According to Statistics Canada consumer price index, today's prices in 2020 are 768.79% higher than average prices since 1960. The Canadian dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.67% per year during this period, causing the real value of a dollar to decrease.

In other words, $100 in 1960 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $868.79 in 2020, a difference of $768.79 over 60 years.

The 1960 inflation rate was 1.29%. The current year-over-year inflation rate (2019 to 2020) is now 2.25%^{1}.
If this number holds, $100 today will be equivalent in buying power to $102.25 next year.

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Cumulative price change | 768.79% |

Average inflation rate | 3.67% |

Converted amount ($100 base) | $868.79 |

Price difference ($100 base) | $768.79 |

CPI in 1960 | 15.700 |

CPI in 2020 | 136.400 |

Inflation in 1960 | 1.29% |

Inflation in 2020 | 2.25% |

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $100 in 1960 (price index tracking began in 1914).

For example, if you started with $100, you would need to end with $868.79 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $100 is equivalent to $868.79 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 1960 dollars, the chart below shows how $100 is worth less over 60 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 1960 amounts in today's dollars, based on the 768.79% change in prices:

Initial value | Equivalent value |
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$1 dollar in 1960 | $8.69 dollars today |

$5 dollars in 1960 | $43.44 dollars today |

$10 dollars in 1960 | $86.88 dollars today |

$50 dollars in 1960 | $434.39 dollars today |

$100 dollars in 1960 | $868.79 dollars today |

$500 dollars in 1960 | $4,343.95 dollars today |

$1,000 dollars in 1960 | $8,687.90 dollars today |

$5,000 dollars in 1960 | $43,439.49 dollars today |

$10,000 dollars in 1960 | $86,878.98 dollars today |

$50,000 dollars in 1960 | $434,394.90 dollars today |

$100,000 dollars in 1960 | $868,789.81 dollars today |

$500,000 dollars in 1960 | $4,343,949.04 dollars today |

$1,000,000 dollars in 1960 | $8,687,898.09 dollars today |

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1960 and today:

CPI today
CPI in 1960

×

1960 CAD value

=

Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 15.7 in the year 1960 and 136.4 in 2020:

136.415.7

×

$100

=

$100 in 1960 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $868.79 in 2020.

To get the total inflation rate for the 60 years between 1960 and 2020, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2020 - CPI in 1960CPI in 1960

×

100

=

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

136.4 - 15.715.7

×

100

=

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

- Johnny Cash plays his first concert in a prison.
- The Bank of France issues new franc currency, worth 100 times the value of old francs.
- France grants independence to Cameroon (previously French Cameroon) after years of fighting.
- Guided missiles are launched for the first time from a nuclear powered submarine

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 in 1960 → 2020 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 1 Jun. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/canada/inflation/1960?amount=100&endYear=2020.

Special thanks to QuickChart for providing downloadable chart images.

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

Cumulative price change | 768.79% |

Average inflation rate | 3.67% |

Converted amount ($100 base) | $868.79 |

Price difference ($100 base) | $768.79 |

CPI in 1960 | 15.700 |

CPI in 2020 | 136.400 |

Inflation in 1960 | 1.29% |

Inflation in 2020 | 2.25% |