Value of 1989 Canadian Dollar today

$100 in 1989

$185.48 in 2018

The inflation rate in Canada between 1989 and today has been 85.48%, which translates into a total increase of $85.48. This means that 100 dollars in 1989 are equivalent to 185.48 dollars in 2018. In other words, the purchasing power of $100 in 1989 equals $185.48 today. The average annual inflation rate has been 2.08%.

Inflation timeline in Canada (1989-2018)

The following chart ilustrates the equivalence of $100 throughout the years due to inflation and CPI changes. All values are equivalent in terms of purchashing power, which means that for each year the same goods or services could be bought with the indicated amount of money.

All calculations are performed in the local currency (CAD) and using 6 decimal digits. Results show only up to 2 decimal digits to favour readability. Inflation data is provided by governments and international institutions on a monthly basis. Today's values were obtained by estimating figures from recent trends.

The following table contains relevant indicators:

Indicator Value
Total Inflation (1989-2018) 80.91%
Total Inflation* 85.48%
Annual inflation avg. (1989-2018) 2.07%
Annual inflation avg.* 2.08%
CPI 1989 57.12
CPI 2018 103.34
CPI today* 105.95
$1 in 1989 $1.81 in 2018

* Values extrapolated from the last official data to obtain today's values.

How to calculate today's value of money after inflation?

There are several ways to calculate the time value of money. Depending on the data available, results can be obtained by using the compound interest formula or the Consumer Price Index (CPI) formula.

Using the compound interest formula

Given that money changes in time as a result of an inflation rate that acts as a compound interest, the following formula can be used: FV = PV (1 + i)n, where:

  • FV: Future Value
  • PV: Present Value
  • i: Interest rate (inflation)
  • n: Number of times the interest is compounded (i.e. # of years)

In this case, the future value represents the final amount obtained after applying the inflation rate to our initial value. In other words, it indicates how much are $100 worth today. There are 29 years between 1989 and 2018 and the average inflation rate has been 2.0806%. Therefore, we can resolve the formula like this:

FV = PV (1 + i)n = $100 * (1 + 0.02)29 = $180.91

Using the CPI formula

When the CPI for both start and end years is known, the following formula can be used:

Final value = Initial value *
CPI final/CPI initial

In this case, the CPI in 1989 was 57.12 and the CPI today is 105.95. Therefore,

Final value = Initial value *
CPI final/CPI initial
= $100 *
103.34/57.12
= $180.91

Canada inflation - Conversion table

Initial Value Equivalent value
$1 dollar in 1989 $1.85 dollars today
$5 dollars in 1989 $9.27 dollars today
$10 dollars in 1989 $18.55 dollars today
$50 dollars in 1989 $92.74 dollars today
$100 dollars in 1989 $185.48 dollars today
$500 dollars in 1989 $927.4 dollars today
$1,000 dollars in 1989 $1,854.79 dollars today
$5,000 dollars in 1989 $9,273.95 dollars today
$10,000 dollars in 1989 $18,547.91 dollars today
$50,000 dollars in 1989 $92,739.53 dollars today
$100,000 dollars in 1989 $185,479.06 dollars today
$500,000 dollars in 1989 $927,395.3 dollars today
$1,000,000 dollars in 1989 $1,854,790.6 dollars today

Value of Dollar in time (by year)

Period Value
1989 100
1990 105.26
1991 110.51
1992 114.66
1993 117.15
1994 119.09
1995 119.36
1996 121.44
1997 124.07
1998 125.03
1999 126.28
2000 129.6
2001 133.75
2002 134.72
2003 139.83
2004 142.74
2005 145.78
2006 148.82
2007 151.31
2008 154.91
2009 156.71
2010 158.78
2011 162.52
2012 166.25
2013 167.63
2014 169.71
2015 172.2
2016 174.97
2017 177.59
2018 180.91
Today 185.48