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September 9, 2014

Culture Statistics show strength of sector

New Culture Satellite Account data released

As a member of the Consortium behind the Canadian Culture Satellite Account (CSA), CHRC is pleased to announce the release of the first Culture Satellite Account Report on September 10, 2014.

Here are some of the highlights:

Product perspective

  • Culture GDP at basic prices equaled $47.8 billion, contributing 3.1% to Canada's GDP in 2010.

  • Culture jobs accounted for 674,000 jobs in 2010, contributing 3.7% to total employment.

  • Culture output totaled $93.2 billion or 3.0% as a share of total economy.

Industry perspective

  • GDP of culture industries was $53.2 billion in 2010, contributing 3.4% to Canada's total GDP. Of which culture products accounted for $40.7 billion and other products (i.e. non-culture products) $12.5 billion.

  • Culture industries accounted for 704,000 jobs, a 4.0% share.

  • Culture industries formed 3.2% ($99.3 billion) of the total production in Canada.

The arts, culture and heritage industry in Canada was larger than the accommodation and food services industry ($30.6 billion) and twice as big as the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting industry ($23.9 billion).

New GDP Data (in millions of dollars)

Heritage and Libraries $598
Live Performance $2,008
Visual and Applied Arts $13,393
Sound Recording $507
Written and Published Works $10,147
Audio-Visual and Interactive Media $13,787

New Job Numbers

Heritage and Libraries 16,000
Live Performance 57,000
Visual and Applied Arts 192,000
Sound Recording 12,000
Written and Published Works 146,000
Audio-Visual and Interactive Media 117,000

The CSA Report contains the most precise and reliable data available on the economic importance and activity of culture, arts, heritage and sport in Canada.

These data are the result of a methodologically rigorous and transparent approach to measuring the economic importance and activity of culture and sport in Canada through the production of culture and sport goods and services and their contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) and jobs.

The CSA stems from a partnership between Statistics Canada, the Department of Canadian Heritage, all of the provinces and territories, numerous municipalities and several non-governmental organizations. CHRC is the only national cross-sector organization on the Consortium. Having long recognized the importance of solid, strong cultural statistics reporting, CHRC was a long-time member of the National Advisory Committee on Cultural Statistics (now defunct), and has contributed important cultural statistics research for the sector, such as Fast Stats in 2004 (which included a cultural point of view alongside the official numbers); and the first Labour Market Information report for the cultural sector in 2010.

The CSA will provide new statistics every year on a range of indicators, such as gross domestic product (GDP) and jobs.

Development of the CSA continues in order to broaden its scope. The first publicly available figures at the provincial and territorial level are expected in 2015, followed by work to determine the feasibility of reporting at other levels.

CHRC is proud to represent the interests of the whole cultural sector on this Consortium.

The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) is a not-for-profit organization committed to strengthening the Canadian cultural workforce by providing leadership and innovative solutions to human resource issues and to better the HR environment within the cultural sector.

For further information contact:

Susan Annis
Executive Director
613-562-1535, ext. 22