$100 in 1932 is worth $1,827.40 in 2019

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Value of $100 from 1932 to 2019

According to Statistics Canada consumer price index, prices in 2019 are 1,727.40% higher than average prices since 1932. The Canadian dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.40% per year during this period, causing the real value of a dollar to decrease.

In other words, $100 in 1932 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $1,827.40 in 2019, a difference of $1,727.40 over 87 years.

The 1932 inflation rate was -7.59%. The inflation rate in 2019 was 1.99%. The 2019 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 2.25% per year between 2019 and 2020.


Inflation from 1932 to 2019
Cumulative price change 1,727.40%
Average inflation rate 3.40%
Converted amount ($100 base) $1,827.40
Price difference ($100 base) $1,727.40
CPI in 1932 7.300
CPI in 2019 133.400
Inflation in 1932 -7.59%
Inflation in 2019 1.99%

CAD Inflation since 1914
Annual Rate, Statistics Canada CPI
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Buying power of $100 in 1932

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $100 in 1932 (price index tracking began in 1914).

For example, if you started with $100, you would need to end with $1,827.40 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $100 is equivalent to $1,827.40 over time, that means that the "real value" of a single Canadian dollar decreases over time. In other words, a dollar will pay for fewer items at the store.

This effect explains how inflation erodes the value of a dollar over time. By calculating the value in 1932 dollars, the chart below shows how $100 is worth less over 87 years.

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

Dollar inflation: 1932-2019
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%
2020 $1,868.49 2.25%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.
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This conversion table shows various other 1932 amounts in 2019 dollars, based on the 1,727.40% change in prices:

Conversion Table: Value of a dollar in 2019
Initial value Equivalent value
$1 dollar in 1932 $18.27 dollars in 2019
$5 dollars in 1932 $91.37 dollars in 2019
$10 dollars in 1932 $182.74 dollars in 2019
$50 dollars in 1932 $913.70 dollars in 2019
$100 dollars in 1932 $1,827.40 dollars in 2019
$500 dollars in 1932 $9,136.99 dollars in 2019
$1,000 dollars in 1932 $18,273.97 dollars in 2019
$5,000 dollars in 1932 $91,369.86 dollars in 2019
$10,000 dollars in 1932 $182,739.73 dollars in 2019
$50,000 dollars in 1932 $913,698.63 dollars in 2019
$100,000 dollars in 1932 $1,827,397.26 dollars in 2019
$500,000 dollars in 1932 $9,136,986.30 dollars in 2019
$1,000,000 dollars in 1932 $18,273,972.60 dollars in 2019

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $100, 1932 to 2019

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1932 and 2019:

CPI in 2019 CPI in 1932
×
1932 CAD value
=
2019 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 7.3 in the year 1932 and 133.4 in 2019:

133.47.3
×
$100
=
$1,827.40

$100 in 1932 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $1,827.40 in 2019.

To get the total inflation rate for the 87 years between 1932 and 2019, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2019 - CPI in 1932CPI in 1932
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (87 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

133.4 - 7.37.3
×
100
=
1,727%

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 2019 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 5 Jun. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/1932-CAD-in-2019.

Special thanks to QuickChart for providing downloadable chart images.

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 1932 to 2019
Cumulative price change 1,727.40%
Average inflation rate 3.40%
Converted amount ($100 base) $1,827.40
Price difference ($100 base) $1,727.40
CPI in 1932 7.300
CPI in 2019 133.400
Inflation in 1932 -7.59%
Inflation in 2019 1.99%