$100 in 1985 → $203.43 in 2017

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$100 in 1985 → $203.43 in 2017

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Canadian Inflation Rate, $100 in 1985 to 2017

According to Statistics Canada consumer price index, prices in 2017 are 103.43% higher than average prices throughout 1985. The dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.24% per year during this period, meaning the real value of a dollar decreased.

In other words, $100 in 1985 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $203.43 in 2017, a difference of $103.43 over 32 years.

The 1985 inflation rate was 4.40%. The inflation rate in 2017 was 1.56%. The 2017 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 1.14% per year between 2017 and 2019.


Inflation from 1985 to 2017
Cumulative price change 103.43%
Average inflation rate 2.24%
Converted amount ($100 base) $203.43
Price difference ($100 base) $103.43
CPI in 1985 64.100
CPI in 2017 130.400
Inflation in 1985 4.40%
Inflation in 2017 1.56%

CAD inflation chart from 1914 to 2017


Buying power of $100 in 1985

This chart shows calculation of buying power equivalence, often referred to as "the value of a dollar" over time for $100 in 1985 (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
1985 $100.00 4.40%
1986 $104.21 4.21%
1987 $108.58 4.19%
1988 $112.79 3.88%
1989 $118.72 5.26%
1990 $124.65 4.99%
1991 $129.33 3.75%
1992 $132.14 2.17%
1993 $134.32 1.65%
1994 $134.63 0.23%
1995 $136.97 1.74%
1996 $139.94 2.16%
1997 $141.03 0.78%
1998 $142.43 1.00%
1999 $146.18 2.63%
2000 $150.86 3.20%
2001 $151.95 0.72%
2002 $157.72 3.80%
2003 $161.00 2.08%
2004 $164.43 2.13%
2005 $167.86 2.09%
2006 $170.67 1.67%
2007 $174.73 2.38%
2008 $176.76 1.16%
2009 $179.10 1.32%
2010 $183.31 2.35%
2011 $187.52 2.30%
2012 $189.08 0.83%
2013 $191.42 1.24%
2014 $194.23 1.47%
2015 $197.35 1.61%
2016 $200.31 1.50%
2017 $203.43 1.56%
2018 $204.06 0.31%
2019 $208.11 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, 1985 to 2017

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017CPI in 1985
×
1985 CAD value
=
2017 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 64.1 in the year 1985 and 130.4 in 2017:

130.464.1
×
$100
=
$203.43

$100 in 1985 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $203.43 in 2017.

To get the total inflation rate for the 32 years between 1985 and 2017, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2017 - CPI in 1985CPI in 1985
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (32 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

130.4 - 64.164.1
×
100
=
103%

News headlines from 1985

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

  • Mikhail Gorbachev replaces Konstantin Chernenko as leader of the Soviet Union.
  • Earthquake with a magnitude of 8.1 rocks Mexico City and kills 10,000 people, leaving over 250,000 homeless.
  • Mikhail Gorbachev (leader of the Soviet Union) and Ronald Reagan (President of the United States) meet for the first time.
  • Ernie Wise makes the first mobile phone call in the UK.

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: “$100 in 1985 → 2017 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 16 Dec. 2019, https://www.officialdata.org/1985-CAD-in-2017?amount=100.

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 1985 to 2017
Cumulative price change 103.43%
Average inflation rate 2.24%
Converted amount ($100 base) $203.43
Price difference ($100 base) $103.43
CPI in 1985 64.100
CPI in 2017 130.400
Inflation in 1985 4.40%
Inflation in 2017 1.56%
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