Canadian inflation rate in 1972: 4.99%

Inflation in 1972 and its effect on dollar value

$1 in 1971 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $1.05 in 1972. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 4.99% per year between 1971 and 1972, producing a cumulative price increase of 4.99%. Purchasing power decreased by 4.99% in 1972 compared to 1971. On average, you would have to spend 4.99% more money in 1972 than in 1971 for the same item.

This means that prices in 1972 are 1.05 times higher than average prices since 1971, according to Statistics Canada consumer price index.

The inflation rate in 1971 was 2.70%. The inflation rate in 1972 was 4.99%. The 1972 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 3.95% per year between 1972 and 2022.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1972 was 21.93. It was 20.88 in the previous year, 1971. The difference in CPI between the years is used by Statistics Canada to officially determine inflation.


Inflation from 1971 to 1972
Average inflation rate4.99%
Converted amount ($1 base)$1.05
Price difference ($1 base)$0.05
CPI in 197120.883
CPI in 197221.925
Inflation in 19712.70%
Inflation in 19724.99%
$1 in 1971$1.05 in 1972

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How to calculate inflation rate for $1, 1971 to 1972

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1971 and 1972:

CPI in 1972 CPI in 1971
×
1971 CAD value
=
1972 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 20.88333333 in the year 1971 and 21.925 in 1972:

21.92520.88333333
×
$1
=
$1.05

$1 in 1971 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $1.05 in 1972.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1971 and 1972, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1972 - CPI in 1971CPI in 1971
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

21.925 - 20.8833333320.88333333
×
100
=
5%

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 1972 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 17 Aug. 2022, https://www.officialdata.org/CAD-inflation-rate-in-1972.

Special thanks to QuickChart for their chart image API, which is used for chart downloads.

in2013dollars.com is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.


Ian Webster

About the author

Ian Webster is an engineer and data expert based in San Mateo, California. He has worked for Google, NASA, and consulted for governments around the world on data pipelines and data analysis. Disappointed by the lack of clear resources on the impacts of inflation on economic indicators, Ian believes this website serves as a valuable public tool. Ian earned his degree in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

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Inflation from 1971 to 1972
Average inflation rate4.99%
Converted amount ($1 base)$1.05
Price difference ($1 base)$0.05
CPI in 197120.883
CPI in 197221.925
Inflation in 19712.70%
Inflation in 19724.99%
$1 in 1971$1.05 in 1972