Canadian inflation rate in 1979: 9.76%

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Inflation since 1979 and its effect on dollar value

The consumer price index (CPI) in 1979 was 41.6. It was 37.9 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 3.03% per year. Prices in 2018 are 220.4% higher than prices in 1979.

In other words, CA$100 in 1979 is equivalent in purchasing power to CA$320.43 in 2018, a difference of CA$220.43 over 39 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.

Inflation from 1979 to 2018
Cumulative price change 220.43%
Average inflation rate 3.03%
Converted amount (CA$100 base) CA$320.43
Price difference (CA$100 base) CA$220.43
CPI in 1979 41.6
CPI in 2018 133.3


CAD inflation chart from 1914 to 2017


How to calculate the inflation rate for CA$100 since 1979

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1979 * 1979 CAD value = 2018 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 41.6 in the year 1979 and 133.3 in 2018:

133.3 / 41.6 * CA$100 = CA$320.43

CA$100 in 1979 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as CA$320.43 in 2018.


Here are calculations of buying power over time for CA$100 in 1979 (price index tracking began in 1914). Each of these CAD amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
Year CAD Value Inflation Rate
1979 CA$100.00 9.76%
1980 CA$111.06 11.06%
1981 CA$124.52 12.12%
1982 CA$136.06 9.27%
1983 CA$142.31 4.59%
1984 CA$147.60 3.72%
1985 CA$154.09 4.40%
1986 CA$160.58 4.21%
1987 CA$167.31 4.19%
1988 CA$173.80 3.88%
1989 CA$182.93 5.26%
1990 CA$192.07 4.99%
1991 CA$199.28 3.75%
1992 CA$203.61 2.17%
1993 CA$206.97 1.65%
1994 CA$207.45 0.23%
1995 CA$211.06 1.74%
1996 CA$215.63 2.16%
1997 CA$217.31 0.78%
1998 CA$219.47 1.00%
1999 CA$225.24 2.63%
2000 CA$232.45 3.20%
2001 CA$234.13 0.72%
2002 CA$243.03 3.80%
2003 CA$248.08 2.08%
2004 CA$253.37 2.13%
2005 CA$258.65 2.09%
2006 CA$262.98 1.67%
2007 CA$269.23 2.38%
2008 CA$272.36 1.16%
2009 CA$275.96 1.32%
2010 CA$282.45 2.35%
2011 CA$288.94 2.30%
2012 CA$291.35 0.83%
2013 CA$294.95 1.24%
2014 CA$299.28 1.47%
2015 CA$304.09 1.61%
2016 CA$308.65 1.50%
2017 CA$313.46 1.56%
2018 CA$320.43 2.22%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

News headlines from 1979

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

  • Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after fifteen years of exile.
  • Ugandan dictator Idi Amin flees to Libya after the Tanzanian army captures Kampala, Uganda's capital.
  • Margaret Thatcher becomes Prime Minister of United Kingdom, the first ever woman to hold the position.
  • Afghanistan is invaded by the Soviets and overthrowing of President Hafizullah Amin.

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 1979 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 15 Jun. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/CAD-inflation-rate-in-1979.


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