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Canada’s inflation rate jumped up again last month and higher gas prices played a huge part.

Statistics Canada announced that Canada’s annual inflation rate rose to 4% last month, an increase from the 3.3%% in July.


12-month change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and CPI excluding gasoline

Inflation increased largely due to the higher year-over-year prices for gasoline in August (+0.8%) compared with July (-12.9%).

“On a monthly basis, gasoline prices rose 4.6%, also contributing to the year-over-year increase in August 2023,” reads the report.

Oil prices aren’t the only factor driving up inflation.

Shelter prices were up 6.0% on a year-over-year basis in August after July saw an increase of 5.1%. As for the rent index, it increased by 6.5% year over year after a 5.5% gain in July as Canadians continue to deal with higher interest rates.

For the full report, click here.