$100,000 in 1959 is worth $987,071.65 today

Value of $100,000 from 1959 to 2023

$100,000 in 1959 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $987,071.65 today, an increase of $887,071.65 over 64 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 3.64% per year between 1959 and today, producing a cumulative price increase of 887.07%.

This means that today's prices are 9.87 times as high as average prices since 1959, according to Statistics Canada consumer price index. A dollar today only buys 10.131% of what it could buy back then.

The inflation rate in 1959 was 1.21%. The current inflation rate compared to last year is now -0.30%. If this number holds, $100,000 today will be equivalent in buying power to $99,701.49 next year.


Inflation from 1959 to 2023
Cumulative price change887.07%
Average inflation rate3.64%
Converted amount ($100,000 base)$987,071.65
Price difference ($100,000 base)$887,071.65
CPI in 195915.333
CPI in 2023151.351
Inflation in 19591.21%
Inflation in 2023-0.30%
$100,000 in 1959$987,071.65 in 2023

CAD inflation since 1959
Annual Rate, Statistics Canada CPI
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Buying power of $100,000 in 1959

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $100,000 in 1959 (price index tracking began in 1914).

For example, if you started with $100,000, you would need to end with $987,071.65 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $100,000 is equivalent to $987,071.65 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 1959 dollars, the chart below shows how $100,000 is worth less over 64 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: 1959-2023
YearDollar ValueInflation Rate
1959$100,000.001.21%
1960$101,358.701.36%
1961$102,391.301.02%
1962$103,478.261.06%
1963$105,163.041.63%
1964$107,173.911.91%
1965$109,673.912.33%
1966$113,858.703.82%
1967$117,934.783.58%
1968$122,717.394.06%
1969$128,315.224.56%
1970$132,608.703.35%
1971$136,195.652.70%
1972$142,989.134.99%
1973$153,695.657.49%
1974$170,597.8311.00%
1975$188,804.3510.67%
1976$203,043.487.54%
1977$219,239.137.98%
1978$238,913.048.97%
1979$260,760.879.14%
1980$287,173.9110.13%
1981$322,989.1312.47%
1982$357,771.7410.77%
1983$378,750.005.86%
1984$395,054.354.30%
1985$410,706.523.96%
1986$427,934.784.19%
1987$446,576.094.36%
1988$464,565.224.03%
1989$487,717.394.98%
1990$511,032.614.78%
1991$539,782.615.63%
1992$547,826.091.49%
1993$558,043.481.87%
1994$558,967.390.17%
1995$570,978.262.15%
1996$579,945.651.57%
1997$589,347.831.62%
1998$595,217.391.00%
1999$605,543.481.73%
2000$622,010.872.72%
2001$637,717.392.53%
2002$652,119.572.26%
2003$670,108.702.76%
2004$682,554.351.86%
2005$697,663.042.21%
2006$711,630.442.00%
2007$726,847.832.14%
2008$744,076.092.37%
2009$746,304.350.30%
2010$759,565.221.78%
2011$781,684.782.91%
2012$793,532.611.52%
2013$800,978.260.94%
2014$816,250.001.91%
2015$825,434.781.13%
2016$837,228.261.43%
2017$850,597.831.60%
2018$869,891.302.27%
2019$886,847.831.95%
2020$893,206.520.72%
2021$923,532.613.40%
2022$990,026.967.20%
2023$987,071.65-0.30%*
* 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 1959 amounts in today's dollars, based on the 887.07% change in prices:

Conversion: 1959 dollars today
Initial valueEquivalent value
$1 dollar in 1959$9.87 dollars today
$5 dollars in 1959$49.35 dollars today
$10 dollars in 1959$98.71 dollars today
$50 dollars in 1959$493.54 dollars today
$100 dollars in 1959$987.07 dollars today
$500 dollars in 1959$4,935.36 dollars today
$1,000 dollars in 1959$9,870.72 dollars today
$5,000 dollars in 1959$49,353.58 dollars today
$10,000 dollars in 1959$98,707.17 dollars today
$50,000 dollars in 1959$493,535.83 dollars today
$100,000 dollars in 1959$987,071.65 dollars today
$500,000 dollars in 1959$4,935,358.25 dollars today
$1,000,000 dollars in 1959$9,870,716.50 dollars today

How to calculate inflation rate for $100,000 since 1959

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1959 and today:

CPI today CPI in 1959
×
1959 CAD value
=
Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 15.33333333 in the year 1959 and 151.35098631039997 in 2023:

151.3509863103999715.33333333
×
$100,000
=
$987,071.65

$100,000 in 1959 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $987,071.65 in 2023.

To get the total inflation rate for the 64 years between 1959 and 2023, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2023 - CPI in 1959CPI in 1959
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (64 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

151.35098631039997 - 15.3333333315.33333333
×
100
=
887%

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: “$100,000 in 1959 → 2023 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 8 Feb. 2023, https://www.officialdata.org/canada/inflation/1959?amount=100000.

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 1959 to 2023
Cumulative price change887.07%
Average inflation rate3.64%
Converted amount ($100,000 base)$987,071.65
Price difference ($100,000 base)$887,071.65
CPI in 195915.333
CPI in 2023151.351
Inflation in 19591.21%
Inflation in 2023-0.30%
$100,000 in 1959$987,071.65 in 2023