\$100 in 1974 → \$494.20 in 2020

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Canadian Inflation Rate, \$100 from 1974 to 2020

According to Statistics Canada consumer price index, today's prices in 2020 are 394.20% higher than average prices since 1974. The Canadian dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.53% per year during this period, meaning the real value of a dollar decreased.

In other words, \$100 in 1974 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$494.20 in 2020, a difference of \$394.20 over 46 years.

The 1974 inflation rate was 12.65%. The current 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.

 Cumulative price change 394.20% Average inflation rate 3.53% Converted amount (\$100 base) \$494.20 Price difference (\$100 base) \$394.20 CPI in 1974 27.600 CPI in 2020 136.400 Inflation in 1974 12.65% Inflation in 2020 2.25%

CAD Inflation since 1914
Annual Rate, Statistics Canada CPI

Buying power of \$100 in 1974

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for \$100 in 1974 (price index tracking began in 1914).

For example, if you started with \$100, you would need to end with \$494.20 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When \$100 is equivalent to \$494.20 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 1974 dollars, the chart below shows how \$100 buys less over the past 46 years.

According to Statistics Canada, each of these CAD amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1974 \$100.00 12.65%
1975 \$109.42 9.42%
1976 \$115.58 5.63%
1977 \$126.45 9.40%
1978 \$137.32 8.60%
1979 \$150.72 9.76%
1980 \$167.39 11.06%
1981 \$187.68 12.12%
1982 \$205.07 9.27%
1983 \$214.49 4.59%
1984 \$222.46 3.72%
1985 \$232.25 4.40%
1986 \$242.03 4.21%
1987 \$252.17 4.19%
1988 \$261.96 3.88%
1989 \$275.72 5.26%
1990 \$289.49 4.99%
1991 \$300.36 3.75%
1992 \$306.88 2.17%
1993 \$311.96 1.65%
1994 \$312.68 0.23%
1995 \$318.12 1.74%
1996 \$325.00 2.16%
1997 \$327.54 0.78%
1998 \$330.80 1.00%
1999 \$339.49 2.63%
2000 \$350.36 3.20%
2001 \$352.90 0.72%
2002 \$366.30 3.80%
2003 \$373.91 2.08%
2004 \$381.88 2.13%
2005 \$389.86 2.09%
2006 \$396.38 1.67%
2007 \$405.80 2.38%
2008 \$410.51 1.16%
2009 \$415.94 1.32%
2010 \$425.72 2.35%
2011 \$435.51 2.30%
2012 \$439.13 0.83%
2013 \$444.57 1.24%
2014 \$451.09 1.47%
2015 \$458.33 1.61%
2016 \$465.22 1.50%
2017 \$472.46 1.56%
2018 \$473.91 0.31%
2019 \$483.33 1.99%
2020 \$494.20 2.25%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.
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How to Calculate Inflation Rate for \$100 since 1974

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020CPI in 1974
×
=

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 27.6 in the year 1974 and 136.4 in 2020:

136.427.6
×
\$100
=
\$494.20

\$100 in 1974 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$494.20 in 2020.

To get the total inflation rate for the 46 years between 1974 and 2020, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2020 - CPI in 1974CPI in 1974
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (46 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

136.4 - 27.627.6
×
100
=
394%

News headlines from 1974

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

• Ayatollah Khomeini, appeals for an Islamic republic of Iran.
• The 1,000th victim of the Northern Ireland conflict between republican and loyalist paramilitaries is taken.
• President Richard Nixon announces his resignation.

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: “1974 dollars in 2020 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 24 Feb. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/canada/inflation/1974?amount=&startYear=&future_pct=.

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