Canadian inflation rate in 1977: 7.98%

Inflation in 1977 and its effect on dollar value

$1 in 1976 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $1.08 in 1977. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 7.98% per year between 1976 and 1977, producing a cumulative price increase of 7.98%. Purchasing power decreased by 7.98% in 1977 compared to 1976. On average, you would have to spend 7.98% more money in 1977 than in 1976 for the same item.

This means that prices in 1977 are 1.08 times higher than average prices since 1976, according to Statistics Canada consumer price index.

The inflation rate in 1976 was 7.54%. The inflation rate in 1977 was 7.98%. The 1977 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 3.41% per year between 1977 and 2022.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1977 was 33.62. It was 31.13 in the previous year, 1976. The difference in CPI between the years is used by Statistics Canada to officially determine inflation.


Inflation from 1976 to 1977
Average inflation rate7.98%
Converted amount ($1 base)$1.08
Price difference ($1 base)$0.08
CPI in 197631.133
CPI in 197733.617
Inflation in 19767.54%
Inflation in 19777.98%
$1 in 1976$1.08 in 1977

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How to calculate inflation rate for $1, 1976 to 1977

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1976 and 1977:

CPI in 1977 CPI in 1976
×
1976 CAD value
=
1977 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 31.13333333 in the year 1976 and 33.61666667 in 1977:

33.6166666731.13333333
×
$1
=
$1.08

$1 in 1976 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $1.08 in 1977.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1976 and 1977, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1977 - CPI in 1976CPI in 1976
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

33.61666667 - 31.1333333331.13333333
×
100
=
8%

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 1977 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 7 Dec. 2022, https://www.officialdata.org/CAD-inflation-rate-in-1977.

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 1976 to 1977
Average inflation rate7.98%
Converted amount ($1 base)$1.08
Price difference ($1 base)$0.08
CPI in 197631.133
CPI in 197733.617
Inflation in 19767.54%
Inflation in 19777.98%
$1 in 1976$1.08 in 1977