Good news for everyone feeling the pinch of inflation. Statistics Canada's latest figures for the Consumer Price Index, released yesterday, show that costs are increasing at a slower pace than they have since August 2021.
"Year-over-year CPI growth fell sharply in March, which will likely bring relief to Canadian consumers and policymakers alike," the Conference Board of Canada said in a news release. "And the outlook for the Canadian dollar may be in better shape in the wake of banking turmoil in the United States. A stronger currency could insulate Canadians from higher import prices."
The slowing rate is a sign that efforts by the Bank of Canada are working. The bank has used its tools to raise interest rates and discourage spending. The effort is expected to contribute to a short-lived recession in Canada this summer. The bank's forecast is for inflation to fall to 3% by mid-year before eventually getting back to its 2% target next year.
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