Canadian inflation rate in 1952: -1.40%

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Canadian Inflation Rate, 1952-2018 (CA$1)

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1952 was 14.1. 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 3.43% per year. Prices in 2018 are 828.4% higher than prices in 1952.

In other words, CA$1 in the year 1952 is equivalent in purchasing power to CA$9.28 in 2018, a difference of CA$8.28 over 66 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 1952 to 2018
Cumulative price change 828.37%
Average inflation rate 3.43%
Price difference (CA$1 base) CA$8.28
CPI in 1952 14.1
CPI in 2018 130.9

CAD inflation chart from 1914 to 2017

How to calculate the inflation rate for CA$1 since 1952

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1952 * 1952 CAD value = 2018 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 14.1 in the year 1952 and 130.9 in 2018:

130.9 / 14.1 * CA$1 = CA$9.28

CA$1 in 1952 has the same "purchasing power" as CA$9.28 in 2018.

News headlines from 1952

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

  • Queen Elizabeth II's succeeds King George VI to the British throne.
  • The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis of modern computers, is published for the first time by Geoffrey Dummer.

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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