$1 in 1970 is worth $1.36 in 1974

Value of $1 from 1970 to 1974

According to Statistics Canada consumer price index, prices in 1974 are 35.96% higher than average prices since 1970. The Canadian dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 7.98% per year during this period, causing the real value of a dollar to decrease.

In other words, $1 in 1970 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $1.36 in 1974, a difference of $0.36 over 4 years.

The 1970 inflation rate was 1.00%. The inflation rate in 1974 was 12.65%. The 1974 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 3.53% per year between 1974 and 2020.


Inflation from 1970 to 1974
Cumulative price change 35.96%
Average inflation rate 7.98%
Converted amount ($1 base) $1.36
Price difference ($1 base) $0.36
CPI in 1970 20.300
CPI in 1974 27.600
Inflation in 1970 1.00%
Inflation in 1974 12.65%

CAD Inflation since 1914
Annual Rate, Statistics Canada CPI
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Buying power of $1 in 1970

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $1 in 1970 (price index tracking began in 1914).

For example, if you started with $1, you would need to end with $1.36 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $1 is equivalent to $1.36 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 1970 dollars, the chart below shows how $1 is worth less over 4 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: 1970-1974
Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1970 $1.00 1.00%
1971 $1.05 4.93%
1972 $1.10 5.16%
1973 $1.21 9.38%
1974 $1.36 12.65%
1975 $1.49 9.42%
1976 $1.57 5.63%
1977 $1.72 9.40%
1978 $1.87 8.60%
1979 $2.05 9.76%
1980 $2.28 11.06%
1981 $2.55 12.12%
1982 $2.79 9.27%
1983 $2.92 4.59%
1984 $3.02 3.72%
1985 $3.16 4.40%
1986 $3.29 4.21%
1987 $3.43 4.19%
1988 $3.56 3.88%
1989 $3.75 5.26%
1990 $3.94 4.99%
1991 $4.08 3.75%
1992 $4.17 2.17%
1993 $4.24 1.65%
1994 $4.25 0.23%
1995 $4.33 1.74%
1996 $4.42 2.16%
1997 $4.45 0.78%
1998 $4.50 1.00%
1999 $4.62 2.63%
2000 $4.76 3.20%
2001 $4.80 0.72%
2002 $4.98 3.80%
2003 $5.08 2.08%
2004 $5.19 2.13%
2005 $5.30 2.09%
2006 $5.39 1.67%
2007 $5.52 2.38%
2008 $5.58 1.16%
2009 $5.66 1.32%
2010 $5.79 2.35%
2011 $5.92 2.30%
2012 $5.97 0.83%
2013 $6.04 1.24%
2014 $6.13 1.47%
2015 $6.23 1.61%
2016 $6.33 1.50%
2017 $6.42 1.56%
2018 $6.44 0.31%
2019 $6.57 1.99%
2020 $6.72 2.25%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.

This conversion table shows various other 1970 amounts in 1974 dollars, based on the 35.96% change in prices:

Conversion Table: Value of a dollar in 1974
Initial value Equivalent value
$1 dollar in 1970 $1.36 dollars in 1974
$5 dollars in 1970 $6.80 dollars in 1974
$10 dollars in 1970 $13.60 dollars in 1974
$50 dollars in 1970 $67.98 dollars in 1974
$100 dollars in 1970 $135.96 dollars in 1974
$500 dollars in 1970 $679.80 dollars in 1974
$1,000 dollars in 1970 $1,359.61 dollars in 1974
$5,000 dollars in 1970 $6,798.03 dollars in 1974
$10,000 dollars in 1970 $13,596.06 dollars in 1974
$50,000 dollars in 1970 $67,980.30 dollars in 1974
$100,000 dollars in 1970 $135,960.59 dollars in 1974
$500,000 dollars in 1970 $679,802.96 dollars in 1974
$1,000,000 dollars in 1970 $1,359,605.91 dollars in 1974

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $1, 1970 to 1974

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1970 and 1974:

CPI in 1974 CPI in 1970
×
1970 CAD value
=
1974 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 20.3 in the year 1970 and 27.6 in 1974:

27.620.3
×
$1
=
$1.36

$1 in 1970 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $1.36 in 1974.

To get the total inflation rate for the 4 years between 1970 and 1974, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1974 - CPI in 1970CPI in 1970
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (4 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

27.6 - 20.320.3
×
100
=
36%

News headlines from 1970

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

  • January 1st, 1970 established as Epoch time for UNIX systems.
  • Rhodesia declares independence and sets up a republican government.
  • Aswan Dam opens in Egypt to prevent flooding of the Nile River.
  • A Palestinian terrorist organization hijacks three aircrafts in an incident that is later known as Black September.

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: “$1 in 1970 → 1974 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 7 Aug. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/canada/inflation/1970?amount=1&endYear=1974.

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 1970 to 1974
Cumulative price change 35.96%
Average inflation rate 7.98%
Converted amount ($1 base) $1.36
Price difference ($1 base) $0.36
CPI in 1970 20.300
CPI in 1974 27.600
Inflation in 1970 1.00%
Inflation in 1974 12.65%