# \$1 in 1916 → \$18.94 in 2020

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### Canadian Inflation Rate, \$1 from 1916 to 2020

According to Statistics Canada consumer price index, today's prices in 2020 are 1,794.44% higher than average prices since 1916. The Canadian dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.87% per year during this period, meaning the real value of a dollar decreased.

In other words, \$1 in 1916 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$18.94 in 2020, a difference of \$17.94 over 104 years.

The 1916 inflation rate was 14.29%. The current inflation rate (2019 to 2020) is now 2.25%1. If this number holds, \$1 today will be equivalent in buying power to \$1.02 next year.

 Cumulative price change 1,794.44% Average inflation rate 2.87% Converted amount (\$1 base) \$18.94 Price difference (\$1 base) \$17.94 CPI in 1916 7.200 CPI in 2020 136.400 Inflation in 1916 14.29% Inflation in 2020 2.25%

### Buying power of \$1 in 1916

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for \$1 in 1916 (price index tracking began in 1914).

For example, if you started with \$1, you would need to end with \$18.94 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When \$1 is equivalent to \$18.94 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 1916 dollars, the chart below shows how \$1 buys less over the past 104 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
1916 \$1.00 14.29%
1917 \$1.15 15.28%
1918 \$1.31 13.25%
1919 \$1.42 8.51%
1920 \$1.56 9.80%
1921 \$1.31 -16.07%
1922 \$1.28 -2.13%
1923 \$1.28 0.00%
1924 \$1.26 -1.09%
1925 \$1.29 2.20%
1926 \$1.28 -1.08%
1927 \$1.26 -1.09%
1928 \$1.28 1.10%
1929 \$1.31 2.17%
1930 \$1.22 -6.38%
1931 \$1.10 -10.23%
1932 \$1.01 -7.59%
1933 \$0.99 -2.74%
1934 \$1.00 1.41%
1935 \$1.03 2.78%
1936 \$1.04 1.35%
1937 \$1.08 4.00%
1938 \$1.06 -2.56%
1939 \$1.08 2.63%
1940 \$1.14 5.13%
1941 \$1.21 6.10%
1942 \$1.25 3.45%
1943 \$1.28 2.22%
1944 \$1.25 -2.17%
1945 \$1.28 2.22%
1946 \$1.35 5.43%
1947 \$1.54 14.43%
1948 \$1.68 9.01%
1949 \$1.69 0.83%
1950 \$1.79 5.74%
1951 \$1.99 10.85%
1952 \$1.96 -1.40%
1953 \$1.96 0.00%
1954 \$1.96 0.00%
1955 \$1.97 0.71%
1956 \$2.03 2.82%
1957 \$2.07 2.05%
1958 \$2.13 2.68%
1959 \$2.15 1.31%
1960 \$2.18 1.29%
1961 \$2.18 0.00%
1962 \$2.22 1.91%
1963 \$2.26 1.88%
1964 \$2.31 1.84%
1965 \$2.38 3.01%
1966 \$2.46 3.51%
1967 \$2.56 3.95%
1968 \$2.67 4.35%
1969 \$2.79 4.69%
1970 \$2.82 1.00%
1971 \$2.96 4.93%
1972 \$3.11 5.16%
1973 \$3.40 9.38%
1974 \$3.83 12.65%
1975 \$4.19 9.42%
1976 \$4.43 5.63%
1977 \$4.85 9.40%
1978 \$5.26 8.60%
1979 \$5.78 9.76%
1980 \$6.42 11.06%
1981 \$7.19 12.12%
1982 \$7.86 9.27%
1983 \$8.22 4.59%
1984 \$8.53 3.72%
1985 \$8.90 4.40%
1986 \$9.28 4.21%
1987 \$9.67 4.19%
1988 \$10.04 3.88%
1989 \$10.57 5.26%
1990 \$11.10 4.99%
1991 \$11.51 3.75%
1992 \$11.76 2.17%
1993 \$11.96 1.65%
1994 \$11.99 0.23%
1995 \$12.19 1.74%
1996 \$12.46 2.16%
1997 \$12.56 0.78%
1998 \$12.68 1.00%
1999 \$13.01 2.63%
2000 \$13.43 3.20%
2001 \$13.53 0.72%
2002 \$14.04 3.80%
2003 \$14.33 2.08%
2004 \$14.64 2.13%
2005 \$14.94 2.09%
2006 \$15.19 1.67%
2007 \$15.56 2.38%
2008 \$15.74 1.16%
2009 \$15.94 1.32%
2010 \$16.32 2.35%
2011 \$16.69 2.30%
2012 \$16.83 0.83%
2013 \$17.04 1.24%
2014 \$17.29 1.47%
2015 \$17.57 1.61%
2016 \$17.83 1.50%
2017 \$18.11 1.56%
2018 \$18.17 0.31%
2019 \$18.53 1.99%
2020 \$18.94 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 \$1 since 1916

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020CPI in 1916
×
=

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 7.2 in the year 1916 and 136.4 in 2020:

136.47.2
×
\$1
=
\$18.94

\$1 in 1916 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$18.94 in 2020.

To get the total inflation rate for the 104 years between 1916 and 2020, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2020 - CPI in 1916CPI in 1916
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (104 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

136.4 - 7.27.2
×
100
=
1,794%

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

• Ottoman forces successfully defend access to Constantinople, leading to ANZAC forces withdrawal from the Gallipoli Peninsula.
• An estimated 1 million men are killed during the Battle of Verdun.
• The Easter Rising ends after Irish republicans abandon the post office in Dublin and surrenders.
• Tanks known as 'Little Willies' are used for the first time at the Battle of the Somme.
• The first aerial combat in France is won by Manfred von Richthofen, known as The Red Baron, German Luftstreitkrafte flying ace.

### 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: “\$1 in 1916 → 2020 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 20 Feb. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/canada/inflation/1916?amount=1.