Canadian inflation rate in 1916: 14.29%

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Inflation in 1916 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 14.29% in 1916 compared to 1915. On average, you would have to spend 14.29% more money in 1916 than in 1915 for the same item.

In other words, CA$1 in 1915 is equivalent in purchasing power to about CA$1.14 in 1916.

The 1915 inflation rate was 3.28%. The inflation rate in 1916 was 14.29%. The 1916 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 2.87% per year between 1916 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1916 was 7.20. It was 6.30 in the previous year, 1915. The difference in CPI between the years is used by Statistics Canada to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1915 to 1916
Average inflation rate 14.29%
Converted amount (CA$1 base) CA$1.14
Price difference (CA$1 base) CA$0.14
CPI in 1915 6.300
CPI in 1916 7.200
Inflation in 1915 3.28%
Inflation in 1916 14.29%

CAD inflation chart from 1914 to 2017

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for CA$1, 1915 to 1916

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1916CPI in 1915
1915 CAD value
1916 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 6.3 in the year 1915 and 7.2 in 1916:


CA$1 in 1915 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as CA$1.14 in 1916.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1915 and 1916, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1916 - CPI in 1915CPI in 1915
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

7.2 - 6.36.3

News headlines from 1915

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

  • French troops force Germans back into the Champagne region, suffering losses of 50,000 men and gaining several hundred yards.
  • Germany uses poison gas for the first time in World War I.
  • Almost 430,000 French, British, and Germans are killed in the Battle of Loos.
  • The one-millionth Model T is produced by Ford Motor Company.

Data Source & Citation

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).

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “Inflation Rate in 1916 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 23 Apr. 2019,

Special thanks to QuickChart for providing downloadable chart images. is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.

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