07/19/2013 08:54 EDT | Updated 09/18/2013 05:12 EDT

Inflation ticks up to 1.2% on higher gas prices

Canada's inflation rate increased to 1.2 per cent in June, higher than the previous month's level on the back of higher prices for gasoline.

Statistics Canada said Friday the consumer price index increased by 0.5 percentage points from May's level of 0.7 per cent.

Gasoline prices rose 4.6 per cent during the month, following declines of 1.5 per cent in May and six per cent in April. There was more upward pricing pressure elsewhere in the transportation component, as the cost of cars increased two per cent during the month.

More modest increases were recorded in food prices, up 1.2 per cent from a year ago, and shelter costs, also up 1.2 per cent.

On individual items, natural gas jumped 11.3 per cent, rent was up 1.7 per cent and property taxes were 2.8 per cent higher.

Everywhere except B.C.

All in all, six of the eight sectors that the data agency tracks were higher. Health and personal care costs, and recreation, education and reading costs, were both higher.

The uptick puts Canada's inflation rate back within the Bank of Canada's target range of between one and three per cent. The central bank makes its rate decisions with a goal of keeping inflation in that narrow band.

Regionally, prices were higher in every province except B.C., which saw its third consecutive month of disinflation. The province cancelled its HST program in April, which has pulled prices lower than where they were when it was in effect.

Manitoba had Canada's highest monthly inflation rate in June, at 2.7 per cent.