Canadian inflation rate in 1929: 2.17%

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Canadian Inflation Rate, 1929-2018 (CA$1)

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1929 was 9.4. Statistics Canada uses this CPI value to track inflation on a monthly basis.

According to Statistics Canada consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.00% per year. Prices in 2018 are 1292.6% higher than prices in 1929.

In other words, CA$1 in the year 1929 is equivalent in purchasing power to CA$13.93 in 2018, a difference of CA$12.93 over 89 years.

The current inflation rate in 2018 is 0.38%1. If this number holds, CA$1 today will be equivalent to CA$1.00 next year.

Inflation from 1929 to 2018
Cumulative price change 1292.55%
Average inflation rate 3.00%
Price difference (CA$1 base) CA$12.93
CPI in 1929 9.4
CPI in 2018 130.9

CAD inflation chart from 1914 to 2017

How to calculate the inflation rate for CA$1 since 1929

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1929 * 1929 CAD value = 2018 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 9.4 in the year 1929 and 130.9 in 2018:

130.9 / 9.4 * CA$1 = CA$13.93

CA$1 in 1929 has the same "purchasing power" as CA$13.93 in 2018.

News headlines from 1929

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

  • The world's smallest country, the Vatican City, is created as an enclave of Rome.
  • Seven gangsters are killed in Chicago on Al Capone's orders in an event now known as St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
  • A final solution of a border dispute between Chile and Peru is reached after the signing of the Treaty of Lima.
  • Beginning of the Great Depression with stock market crash known as "Black Thursday".
  • ‘Black Thursday’, leads to a Wall Street crash and the biggest depression in the history of the world.

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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