CA$100 in 1933 → CA$1,018.31 in 1988

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Canadian Inflation Rate, 1933-1988 (CA$100)

According to Statistics Canada consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 4.31% per year. Prices in 1988 are 918.3% higher than prices in 1933.

In other words, CA$100 in the year 1933 is equivalent in purchasing power to CA$1,018.31 in 1988, a difference of CA$918.31 over 55 years.

The inflation rate in 1988 was 3.88%.

Inflation from 1933 to 1988
Cumulative price change 918.31%
Average inflation rate 4.31%
Price difference (CA$100 base) CA$918.31
CPI in 1933 7.1
CPI in 1988 72.3

CAD inflation chart from 1914 to 2017

How to calculate the inflation rate for CA$100, 1933 to 1988

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1988 / CPI in 1933 * 1933 CAD value = 1988 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 7.1 in the year 1933 and 72.3 in 1988:

72.3 / 7.1 * CA$100 = CA$1,018.31

CA$100 in 1933 has the same "purchasing power" as CA$1,018.31 in 1988.

News headlines from 1933

Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:

  • Coining of the name "Pakistan" by Choudhry Rahmat Ali, this is later accepted by Muslims in the Indian sub-continent who use it to push for a separate Muslim homeland in South Asia.
  • Adolf Hitler is appointed Reich Chancellor of Germany by President Paul von Hindenburg.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt is inaugurated President of the United States.
  • The first Nazi concentration camp, Dachau, is completed.
  • The Nazi party is declared the only political party in Germany.

Inflation Data Source

Raw data for these calculations comes from the government of Canada's annual Consumer Price Index (CPI), established in 1914 and computed by Statistics Canada (StatCan).

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