# \$100 in 1990 is worth \$170.71 today

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## Value of \$100 from 1990 to 2020

According to Statistics Canada consumer price index, today's prices in 2020 are 70.71% higher than average prices since 1990. The Canadian dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 1.80% per year during this period, causing the real value of a dollar to decrease.

In other words, \$100 in 1990 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$170.71 in 2020, a difference of \$70.71 over 30 years.

The 1990 inflation rate was 4.99%. The current year-over-year 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 70.71% Average inflation rate 1.80% Converted amount (\$100 base) \$170.71 Price difference (\$100 base) \$70.71 CPI in 1990 79.900 CPI in 2020 136.400 Inflation in 1990 4.99% Inflation in 2020 2.25%

## Buying power of \$100 in 1990

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for \$100 in 1990 (price index tracking began in 1914).

For example, if you started with \$100, you would need to end with \$170.71 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When \$100 is equivalent to \$170.71 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 1990 dollars, the chart below shows how \$100 is worth less over 30 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: 1990-2020
Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1990 \$100.00 4.99%
1991 \$103.75 3.75%
1992 \$106.01 2.17%
1993 \$107.76 1.65%
1994 \$108.01 0.23%
1995 \$109.89 1.74%
1996 \$112.27 2.16%
1997 \$113.14 0.78%
1998 \$114.27 1.00%
1999 \$117.27 2.63%
2000 \$121.03 3.20%
2001 \$121.90 0.72%
2002 \$126.53 3.80%
2003 \$129.16 2.08%
2004 \$131.91 2.13%
2005 \$134.67 2.09%
2006 \$136.92 1.67%
2007 \$140.18 2.38%
2008 \$141.80 1.16%
2009 \$143.68 1.32%
2010 \$147.06 2.35%
2011 \$150.44 2.30%
2012 \$151.69 0.83%
2013 \$153.57 1.24%
2014 \$155.82 1.47%
2015 \$158.32 1.61%
2016 \$160.70 1.50%
2017 \$163.20 1.56%
2018 \$163.70 0.31%
2019 \$166.96 1.99%
2020 \$170.71 2.25%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.
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This conversion table shows various other 1990 amounts in today's dollars, based on the 70.71% change in prices:

Conversion Table: Value of a dollar today
Initial value Equivalent value
\$1 dollar in 1990 \$1.71 dollars today
\$5 dollars in 1990 \$8.54 dollars today
\$10 dollars in 1990 \$17.07 dollars today
\$50 dollars in 1990 \$85.36 dollars today
\$100 dollars in 1990 \$170.71 dollars today
\$500 dollars in 1990 \$853.57 dollars today
\$1,000 dollars in 1990 \$1,707.13 dollars today
\$5,000 dollars in 1990 \$8,535.67 dollars today
\$10,000 dollars in 1990 \$17,071.34 dollars today
\$50,000 dollars in 1990 \$85,356.70 dollars today
\$100,000 dollars in 1990 \$170,713.39 dollars today
\$500,000 dollars in 1990 \$853,566.96 dollars today
\$1,000,000 dollars in 1990 \$1,707,133.92 dollars today

## How to Calculate Inflation Rate for \$100 since 1990

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

CPI today CPI in 1990
×
=
Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 79.9 in the year 1990 and 136.4 in 2020:

136.479.9
×
\$100
=
\$170.71

\$100 in 1990 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$170.71 in 2020.

To get the total inflation rate for the 30 years between 1990 and 2020, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2020 - CPI in 1990CPI in 1990
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (30 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

136.4 - 79.979.9
×
100
=
71%

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

• Nelson Mandela is released having spent 27 years in South African prison.
• The Hubble Space Telescope takes its first photos from space.
• Dr Penny Jamieson, becomes the first woman to be made an Anglican Bishop, in New Zeeland
• The United States sends troops to Saudi Arabia, marking the beginning of Operation Desert Shield.

## 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: “\$100 in 1990 → 2020 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 1 Jun. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/canada/inflation/1990?amount=100&endYear=2020.