CA$100 in 1929 → CA$551.06 in 1981

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Canadian Inflation Rate, 1929-1981 (CA$100)

According to Statistics Canada consumer price index, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.34% per year. Prices in 1981 are 451.1% higher than prices in 1929.

In other words, CA$100 in the year 1929 is equivalent in purchasing power to CA$551.06 in 1981, a difference of CA$451.06 over 52 years.

The inflation rate in 1981 was 12.12%.

Inflation from 1929 to 1981
Cumulative price change 451.06%
Average inflation rate 3.34%
Price difference (CA$100 base) CA$451.06
CPI in 1929 9.4
CPI in 1981 51.8

CAD inflation chart from 1914 to 2017

How to calculate the inflation rate for CA$100, 1929 to 1981

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1981 / CPI in 1929 * 1929 CAD value = 1981 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 9.4 in the year 1929 and 51.8 in 1981:

51.8 / 9.4 * CA$100 = CA$551.06

CA$100 in 1929 has the same "purchasing power" as CA$551.06 in 1981.

News headlines from 1929

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

  • The world's smallest country, the Vatican City, is created as an enclave of Rome.
  • Seven gangsters are killed in Chicago on Al Capone's orders in an event now known as St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
  • A final solution of a border dispute between Chile and Peru is reached after the signing of the Treaty of Lima.
  • Beginning of the Great Depression with stock market crash known as "Black Thursday".
  • ‘Black Thursday’, leads to a Wall Street crash and the biggest depression in the history of the world.

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).

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