$100,000 in 1959 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $886,451.61 today, an increase of $786,451.61 over 62 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 3.58% per year between 1959 and today, producing a cumulative price increase of 786.45%.

This means that today's prices are 8.86 times higher than average prices since 1959, according to Statistics Canada consumer price index. A dollar today only buys 11.28% of what it could buy back then.

The 1959 inflation rate was 1.31%. The current year-over-year inflation rate (2020 to 2021) is now 0.73%^{1}.
If this number holds, $100,000 today will be equivalent in buying power to $100,733.14 next year.

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Cumulative price change | 786.45% |

Average inflation rate | 3.58% |

Converted amount ($100,000 base) | $886,451.61 |

Price difference ($100,000 base) | $786,451.61 |

CPI in 1959 | 15.500 |

CPI in 2021 | 137.400 |

Inflation in 1959 | 1.31% |

Inflation in 2021 | 0.73% |

$100,000 in 1959 | $886,451.61 in 2021 |

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 $886,451.61 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $100,000 is equivalent to $886,451.61 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 62 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 1959 amounts in today's dollars, based on the 786.45% change in prices:

Initial value | Equivalent value |
---|---|

$1 dollar in 1959 | $8.86 dollars today |

$5 dollars in 1959 | $44.32 dollars today |

$10 dollars in 1959 | $88.65 dollars today |

$50 dollars in 1959 | $443.23 dollars today |

$100 dollars in 1959 | $886.45 dollars today |

$500 dollars in 1959 | $4,432.26 dollars today |

$1,000 dollars in 1959 | $8,864.52 dollars today |

$5,000 dollars in 1959 | $44,322.58 dollars today |

$10,000 dollars in 1959 | $88,645.16 dollars today |

$50,000 dollars in 1959 | $443,225.81 dollars today |

$100,000 dollars in 1959 | $886,451.61 dollars today |

$500,000 dollars in 1959 | $4,432,258.06 dollars today |

$1,000,000 dollars in 1959 | $8,864,516.13 dollars today |

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 15.5 in the year 1959 and 137.4 in 2021:

137.415.5

×

$100,000

=

$100,000 in 1959 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $886,451.61 in 2021.

To get the total inflation rate for the 62 years between 1959 and 2021, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2021 - CPI in 1959CPI in 1959

×

100

=

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

137.4 - 15.515.5

×

100

=

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

- Hawaii becomes the 50th state of the United States of America.
- Luna I is the first spacecraft to leave the Earth's gravity.
- Fidel Castro becomes the 16th Prime Minister of Cuba after overthrowing Batista.
- The Dalai Lama flees China after India grants him political asylum.

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 → 2021 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 27 Sep. 2021, 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.

Cumulative price change | 786.45% |

Average inflation rate | 3.58% |

Converted amount ($100,000 base) | $886,451.61 |

Price difference ($100,000 base) | $786,451.61 |

CPI in 1959 | 15.500 |

CPI in 2021 | 137.400 |

Inflation in 1959 | 1.31% |

Inflation in 2021 | 0.73% |

$100,000 in 1959 | $886,451.61 in 2021 |