Canada’s annual inflation jumped in March due to plunge in prices last year


Statistics Canada says the annual pace of inflation jumped higher in March due in large part to a plunge in prices a year ago, at the start of the pandemic.

The agency says the consumer price index in March was up 2.2 per cent compared with a year ago.

The increase compared with a 1.1 per cent year-over-year increase in February, which was then a pandemic-era high.

The figures for March marked a new high, but one that saw prices compared against a time when the first wave of COVID-19 crashed on Canada’s shores.

March gas prices, for example, were up 35.3 per cent compared with the same month last year when prices reached a four-year low at the onset of the pandemic.

Statistics Canada says about one-fifth of the increase in gasoline prices was due to the comparison with prices in March 2020.

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