Canadian inflation rate in 1978: 8.60%

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Canadian Inflation Rate, 1978-2017 (CA$1)

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1978 was 37.9. 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 3.22% per year. Prices in 2017 are 244.1% higher than prices in 1978.

In other words, CA$1 in the year 1978 is equivalent to CA$3.44 in 2017, a difference of CA$2.44 over 39 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 1978 to 2017
Cumulative price change 244.06%
Average inflation rate 3.22%
Price difference (CA$1 base) CA$2.44
CPI in 1978 37.9
CPI in 2017 130.4

CAD inflation chart from 1914 to 2017

How to calculate the inflation rate for CA$1 since 1978

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 1978 * 1978 CAD value = 2017 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 37.9 in the year 1978 and 130.4 in 2017:

130.4 / 37.9 * CA$1 = CA$3.44

CA$1 in 1978 has the same "purchasing power" as CA$3.44 in 2017.

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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