# Canadian inflation rate in 1939: 2.63%

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### Inflation since 1939 and its effect on dollar value

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1939 was 7.8. It was 7.6 in the previous year. This change in CPI is used by Statistics Canada to calculate inflation.

According to Statistics Canada consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.66% per year. Prices in 2018 are 1609.0% higher than prices in 1939.

In other words, CA\$100 in 1939 is equivalent in purchasing power to CA\$1,708.97 in 2018, a difference of CA\$1,608.97 over 79 years.

The current inflation rate is now 2.22%1. If this number holds, CA\$100 today will be equivalent to CA\$102.22 next year.

 Cumulative price change 1608.97% Average inflation rate 3.66% Converted amount (CA\$100 base) CA\$1,708.97 Price difference (CA\$100 base) CA\$1,608.97 CPI in 1939 7.8 CPI in 2018 133.3

### How to calculate the inflation rate for CA\$100 since 1939

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1939 * 1939 CAD value = 2018 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 7.8 in the year 1939 and 133.3 in 2018:

133.3 / 7.8 * CA\$100 = CA\$1,708.97

CA\$100 in 1939 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as CA\$1,708.97 in 2018.

Here are calculations of buying power over time for CA\$100 in 1939 (price index tracking began in 1914). Each of these CAD amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
1939 CA\$100.00 2.63%
1940 CA\$105.13 5.13%
1941 CA\$111.54 6.10%
1942 CA\$115.38 3.45%
1943 CA\$117.95 2.22%
1944 CA\$115.38 -2.17%
1945 CA\$117.95 2.22%
1946 CA\$124.36 5.43%
1947 CA\$142.31 14.43%
1948 CA\$155.13 9.01%
1949 CA\$156.41 0.83%
1950 CA\$165.38 5.74%
1951 CA\$183.33 10.85%
1952 CA\$180.77 -1.40%
1953 CA\$180.77 0.00%
1954 CA\$180.77 0.00%
1955 CA\$182.05 0.71%
1956 CA\$187.18 2.82%
1957 CA\$191.03 2.05%
1958 CA\$196.15 2.68%
1959 CA\$198.72 1.31%
1960 CA\$201.28 1.29%
1961 CA\$201.28 0.00%
1962 CA\$205.13 1.91%
1963 CA\$208.97 1.88%
1964 CA\$212.82 1.84%
1965 CA\$219.23 3.01%
1966 CA\$226.92 3.51%
1967 CA\$235.90 3.95%
1968 CA\$246.15 4.35%
1969 CA\$257.69 4.69%
1970 CA\$260.26 1.00%
1971 CA\$273.08 4.93%
1972 CA\$287.18 5.16%
1973 CA\$314.10 9.38%
1974 CA\$353.85 12.65%
1975 CA\$387.18 9.42%
1976 CA\$408.97 5.63%
1977 CA\$447.44 9.40%
1978 CA\$485.90 8.60%
1979 CA\$533.33 9.76%
1980 CA\$592.31 11.06%
1981 CA\$664.10 12.12%
1982 CA\$725.64 9.27%
1983 CA\$758.97 4.59%
1984 CA\$787.18 3.72%
1985 CA\$821.79 4.40%
1986 CA\$856.41 4.21%
1987 CA\$892.31 4.19%
1988 CA\$926.92 3.88%
1989 CA\$975.64 5.26%
1990 CA\$1,024.36 4.99%
1991 CA\$1,062.82 3.75%
1992 CA\$1,085.90 2.17%
1993 CA\$1,103.85 1.65%
1994 CA\$1,106.41 0.23%
1995 CA\$1,125.64 1.74%
1996 CA\$1,150.00 2.16%
1997 CA\$1,158.97 0.78%
1998 CA\$1,170.51 1.00%
1999 CA\$1,201.28 2.63%
2000 CA\$1,239.74 3.20%
2001 CA\$1,248.72 0.72%
2002 CA\$1,296.15 3.80%
2003 CA\$1,323.08 2.08%
2004 CA\$1,351.28 2.13%
2005 CA\$1,379.49 2.09%
2006 CA\$1,402.56 1.67%
2007 CA\$1,435.90 2.38%
2008 CA\$1,452.56 1.16%
2009 CA\$1,471.79 1.32%
2010 CA\$1,506.41 2.35%
2011 CA\$1,541.03 2.30%
2012 CA\$1,553.85 0.83%
2013 CA\$1,573.08 1.24%
2014 CA\$1,596.15 1.47%
2015 CA\$1,621.79 1.61%
2016 CA\$1,646.15 1.50%
2017 CA\$1,671.79 1.56%
2018 CA\$1,708.97 2.22%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

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

• Hitler makes a speech to the German Reichstag where he threatens Jews.
• Mahatma Gandhi begins his fast in protest against Britain’s autocratic rule in India
• The Battle of Nanchang takes place between the Kuomintang ant the Japanese, during Sino-Japanese War.
• The Spanish Civil War ends when Madrid falls to Francisco Franco.
• Britain and France declare war on Germany after it invades Poland, signaling the start of World War II.
• Mussolini’s Italy joins Hitler's war against Great Britain and France.
• Winston Churchill is named British Prime Minister, succeeding Neville Chamberlain.
• Nazi blitzkrieg conquest of France begins when the Germans cross the Muese River.
• Auschwitz concentration camp is opened in Nazi-controlled Poland,.

### Inflation Data Source

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 1939 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 15 Jun. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/CAD-inflation-rate-in-1939.