$1 in 1985 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $1.25 in 1990, an increase of $0.25 over 5 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 4.51% per year between 1985 and 1990, producing a cumulative price increase of 24.65%.

This means that prices in 1990 are 1.25 times higher than average prices since 1985, according to Statistics Canada consumer price index.

The 1985 inflation rate was 4.40%. The inflation rate in 1990 was 4.99%. The 1990 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 1.80% per year between 1990 and 2020.

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Cumulative price change | 24.65% |

Average inflation rate | 4.51% |

Converted amount ($1 base) | $1.25 |

Price difference ($1 base) | $0.25 |

CPI in 1985 | 64.100 |

CPI in 1990 | 79.900 |

Inflation in 1985 | 4.40% |

Inflation in 1990 | 4.99% |

$1 in 1985 | $1.25 in 1990 |

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $1 in 1985 (price index tracking began in 1914).

For example, if you started with $1, you would need to end with $1.25 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $1 is equivalent to $1.25 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 1985 dollars, the chart below shows how $1 is worth less over 5 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 1985 amounts in 1990 dollars, based on the 24.65% change in prices:

Initial value | Equivalent value |
---|---|

$1 dollar in 1985 | $1.25 dollars in 1990 |

$5 dollars in 1985 | $6.23 dollars in 1990 |

$10 dollars in 1985 | $12.46 dollars in 1990 |

$50 dollars in 1985 | $62.32 dollars in 1990 |

$100 dollars in 1985 | $124.65 dollars in 1990 |

$500 dollars in 1985 | $623.24 dollars in 1990 |

$1,000 dollars in 1985 | $1,246.49 dollars in 1990 |

$5,000 dollars in 1985 | $6,232.45 dollars in 1990 |

$10,000 dollars in 1985 | $12,464.90 dollars in 1990 |

$50,000 dollars in 1985 | $62,324.49 dollars in 1990 |

$100,000 dollars in 1985 | $124,648.99 dollars in 1990 |

$500,000 dollars in 1985 | $623,244.93 dollars in 1990 |

$1,000,000 dollars in 1985 | $1,246,489.86 dollars in 1990 |

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1985 and 1990:

CPI in 1990
CPI in 1985

×

1985 CAD value

=

1990 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 64.1 in the year 1985 and 79.9 in 1990:

79.964.1

×

$1

=

$1 in 1985 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $1.25 in 1990.

To get the total inflation rate for the 5 years between 1985 and 1990, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1990 - CPI in 1985CPI in 1985

×

100

=

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

79.9 - 64.164.1

×

100

=

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

- Mikhail Gorbachev replaces Konstantin Chernenko as leader of the Soviet Union.
- Earthquake with a magnitude of 8.1 rocks Mexico City and kills 10,000 people, leaving over 250,000 homeless.
- Mikhail Gorbachev (leader of the Soviet Union) and Ronald Reagan (President of the United States) meet for the first time.
- Ernie Wise makes the first mobile phone call in the UK.

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 1985 → 1990 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 17 Jan. 2021, https://www.officialdata.org/canada/inflation/1985?amount=1&endYear=1990.

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.

Cumulative price change | 24.65% |

Average inflation rate | 4.51% |

Converted amount ($1 base) | $1.25 |

Price difference ($1 base) | $0.25 |

CPI in 1985 | 64.100 |

CPI in 1990 | 79.900 |

Inflation in 1985 | 4.40% |

Inflation in 1990 | 4.99% |

$1 in 1985 | $1.25 in 1990 |