories at a faster rate than the national average, official data shows.
Canada's inflation rate increased by 1.1 per cent last month, but was higher in the North.

The cost of living in Canada's North keeps getting higher.

Statistics Canada released Consumer Price Index numbers on Friday, and according to the numbers, inflation is going up in all three territories at a faster rate than the national average. 

In Iqaluit, the inflation rate increased by 1.5 per cent between September 2012-13. In Whitehorse and Yellowknife, the CPI was up by about 2 per cent.

Those figures compare to a 1.1 per cent average increase across Canada.

Across the country, the inflation rate was pulled higher by price increases for shelter, food, and alcohol and tobacco products. But prices for gasoline and health and personal care products actually went down over the last 12 months, which dragged the overall rate lower.


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