Canadian inflation rate in 1950: 5.74%

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Inflation in 1950 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 5.74% in 1950 compared to 1949. On average, you would have to spend 5.74% more money in 1950 than in 1949 for the same item.

In other words, CA$1 in 1949 is equivalent in purchasing power to about CA$1.06 in 1950.

The 1949 inflation rate was 0.83%. The inflation rate in 1950 was 5.74%. The 1950 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 3.44% per year between 1950 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1950 was 12.90. It was 12.20 in the previous year, 1949. The difference in CPI between the years is used by Statistics Canada to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1949 to 1950
Average inflation rate 5.74%
Converted amount (CA$1 base) CA$1.06
Price difference (CA$1 base) CA$0.06
CPI in 1949 12.200
CPI in 1950 12.900
Inflation in 1949 0.83%
Inflation in 1950 5.74%

CAD inflation chart from 1914 to 2017

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for CA$1, 1949 to 1950

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1950CPI in 1949
1949 CAD value
1950 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 12.2 in the year 1949 and 12.9 in 1950:


CA$1 in 1949 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as CA$1.06 in 1950.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1949 and 1950, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1950 - CPI in 1949CPI in 1949
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

12.9 - 12.212.2

News headlines from 1949

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

  • David Ben-Gurion's Mapai party wins the first Israeli election.
  • The Federal Republic of Germany, or West Germany, is created by the combination of the American, British, and French occupation zones.
  • The Soviet Union ends the blockade of Berlin.
  • The People's Republic of China is proclaimed by Chinese Communist leaders.

Data Source & Citation

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 1950 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 25 Apr. 2019,

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