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# \$100 in 1935 → \$1,120.27 in 1991

### Canadian Inflation Rate, \$100 in 1935 to 1991

According to Statistics Canada consumer price index, prices in 1991 are 1,020.27% higher than average prices since 1935. The Canadian dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 4.41% per year during this period, meaning the real value of a dollar decreased.

In other words, \$100 in 1935 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$1,120.27 in 1991, a difference of \$1,020.27 over 56 years.

The 1935 inflation rate was 2.78%. The inflation rate in 1991 was 3.75%. The 1991 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 1.73% per year between 1991 and 2020.

 Cumulative price change 1,020.27% Average inflation rate 4.41% Converted amount (\$100 base) \$1,120.27 Price difference (\$100 base) \$1,020.27 CPI in 1935 7.400 CPI in 1991 82.900 Inflation in 1935 2.78% Inflation in 1991 3.75%

### Buying power of \$100 in 1935

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for \$100 in 1935 (price index tracking began in 1914).

For example, if you started with \$100, you would need to end with \$1,120.27 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When \$100 is equivalent to \$1,120.27 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 1935 dollars, the chart below shows how \$100 buys less over the past 56 years.

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
1935 \$100.00 2.78%
1936 \$101.35 1.35%
1937 \$105.41 4.00%
1938 \$102.70 -2.56%
1939 \$105.41 2.63%
1940 \$110.81 5.13%
1941 \$117.57 6.10%
1942 \$121.62 3.45%
1943 \$124.32 2.22%
1944 \$121.62 -2.17%
1945 \$124.32 2.22%
1946 \$131.08 5.43%
1947 \$150.00 14.43%
1948 \$163.51 9.01%
1949 \$164.86 0.83%
1950 \$174.32 5.74%
1951 \$193.24 10.85%
1952 \$190.54 -1.40%
1953 \$190.54 0.00%
1954 \$190.54 0.00%
1955 \$191.89 0.71%
1956 \$197.30 2.82%
1957 \$201.35 2.05%
1958 \$206.76 2.68%
1959 \$209.46 1.31%
1960 \$212.16 1.29%
1961 \$212.16 0.00%
1962 \$216.22 1.91%
1963 \$220.27 1.88%
1964 \$224.32 1.84%
1965 \$231.08 3.01%
1966 \$239.19 3.51%
1967 \$248.65 3.95%
1968 \$259.46 4.35%
1969 \$271.62 4.69%
1970 \$274.32 1.00%
1971 \$287.84 4.93%
1972 \$302.70 5.16%
1973 \$331.08 9.38%
1974 \$372.97 12.65%
1975 \$408.11 9.42%
1976 \$431.08 5.63%
1977 \$471.62 9.40%
1978 \$512.16 8.60%
1979 \$562.16 9.76%
1980 \$624.32 11.06%
1981 \$700.00 12.12%
1982 \$764.86 9.27%
1983 \$800.00 4.59%
1984 \$829.73 3.72%
1985 \$866.22 4.40%
1986 \$902.70 4.21%
1987 \$940.54 4.19%
1988 \$977.03 3.88%
1989 \$1,028.38 5.26%
1990 \$1,079.73 4.99%
1991 \$1,120.27 3.75%
1992 \$1,144.59 2.17%
1993 \$1,163.51 1.65%
1994 \$1,166.22 0.23%
1995 \$1,186.49 1.74%
1996 \$1,212.16 2.16%
1997 \$1,221.62 0.78%
1998 \$1,233.78 1.00%
1999 \$1,266.22 2.63%
2000 \$1,306.76 3.20%
2001 \$1,316.22 0.72%
2002 \$1,366.22 3.80%
2003 \$1,394.59 2.08%
2004 \$1,424.32 2.13%
2005 \$1,454.05 2.09%
2006 \$1,478.38 1.67%
2007 \$1,513.51 2.38%
2008 \$1,531.08 1.16%
2009 \$1,551.35 1.32%
2010 \$1,587.84 2.35%
2011 \$1,624.32 2.30%
2012 \$1,637.84 0.83%
2013 \$1,658.11 1.24%
2014 \$1,682.43 1.47%
2015 \$1,709.46 1.61%
2016 \$1,735.14 1.50%
2017 \$1,762.16 1.56%
2018 \$1,767.57 0.31%
2019 \$1,802.70 1.99%
2020 \$1,843.24 2.25%*
* 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, 1935 to 1991

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1991CPI in 1935
×
=

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 7.4 in the year 1935 and 82.9 in 1991:

82.97.4
×
\$100
=
\$1,120.27

\$100 in 1935 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$1,120.27 in 1991.

To get the total inflation rate for the 56 years between 1935 and 1991, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1991 - CPI in 1935CPI in 1935
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (56 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

82.9 - 7.47.4
×
100
=
1,020%

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

• Hitler violates the Treaty of Versailles by ordering German rearmament.
• In an event known as "Black Sunday", a severe sandstorm strikes the US Midwest, coining the term "Dust Bowl".
• Communist forces end their Long March bringing Mao Zedong to prominence.
• First trans-pacific airmail flight by a flying boat the "China Clipper" that took off from Alameda, California

### 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: “1935 dollars in 1991 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 22 Jan. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/1935-CAD-in-1991.

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

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.

 Cumulative price change 1,020.27% Average inflation rate 4.41% Converted amount (\$100 base) \$1,120.27 Price difference (\$100 base) \$1,020.27 CPI in 1935 7.400 CPI in 1991 82.900 Inflation in 1935 2.78% Inflation in 1991 3.75%