Canadian inflation rate in 1979: 9.76%

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Inflation in 1979 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 9.76% in 1979 compared to 1978. On average, you would have to spend 9.76% more money in 1979 than in 1978 for the same item.

In other words, CA$1 in 1978 is equivalent in purchasing power to about CA$1.10 in 1979.

The 1978 inflation rate was 8.60%. The inflation rate in 1979 was 9.76%. The 1979 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 2.96% per year between 1979 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1979 was 41.60. It was 37.90 in the previous year, 1978. The difference in CPI between the years is used by Statistics Canada to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1978 to 1979
Average inflation rate 9.76%
Converted amount (CA$1 base) CA$1.10
Price difference (CA$1 base) CA$0.10
CPI in 1978 37.900
CPI in 1979 41.600
Inflation in 1978 8.60%
Inflation in 1979 9.76%

CAD inflation chart from 1914 to 2017

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for CA$1, 1978 to 1979

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1979CPI in 1978
1978 CAD value
1979 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 37.9 in the year 1978 and 41.6 in 1979:


CA$1 in 1978 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as CA$1.10 in 1979.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1978 and 1979, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1979 - CPI in 1978CPI in 1978
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

41.6 - 37.937.9

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 1979 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 21 Apr. 2019,

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