$1 in 1975 is worth $1.38 in 1979

Value of $1 from 1975 to 1979

According to Statistics Canada consumer price index, prices in 1979 are 37.75% higher than average prices since 1975. The Canadian dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 8.34% per year during this period, causing the real value of a dollar to decrease.

In other words, $1 in 1975 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $1.38 in 1979, a difference of $0.38 over 4 years.

The 1975 inflation rate was 9.42%. The inflation rate in 1979 was 9.76%. The 1979 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 2.94% per year between 1979 and 2020.


Inflation from 1975 to 1979
Cumulative price change 37.75%
Average inflation rate 8.34%
Converted amount ($1 base) $1.38
Price difference ($1 base) $0.38
CPI in 1975 30.200
CPI in 1979 41.600
Inflation in 1975 9.42%
Inflation in 1979 9.76%

CAD Inflation since 1914
Annual Rate, Statistics Canada CPI
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Buying power of $1 in 1975

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $1 in 1975 (price index tracking began in 1914).

For example, if you started with $1, you would need to end with $1.38 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $1 is equivalent to $1.38 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 1975 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: 1975-1979
Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1975 $1.00 9.42%
1976 $1.06 5.63%
1977 $1.16 9.40%
1978 $1.25 8.60%
1979 $1.38 9.76%
1980 $1.53 11.06%
1981 $1.72 12.12%
1982 $1.87 9.27%
1983 $1.96 4.59%
1984 $2.03 3.72%
1985 $2.12 4.40%
1986 $2.21 4.21%
1987 $2.30 4.19%
1988 $2.39 3.88%
1989 $2.52 5.26%
1990 $2.65 4.99%
1991 $2.75 3.75%
1992 $2.80 2.17%
1993 $2.85 1.65%
1994 $2.86 0.23%
1995 $2.91 1.74%
1996 $2.97 2.16%
1997 $2.99 0.78%
1998 $3.02 1.00%
1999 $3.10 2.63%
2000 $3.20 3.20%
2001 $3.23 0.72%
2002 $3.35 3.80%
2003 $3.42 2.08%
2004 $3.49 2.13%
2005 $3.56 2.09%
2006 $3.62 1.67%
2007 $3.71 2.38%
2008 $3.75 1.16%
2009 $3.80 1.32%
2010 $3.89 2.35%
2011 $3.98 2.30%
2012 $4.01 0.83%
2013 $4.06 1.24%
2014 $4.12 1.47%
2015 $4.19 1.61%
2016 $4.25 1.50%
2017 $4.32 1.56%
2018 $4.33 0.31%
2019 $4.42 1.99%
2020 $4.52 2.25%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.

This conversion table shows various other 1975 amounts in 1979 dollars, based on the 37.75% change in prices:

Conversion Table: Value of a dollar in 1979
Initial value Equivalent value
$1 dollar in 1975 $1.38 dollars in 1979
$5 dollars in 1975 $6.89 dollars in 1979
$10 dollars in 1975 $13.77 dollars in 1979
$50 dollars in 1975 $68.87 dollars in 1979
$100 dollars in 1975 $137.75 dollars in 1979
$500 dollars in 1975 $688.74 dollars in 1979
$1,000 dollars in 1975 $1,377.48 dollars in 1979
$5,000 dollars in 1975 $6,887.42 dollars in 1979
$10,000 dollars in 1975 $13,774.83 dollars in 1979
$50,000 dollars in 1975 $68,874.17 dollars in 1979
$100,000 dollars in 1975 $137,748.34 dollars in 1979
$500,000 dollars in 1975 $688,741.72 dollars in 1979
$1,000,000 dollars in 1975 $1,377,483.44 dollars in 1979

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $1, 1975 to 1979

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1975 and 1979:

CPI in 1979 CPI in 1975
×
1975 CAD value
=
1979 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 30.2 in the year 1975 and 41.6 in 1979:

41.630.2
×
$1
=
$1.38

$1 in 1975 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $1.38 in 1979.

To get the total inflation rate for the 4 years between 1975 and 1979, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1979 - CPI in 1975CPI in 1975
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (4 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

41.6 - 30.230.2
×
100
=
38%

News headlines from 1975

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

  • Margaret Thatcher becomes leader of the British Conservative Party, after defeating Edward Heath.
  • Ethiopia abrogates its 3,000-year-old monarchy.
  • Bill Gates and Paul Allen found Microsoft.
  • The US signals the beginning of the end of its involvement Vietnam, after it begins to evacuate its citizens from Saigon.
  • Gough Whitlam is removed by Governor General Sir John Kerr: the first time an elected Prime Minister had been deposed in 200 years (Australia).

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 1975 → 1979 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 30 May. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/canada/inflation/1975?amount=1&endYear=1979.

Special thanks to QuickChart for providing downloadable chart images.

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 1975 to 1979
Cumulative price change 37.75%
Average inflation rate 8.34%
Converted amount ($1 base) $1.38
Price difference ($1 base) $0.38
CPI in 1975 30.200
CPI in 1979 41.600
Inflation in 1975 9.42%
Inflation in 1979 9.76%