$100 in 1949 is worth $1,244.83 today

The Canadian dollar has lost 92% its value since 1949

Updated: January 13, 2022

$100 in 1949 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $1,244.83 today, an increase of $1,144.83 over 74 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 3.47% per year between 1949 and today, producing a cumulative price increase of 1,144.83%.

This means that today's prices are 12.45 times as high as average prices since 1949, according to Statistics Canada consumer price index. A dollar today only buys 8.033% of what it could buy back then.

The inflation rate in 1949 was 3.48%. The current inflation rate compared to last year is now -0.30%. If this number holds, $100 today will be equivalent in buying power to $99.70 next year.


Inflation from 1949 to 2023
Cumulative price change1,144.83%
Average inflation rate3.47%
Converted amount ($100 base)$1,244.83
Price difference ($100 base)$1,144.83
CPI in 194912.158
CPI in 2023151.351
Inflation in 19493.48%
Inflation in 2023-0.30%
$100 in 1949$1,244.83 in 2023

CAD inflation since 1949
Annual Rate, Statistics Canada CPI
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Buying power of $100 in 1949

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $100 in 1949 (price index tracking began in 1914).

For example, if you started with $100, you would need to end with $1,244.83 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $100 is equivalent to $1,244.83 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 1949 dollars, the chart below shows how $100 is worth less over 74 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: 1949-2023
YearDollar ValueInflation Rate
1949$100.003.48%
1950$102.672.67%
1951$113.5010.55%
1952$116.452.60%
1953$115.28-1.00%
1954$116.040.65%
1955$116.240.18%
1956$117.821.36%
1957$121.733.32%
1958$124.612.36%
1959$126.111.21%
1960$127.831.36%
1961$129.131.02%
1962$130.501.06%
1963$132.631.63%
1964$135.161.91%
1965$138.312.33%
1966$143.593.82%
1967$148.733.58%
1968$154.764.06%
1969$161.824.56%
1970$167.243.35%
1971$171.762.70%
1972$180.334.99%
1973$193.837.49%
1974$215.1511.00%
1975$238.1110.67%
1976$256.077.54%
1977$276.497.98%
1978$301.308.97%
1979$328.869.14%
1980$362.1710.13%
1981$407.3312.47%
1982$451.2010.77%
1983$477.665.86%
1984$498.224.30%
1985$517.963.96%
1986$539.684.19%
1987$563.194.36%
1988$585.884.03%
1989$615.084.98%
1990$644.484.78%
1991$680.745.63%
1992$690.881.49%
1993$703.771.87%
1994$704.930.17%
1995$720.082.15%
1996$731.391.57%
1997$743.251.62%
1998$750.651.00%
1999$763.671.73%
2000$784.442.72%
2001$804.252.53%
2002$822.412.26%
2003$845.102.76%
2004$860.801.86%
2005$879.852.21%
2006$897.462.00%
2007$916.662.14%
2008$938.382.37%
2009$941.190.30%
2010$957.921.78%
2011$985.812.91%
2012$1,000.751.52%
2013$1,010.140.94%
2014$1,029.401.91%
2015$1,040.991.13%
2016$1,055.861.43%
2017$1,072.721.60%
2018$1,097.052.27%
2019$1,118.441.95%
2020$1,126.460.72%
2021$1,164.703.40%
2022$1,248.567.20%
2023$1,244.83-0.30%*
* 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 1949 amounts in today's dollars, based on the 1,144.83% change in prices:

Conversion: 1949 dollars today
Initial valueEquivalent value
$1 dollar in 1949$12.45 dollars today
$5 dollars in 1949$62.24 dollars today
$10 dollars in 1949$124.48 dollars today
$50 dollars in 1949$622.42 dollars today
$100 dollars in 1949$1,244.83 dollars today
$500 dollars in 1949$6,224.17 dollars today
$1,000 dollars in 1949$12,448.33 dollars today
$5,000 dollars in 1949$62,241.67 dollars today
$10,000 dollars in 1949$124,483.33 dollars today
$50,000 dollars in 1949$622,416.67 dollars today
$100,000 dollars in 1949$1,244,833.34 dollars today
$500,000 dollars in 1949$6,224,166.68 dollars today
$1,000,000 dollars in 1949$12,448,333.35 dollars today

How to calculate inflation rate for $100 since 1949

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1949 and today:

CPI today CPI in 1949
×
1949 CAD value
=
Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 12.15833333 in the year 1949 and 151.35098631039997 in 2023:

151.3509863103999712.15833333
×
$100
=
$1,244.83

$100 in 1949 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $1,244.83 in 2023.

To get the total inflation rate for the 74 years between 1949 and 2023, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2023 - CPI in 1949CPI in 1949
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (74 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

151.35098631039997 - 12.1583333312.15833333
×
100
=
1,145%

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: “Value of 1949 Canadian dollars today | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 6 Feb. 2023, https://www.officialdata.org/canada/inflation/1949.

Special thanks to QuickChart for their chart image API, which is used for chart downloads.

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 1949 to 2023
Cumulative price change1,144.83%
Average inflation rate3.47%
Converted amount ($100 base)$1,244.83
Price difference ($100 base)$1,144.83
CPI in 194912.158
CPI in 2023151.351
Inflation in 19493.48%
Inflation in 2023-0.30%
$100 in 1949$1,244.83 in 2023