$100 in 1938 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $1,807.89 today, an increase of $1,707.89 over 83 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 3.55% per year between 1938 and today, producing a cumulative price increase of 1,707.89%.

This means that today's prices are 18.08 times higher than average prices since 1938, according to Statistics Canada consumer price index. A dollar today only buys 5.53% of what it could buy back then.

The 1938 inflation rate was -2.56%. The current year-over-year inflation rate (2020 to 2021) is now 0.73%^{1}.
If this number holds, $100 today will be equivalent in buying power to $100.73 next year.

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Cumulative price change | 1,707.89% |

Average inflation rate | 3.55% |

Converted amount ($100 base) | $1,807.89 |

Price difference ($100 base) | $1,707.89 |

CPI in 1938 | 7.600 |

CPI in 2021 | 137.400 |

Inflation in 1938 | -2.56% |

Inflation in 2021 | 0.73% |

$100 in 1938 | $1,807.89 in 2021 |

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $100 in 1938 (price index tracking began in 1914).

For example, if you started with $100, you would need to end with $1,807.89 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $100 is equivalent to $1,807.89 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 1938 dollars, the chart below shows how $100 is worth less over 83 years.

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

This conversion table shows various other 1938 amounts in today's dollars, based on the 1,707.89% change in prices:

Initial value | Equivalent value |
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$1 dollar in 1938 | $18.08 dollars today |

$5 dollars in 1938 | $90.39 dollars today |

$10 dollars in 1938 | $180.79 dollars today |

$50 dollars in 1938 | $903.95 dollars today |

$100 dollars in 1938 | $1,807.89 dollars today |

$500 dollars in 1938 | $9,039.47 dollars today |

$1,000 dollars in 1938 | $18,078.95 dollars today |

$5,000 dollars in 1938 | $90,394.74 dollars today |

$10,000 dollars in 1938 | $180,789.47 dollars today |

$50,000 dollars in 1938 | $903,947.37 dollars today |

$100,000 dollars in 1938 | $1,807,894.74 dollars today |

$500,000 dollars in 1938 | $9,039,473.68 dollars today |

$1,000,000 dollars in 1938 | $18,078,947.37 dollars today |

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1938 and today:

CPI today
CPI in 1938

×

1938 CAD value

=

Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 7.6 in the year 1938 and 137.4 in 2021:

137.47.6

×

$100

=

$100 in 1938 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $1,807.89 in 2021.

To get the total inflation rate for the 83 years between 1938 and 2021, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2021 - CPI in 1938CPI in 1938

×

100

=

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

137.4 - 7.67.6

×

100

=

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

- Anthony Eden resigns as United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary after stating that Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain has appeased Nazi Germany.
- Czechoslovakia is forced to give territory to Germany after the Treaty of Munich was signed by Hitler, Mussolini, Daladier and Chamberlain.
- Joseph Kennedy is named the 44th US Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

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: “Value of 1938 dollars today | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 16 Sep. 2021, https://www.officialdata.org/canada/inflation/1938.

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

Cumulative price change | 1,707.89% |

Average inflation rate | 3.55% |

Converted amount ($100 base) | $1,807.89 |

Price difference ($100 base) | $1,707.89 |

CPI in 1938 | 7.600 |

CPI in 2021 | 137.400 |

Inflation in 1938 | -2.56% |

Inflation in 2021 | 0.73% |

$100 in 1938 | $1,807.89 in 2021 |