Canadian inflation rate in 1936: 1.35%

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Canadian Inflation Rate, 1936-2018 (CA$1)

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1936 was 7.5. 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 3.55% per year. Prices in 2018 are 1645.3% higher than prices in 1936.

In other words, CA$1 in the year 1936 is equivalent in purchasing power to CA$17.45 in 2018, a difference of CA$16.45 over 82 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 1936 to 2018
Cumulative price change 1645.33%
Average inflation rate 3.55%
Price difference (CA$1 base) CA$16.45
CPI in 1936 7.5
CPI in 2018 130.9


CAD inflation chart from 1914 to 2017


How to calculate the inflation rate for CA$1 since 1936

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1936 * 1936 CAD value = 2018 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 7.5 in the year 1936 and 130.9 in 2018:

130.9 / 7.5 * CA$1 = CA$17.45

CA$1 in 1936 has the same "purchasing power" as CA$17.45 in 2018.


News headlines from 1936

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

  • Hitler violates the Versailles treaty by sending his troops into the Rhineland.
  • Spanish generals Francisco Franco and Emilio Mola begin a right wing uprising in Spain signalling the start of the Spanish Civil War.
  • Doctors administer the first radioactive isotope medicine in Berkley, California.

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).

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “Inflation Rate in 1936 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” FinanceRef Inflation Calculator, Alioth Finance, 19 Apr. 2018, http://www.in2013dollars.com/CAD-inflation-rate-in-1936.


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