Canadian inflation rate in 1974: 12.65%

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Inflation in 1974 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 12.65% in 1974 compared to 1973. On average, you would have to spend 12.65% more money in 1974 than in 1973 for the same item.

In other words, CA$1 in 1973 is equivalent in purchasing power to about CA$1.13 in 1974.

The 1973 inflation rate was 9.38%. The inflation rate in 1974 was 12.65%. The 1974 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 3.56% per year between 1974 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1974 was 27.60. It was 24.50 in the previous year, 1973. The difference in CPI between the years is used by Statistics Canada to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1973 to 1974
Average inflation rate 12.65%
Converted amount (CA$1 base) CA$1.13
Price difference (CA$1 base) CA$0.13
CPI in 1973 24.500
CPI in 1974 27.600
Inflation in 1973 9.38%
Inflation in 1974 12.65%

CAD inflation chart from 1914 to 2017

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for CA$1, 1973 to 1974

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1974CPI in 1973
1973 CAD value
1974 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 24.5 in the year 1973 and 27.6 in 1974:


CA$1 in 1973 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as CA$1.13 in 1974.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1973 and 1974, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1974 - CPI in 1973CPI in 1973
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

27.6 - 24.524.5

News headlines from 1973

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

  • President Richard Nixon announces the end of the Vietnam War.
  • The longest war in American history finishes after William Rogers and Nguyen Duy Trinh of US and North Vietnam's army sign a cease-fire.
  • The IRA attacks London for the first time following the arrests of 10 of its members.
  • The Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings.

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 1974 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 24 Apr. 2019,

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