Canadian inflation rate in 1918: 13.25%

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Canadian Inflation Rate, 1918-2017 (CA$1)

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1918 was 9.4. Statistics Canada uses this CPI value to track inflation on a monthly basis.

According to Statistics Canada, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.69% per year. Prices in 2017 are 1287.2% higher than prices in 1918.

In other words, CA$1 in the year 1918 is equivalent to CA$13.87 in 2017, a difference of CA$12.87 over 99 years.

The current inflation rate in 2017 is 1.56%1. If this number holds, CA$1 today will be equivalent to CA$1.02 next year.

Inflation from 1918 to 2017
Cumulative price change 1287.23%
Average inflation rate 2.69%
Price difference (CA$1 base) CA$12.87
CPI in 1918 9.4
CPI in 2017 130.4


CAD inflation chart from 1914 to 2017


How to calculate the inflation rate for CA$1 since 1918

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 1918 * 1918 CAD value = 2017 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 9.4 in the year 1918 and 130.4 in 2017:

130.4 / 9.4 * CA$1 = CA$13.87

CA$1 in 1918 has the same "purchasing power" as CA$13.87 in 2017.


News headlines from 1918

Politics and news often play an important role in economic performance.

  • First recorded case of Spanish flu in Kansas, marking the beginning of a worldwide pandemic killing millions.
  • The Bolshevik Party changes its name to the Communist Party.
  • Moscow is declared the capital of Russia.
  • Tsar Nicholas II of Russia is executed along with his family by a Bolshevik squad in Ekaterinburg.

Inflation Data Source: The government of Canada's annual Consumer Price Index (CPI), established in 1914 and computed by Statistics Canada (StatCan).


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