Canadian inflation rate in 1988: 4.03%

Inflation in 1988 and its effect on dollar value

$1 in 1987 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $1.04 in 1988. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 4.03% per year between 1987 and 1988, producing a cumulative price increase of 4.03%. Purchasing power decreased by 4.03% in 1988 compared to 1987. On average, you would have to spend 4.03% more money in 1988 than in 1987 for the same item.

This means that prices in 1988 are 1.04 times higher than average prices since 1987, according to Statistics Canada consumer price index.

The inflation rate in 1987 was 4.36%. The inflation rate in 1988 was 4.03%. The 1988 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 2.25% per year between 1988 and 2022.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1988 was 71.23. It was 68.48 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 rate4.03%
Converted amount ($1 base)$1.04
Price difference ($1 base)$0.04
CPI in 198768.475
CPI in 198871.233
Inflation in 19874.36%
Inflation in 19884.03%
$1 in 1987$1.04 in 1988

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How to calculate inflation rate for $1, 1987 to 1988

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1987 and 1988:

CPI in 1988 CPI in 1987
×
1987 CAD value
=
1988 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 68.475 in the year 1987 and 71.23333333 in 1988:

71.2333333368.475
×
$1
=
$1.04

$1 in 1987 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $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
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

71.23333333 - 68.47568.475
×
100
=
4%

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.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 9 Aug. 2022, https://www.officialdata.org/CAD-inflation-rate-in-1988.

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 1987 to 1988
Average inflation rate4.03%
Converted amount ($1 base)$1.04
Price difference ($1 base)$0.04
CPI in 198768.475
CPI in 198871.233
Inflation in 19874.36%
Inflation in 19884.03%
$1 in 1987$1.04 in 1988