The latest consumer price index data was released Tuesday morning by Statistics Canada, and Saskatchewan had the second-lowest rate of inflation in the nation, year-over-year, in March.  

The CPI for the province across all items was 1.51 percent, which was lower than the national mark of 2.9 percent. Only Manitoba, which saw the consumer price index rise by 0.82 percent, was lower than Saskatchewan.  

The two biggest drivers of inflation in Saskatchewan in March were shelter prices, as well as alcohol, tobacco and cannabis. Those two categories increased by 4.1 percent and 4.69 percent respectively, year-over-year. The biggest increases compared to February, however, were the price of Gasoline, and energy prices overall, which were up by 7.84 percent and 4.89 percent respectively.