Canadian inflation rate in 1946: 5.43%

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Canadian Inflation Rate, 1946-2018 (CA$1)

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1946 was 9.7. 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 3.68% per year. Prices in 2018 are 1249.5% higher than prices in 1946.

In other words, CA$1 in the year 1946 is equivalent in purchasing power to CA$13.49 in 2018, a difference of CA$12.49 over 72 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 1946 to 2018
Cumulative price change 1249.48%
Average inflation rate 3.68%
Price difference (CA$1 base) CA$12.49
CPI in 1946 9.7
CPI in 2018 130.9

CAD inflation chart from 1914 to 2017

How to calculate the inflation rate for CA$1 since 1946

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1946 * 1946 CAD value = 2018 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 9.7 in the year 1946 and 130.9 in 2018:

130.9 / 9.7 * CA$1 = CA$13.49

CA$1 in 1946 has the same "purchasing power" as CA$13.49 in 2018.

News headlines from 1946

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

  • The United Nations General Assembly meets for the first time in London.
  • President Harry Truman sets up the Central Intelligence Agency or CIA.
  • The US State Department releases the Acheson-Lilenthal Report outlining a plan for how the US can limit nuclear power internationally, marking the beginning of Cold War.
  • Twenty-two Nazi leaders found guilty of war crimes during the Nuremburg trials.

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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