$1 in 1970 is worth $4.31 in 1995

Value of $1 from 1970 to 1995

$1 in 1970 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $4.31 in 1995, an increase of $3.31 over 25 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 6.01% per year between 1970 and 1995, producing a cumulative price increase of 330.57%.

This means that prices in 1995 are 4.31 times as high as average prices since 1970, according to Statistics Canada consumer price index.

The inflation rate in 1970 was 3.35%. The inflation rate in 1995 was 2.15%. The 1995 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 1.97% per year between 1995 and 2023.


Inflation from 1970 to 1995
Cumulative price change330.57%
Average inflation rate6.01%
Converted amount ($1 base)$4.31
Price difference ($1 base)$3.31
CPI in 197020.333
CPI in 199587.550
Inflation in 19703.35%
Inflation in 19952.15%
$1 in 1970$4.31 in 1995

CAD inflation since 1970
Annual Rate, Statistics Canada CPI
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Buying power of $1 in 1970

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $1 in 1970 (price index tracking began in 1914).

For example, if you started with $1, you would need to end with $4.31 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $1 is equivalent to $4.31 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 1970 dollars, the chart below shows how $1 is worth less over 25 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: 1970-1995
YearDollar ValueInflation Rate
1970$1.003.35%
1971$1.032.70%
1972$1.084.99%
1973$1.167.49%
1974$1.2911.00%
1975$1.4210.67%
1976$1.537.54%
1977$1.657.98%
1978$1.808.97%
1979$1.979.14%
1980$2.1710.13%
1981$2.4412.47%
1982$2.7010.77%
1983$2.865.86%
1984$2.984.30%
1985$3.103.96%
1986$3.234.19%
1987$3.374.36%
1988$3.504.03%
1989$3.684.98%
1990$3.854.78%
1991$4.075.63%
1992$4.131.49%
1993$4.211.87%
1994$4.220.17%
1995$4.312.15%
1996$4.371.57%
1997$4.441.62%
1998$4.491.00%
1999$4.571.73%
2000$4.692.72%
2001$4.812.53%
2002$4.922.26%
2003$5.052.76%
2004$5.151.86%
2005$5.262.21%
2006$5.372.00%
2007$5.482.14%
2008$5.612.37%
2009$5.630.30%
2010$5.731.78%
2011$5.892.91%
2012$5.981.52%
2013$6.040.94%
2014$6.161.91%
2015$6.221.13%
2016$6.311.43%
2017$6.411.60%
2018$6.562.27%
2019$6.691.95%
2020$6.740.72%
2021$6.963.40%
2022$7.477.20%
2023$7.44-0.30%*
* 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 1970 amounts in 1995 dollars, based on the 330.57% change in prices:

Conversion: 1970 dollars in 1995
Initial valueEquivalent value
$1 dollar in 1970$4.31 dollars in 1995
$5 dollars in 1970$21.53 dollars in 1995
$10 dollars in 1970$43.06 dollars in 1995
$50 dollars in 1970$215.29 dollars in 1995
$100 dollars in 1970$430.57 dollars in 1995
$500 dollars in 1970$2,152.87 dollars in 1995
$1,000 dollars in 1970$4,305.74 dollars in 1995
$5,000 dollars in 1970$21,528.69 dollars in 1995
$10,000 dollars in 1970$43,057.38 dollars in 1995
$50,000 dollars in 1970$215,286.89 dollars in 1995
$100,000 dollars in 1970$430,573.77 dollars in 1995
$500,000 dollars in 1970$2,152,868.85 dollars in 1995
$1,000,000 dollars in 1970$4,305,737.71 dollars in 1995

How to calculate inflation rate for $1, 1970 to 1995

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1970 and 1995:

CPI in 1995 CPI in 1970
×
1970 CAD value
=
1995 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 20.33333333 in the year 1970 and 87.55 in 1995:

87.5520.33333333
×
$1
=
$4.31

$1 in 1970 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $4.31 in 1995.

To get the total inflation rate for the 25 years between 1970 and 1995, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1995 - CPI in 1970CPI in 1970
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (25 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

87.55 - 20.3333333320.33333333
×
100
=
331%

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 1970 → 1995 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 28 Jan. 2023, https://www.officialdata.org/canada/inflation/1970?endYear=1995&amount=1.

Special thanks to QuickChart for their chart image API, which is used for chart downloads.


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 1970 to 1995
Cumulative price change330.57%
Average inflation rate6.01%
Converted amount ($1 base)$4.31
Price difference ($1 base)$3.31
CPI in 197020.333
CPI in 199587.550
Inflation in 19703.35%
Inflation in 19952.15%
$1 in 1970$4.31 in 1995