$100 in 1932 → $1,660.27 in 2012

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$100 in 1932 → $1,660.27 in 2012

Canadian Inflation Rate, $100 in 1932 to 2012

According to Statistics Canada consumer price index, prices in 2012 are 1,560.27% higher than average prices throughout 1932. The dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.57% per year during this period, meaning the real value of a dollar decreased.

In other words, $100 in 1932 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $1,660.27 in 2012, a difference of $1,560.27 over 80 years.

The 1932 inflation rate was -7.59%. The inflation rate in 2012 was 0.83%. The 2012 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 1.38% per year between 2012 and 2019.


Inflation from 1932 to 2012
Cumulative price change 1,560.27%
Average inflation rate 3.57%
Converted amount ($100 base) $1,660.27
Price difference ($100 base) $1,560.27
CPI in 1932 7.300
CPI in 2012 121.200
Inflation in 1932 -7.59%
Inflation in 2012 0.83%

CAD inflation chart from 1914 to 2017


Buying power of $100 in 1932

This chart shows calculation of buying power equivalence, often referred to as "the value of a dollar" over time for $100 in 1932 (price index tracking began in 1914).

According to Statistics Canada, each of these CAD amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1932 $100.00 -7.59%
1933 $97.26 -2.74%
1934 $98.63 1.41%
1935 $101.37 2.78%
1936 $102.74 1.35%
1937 $106.85 4.00%
1938 $104.11 -2.56%
1939 $106.85 2.63%
1940 $112.33 5.13%
1941 $119.18 6.10%
1942 $123.29 3.45%
1943 $126.03 2.22%
1944 $123.29 -2.17%
1945 $126.03 2.22%
1946 $132.88 5.43%
1947 $152.05 14.43%
1948 $165.75 9.01%
1949 $167.12 0.83%
1950 $176.71 5.74%
1951 $195.89 10.85%
1952 $193.15 -1.40%
1953 $193.15 0.00%
1954 $193.15 0.00%
1955 $194.52 0.71%
1956 $200.00 2.82%
1957 $204.11 2.05%
1958 $209.59 2.68%
1959 $212.33 1.31%
1960 $215.07 1.29%
1961 $215.07 0.00%
1962 $219.18 1.91%
1963 $223.29 1.88%
1964 $227.40 1.84%
1965 $234.25 3.01%
1966 $242.47 3.51%
1967 $252.05 3.95%
1968 $263.01 4.35%
1969 $275.34 4.69%
1970 $278.08 1.00%
1971 $291.78 4.93%
1972 $306.85 5.16%
1973 $335.62 9.38%
1974 $378.08 12.65%
1975 $413.70 9.42%
1976 $436.99 5.63%
1977 $478.08 9.40%
1978 $519.18 8.60%
1979 $569.86 9.76%
1980 $632.88 11.06%
1981 $709.59 12.12%
1982 $775.34 9.27%
1983 $810.96 4.59%
1984 $841.10 3.72%
1985 $878.08 4.40%
1986 $915.07 4.21%
1987 $953.42 4.19%
1988 $990.41 3.88%
1989 $1,042.47 5.26%
1990 $1,094.52 4.99%
1991 $1,135.62 3.75%
1992 $1,160.27 2.17%
1993 $1,179.45 1.65%
1994 $1,182.19 0.23%
1995 $1,202.74 1.74%
1996 $1,228.77 2.16%
1997 $1,238.36 0.78%
1998 $1,250.68 1.00%
1999 $1,283.56 2.63%
2000 $1,324.66 3.20%
2001 $1,334.25 0.72%
2002 $1,384.93 3.80%
2003 $1,413.70 2.08%
2004 $1,443.84 2.13%
2005 $1,473.97 2.09%
2006 $1,498.63 1.67%
2007 $1,534.25 2.38%
2008 $1,552.05 1.16%
2009 $1,572.60 1.32%
2010 $1,609.59 2.35%
2011 $1,646.58 2.30%
2012 $1,660.27 0.83%
2013 $1,680.82 1.24%
2014 $1,705.48 1.47%
2015 $1,732.88 1.61%
2016 $1,758.90 1.50%
2017 $1,786.30 1.56%
2018 $1,791.78 0.31%
2019 $1,827.40 1.99%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.
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How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $100, 1932 to 2012

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2012CPI in 1932
×
1932 CAD value
=
2012 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 7.3 in the year 1932 and 121.2 in 2012:

121.27.3
×
$100
=
$1,660.27

$100 in 1932 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $1,660.27 in 2012.

To get the total inflation rate for the 80 years between 1932 and 2012, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2012 - CPI in 1932CPI in 1932
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (80 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

121.2 - 7.37.3
×
100
=
1,560%

News headlines from 1932

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

  • Opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  • The first female transatlantic solo flight is completed by Amelia Earhart.
  • The British Broadcasting Corporation begins overseas transmission.

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: “1932 dollars in 2012 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 5 Dec. 2019, https://www.officialdata.org/1932-CAD-in-2012.

Special thanks to QuickChart for providing downloadable chart images.

in2013dollars.com is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.


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 1932 to 2012
Cumulative price change 1,560.27%
Average inflation rate 3.57%
Converted amount ($100 base) $1,660.27
Price difference ($100 base) $1,560.27
CPI in 1932 7.300
CPI in 2012 121.200
Inflation in 1932 -7.59%
Inflation in 2012 0.83%
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