FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 19, 2021
WHITEHORSE – While Yukoners and Northerners know the price of basic goods is higher than the south due to transportation and other factors, new numbers from the Yukon Bureau of Statistics paint a dim picture.
According to the Bureau, the Consumer Price Index for Whitehorse year-over-year from July 2020 to July 2021 rose 4.2 percent. This is above the Canadian average of 3.7 percent. Even the month-over-month increase from June to July of almost a full percentage point is above the national average.
The Bureau says the increase costs are in gasoline, the purchase or leasing of vehicles, and various types of fuel. All are a necessary component of northern life.
With a federal election campaign underway, Yukoners are wondering what the candidates and parties will do to help lessen the costs of basic goods for northern consumers as we emerge from the pandemic. The past six years of the federal Liberal government have seen inflation increase significantly.