# \$100 in 1981 → \$263.32 in 2020

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### Canadian Inflation Rate, \$100 from 1981 to 2020

According to Statistics Canada consumer price index, today's prices in 2020 are 163.32% higher than average prices since 1981. The Canadian dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.51% per year during this period, meaning the real value of a dollar decreased.

In other words, \$100 in 1981 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$263.32 in 2020, a difference of \$163.32 over 39 years.

The 1981 inflation rate was 12.12%. 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 163.32% Average inflation rate 2.51% Converted amount (\$100 base) \$263.32 Price difference (\$100 base) \$163.32 CPI in 1981 51.800 CPI in 2020 136.400 Inflation in 1981 12.12% Inflation in 2020 2.25%

### Buying power of \$100 in 1981

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for \$100 in 1981 (price index tracking began in 1914).

For example, if you started with \$100, you would need to end with \$263.32 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When \$100 is equivalent to \$263.32 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 1981 dollars, the chart below shows how \$100 buys less over the past 39 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
1981 \$100.00 12.12%
1982 \$109.27 9.27%
1983 \$114.29 4.59%
1984 \$118.53 3.72%
1985 \$123.75 4.40%
1986 \$128.96 4.21%
1987 \$134.36 4.19%
1988 \$139.58 3.88%
1989 \$146.91 5.26%
1990 \$154.25 4.99%
1991 \$160.04 3.75%
1992 \$163.51 2.17%
1993 \$166.22 1.65%
1994 \$166.60 0.23%
1995 \$169.50 1.74%
1996 \$173.17 2.16%
1997 \$174.52 0.78%
1998 \$176.25 1.00%
1999 \$180.89 2.63%
2000 \$186.68 3.20%
2001 \$188.03 0.72%
2002 \$195.17 3.80%
2003 \$199.23 2.08%
2004 \$203.47 2.13%
2005 \$207.72 2.09%
2006 \$211.20 1.67%
2007 \$216.22 2.38%
2008 \$218.73 1.16%
2009 \$221.62 1.32%
2010 \$226.83 2.35%
2011 \$232.05 2.30%
2012 \$233.98 0.83%
2013 \$236.87 1.24%
2014 \$240.35 1.47%
2015 \$244.21 1.61%
2016 \$247.88 1.50%
2017 \$251.74 1.56%
2018 \$252.51 0.31%
2019 \$257.53 1.99%
2020 \$263.32 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 1981

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020CPI in 1981
×
=

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 51.8 in the year 1981 and 136.4 in 2020:

136.451.8
×
\$100
=
\$263.32

\$100 in 1981 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$263.32 in 2020.

To get the total inflation rate for the 39 years between 1981 and 2020, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2020 - CPI in 1981CPI in 1981
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (39 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

136.4 - 51.851.8
×
100
=
163%

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

• Ronald Reagan is inaugurated as the President of the United States.
• IBM introduces its first PC - Personal Computer.
• United States Center for Disease Control reports that pneumonia is affecting five homosexual men in Los Angeles, which marks the beginning of the AIDS epidemic.

### 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: “1981 dollars in 2020 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 15 Feb. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/canada/inflation/1981?amount=&startYear=&future_pct=.

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

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.

 Cumulative price change 163.32% Average inflation rate 2.51% Converted amount (\$100 base) \$263.32 Price difference (\$100 base) \$163.32 CPI in 1981 51.800 CPI in 2020 136.400 Inflation in 1981 12.12% Inflation in 2020 2.25%