Canadian inflation rate in 1936: 1.35%

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Canadian Inflation Rate, 1936-2017 (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, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.59% per year. Prices in 2017 are 1638.7% higher than prices in 1936.

In other words, CA$1 in the year 1936 is equivalent to CA$17.39 in 2017, a difference of CA$16.39 over 81 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 1936 to 2017
Cumulative price change 1638.67%
Average inflation rate 3.59%
Price difference (CA$1 base) CA$16.39
CPI in 1936 7.5
CPI in 2017 130.4


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 2017 / CPI in 1936 * 1936 CAD value = 2017 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 7.5 in the year 1936 and 130.4 in 2017:

130.4 / 7.5 * CA$1 = CA$17.39

CA$1 in 1936 has the same "purchasing power" as CA$17.39 in 2017.


News headlines from 1936

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

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


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