Yellowknife sees largest annual price increase of Northern cities


Yellowknifers can look back at 2018 knowing the cost of living continued to get more expensive compared to a year ago.

The NWT Bureau of Statistics released its latest figures which showed a 2.5 per cent jump in the cost of all consumer goods in the city since November 2017 – among the highest increases of all Canadian cities.

The NWT capital had the greatest annual increase among northern cities, including Iqaluit (2.4 per cent) and Whitehorse (1.5 per cent). Yellowknife’s result was also higher than the national increase of 1.7 per cent. In Edmonton, the price increase was 1.6 per cent.

The NWT monitors various sectors in the economy in its calculation including food, shelter, household operations and furnishings, clothing and footwear, transportation, health and personal care, recreation, education and reading, and alcohol and tobacco.

“Compared to November 2017, prices rose in Yellowknife for all major components with shelter experiencing the largest increase, rising by 3.9% over the last 12 months, reads November’s report. Consumer Price Index report. “The increase in shelter prices can be attributed in part to the 4.6% rise in the water, fuel and electricity subcomponents.”


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Simon Whitehouse came to Yellowknife to work with Northern News Services in 2011. He came from Prince Edward County, Ont., and obtained his journalism education at Algonquin College and the University of Ottawa. Working in Yellowknife, he covers education-based stories and general news but has also taken other beats in the past, including city hall and entertainment. He is a champion of the printed word and the importance of newspapers. As a board member of the United Way NWT and Rotary True North, he believes in the importance of civic engagement and community building. He spends his spare time with his boxer Sharona. Simon can be reached at (867) 766-8295 and


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