Canadian inflation rate in 1988: 3.88%

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Inflation in 1988 and Its Effect on Dollar Value

Purchasing power decreased by 3.88% in 1988 compared to 1987. On average, you would have to spend 3.88% more money in 1988 than in 1987 for the same item.

In other words, CA$1 in 1987 is equivalent in purchasing power to about CA$1.04 in 1988.

The 1987 inflation rate was 4.19%. The inflation rate in 1988 was 3.88%. The 1988 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 2.00% per year between 1988 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1988 was 72.30. It was 69.60 in the previous year, 1987. The difference in CPI between the years is used by Statistics Canada to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1987 to 1988
Average inflation rate 3.88%
Converted amount (CA$1 base) CA$1.04
Price difference (CA$1 base) CA$0.04
CPI in 1987 69.600
CPI in 1988 72.300
Inflation in 1987 4.19%
Inflation in 1988 3.88%

CAD inflation chart from 1914 to 2017

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for CA$1, 1987 to 1988

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1988CPI in 1987
1987 CAD value
1988 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 69.6 in the year 1987 and 72.3 in 1988:


CA$1 in 1987 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as CA$1.04 in 1988.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1987 and 1988, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1988 - CPI in 1987CPI in 1987
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

72.3 - 69.669.6

News headlines from 1987

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

  • New Zealand becomes the only nation to legislate against nuclear power, when their Labour government legislates against nuclear weapons and nuclear powered vessels.
  • Margaret Thatcher becomes the first British PM in 160 years to win a third consecutive term in office.
  • The Dow Jones stock index falls by 508.32 points, the event is later known as Black Monday.

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 1988 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 24 Apr. 2019,

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