Canadian inflation rate in 1983: 4.59%

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Inflation in 1983 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 4.59% in 1983 compared to 1982. On average, you would have to spend 4.59% more money in 1983 than in 1982 for the same item.

In other words, CA$1 in 1982 is equivalent in purchasing power to about CA$1.05 in 1983.

The 1982 inflation rate was 9.27%. The inflation rate in 1983 was 4.59%. The 1983 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 2.28% per year between 1983 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1983 was 59.20. It was 56.60 in the previous year, 1982. The difference in CPI between the years is used by Statistics Canada to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1982 to 1983
Average inflation rate 4.59%
Converted amount (CA$1 base) CA$1.05
Price difference (CA$1 base) CA$0.05
CPI in 1982 56.600
CPI in 1983 59.200
Inflation in 1982 9.27%
Inflation in 1983 4.59%

CAD inflation chart from 1914 to 2017

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for CA$1, 1982 to 1983

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1983CPI in 1982
1982 CAD value
1983 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 56.6 in the year 1982 and 59.2 in 1983:


CA$1 in 1982 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as CA$1.05 in 1983.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1982 and 1983, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1983 - CPI in 1982CPI in 1982
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

59.2 - 56.656.6

News headlines from 1982

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

  • The Falkland Islands are seized from Great Britain by several thousand Argentine troops.
  • Canada's constitution is adopted.
  • The General Belgrano, an Argentine cruiser is sunk by Conqueror, a British Submarine; more than 350 men are killed
  • Argentina surrenders to Great Britain ending the Falklands conflict.

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 1983 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 25 Apr. 2019,

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