Cultural Sector Employers - Highlights
In 2009, there were 48,840 cultural establishments in Canada, which represented 2.1 per cent of all establishments in the Canadian economy.
Cultural establishments tend to be smaller, on average, than establishments in other sectors. Within the culture sector, there are relatively few large establishments. Most independent self-employed artists and cultural workers are not included in the data.
Film, Radio, TV, and Broadcasting Domain
In 2008, film, radio, television, and broadcasting establishments generated nearly $26.2 billion in revenues and employed 144,970 workers. Of those employees, just over 22 per cent were self-employed.
In 2008, music establishments generated over $887 million in revenues and employed 16,837 workers. Of those workers, over 36 per cent were self-employed.
Live Performing Arts Domain
In 2008, live performing arts establishments generated over $1.38 billion in revenues and employed 36,363 workers. Of those workers, nearly half (49.7%) were self-employed.
In 2008, heritage establishments generated over $340 million in revenues and employed nearly 25,500 workers. Of those workers, only a small fraction (2.1%) were self-employed.
Books and Periodicals Domain
In 2008, books and periodicals establishments generated over $9.9 billion in revenues and employed nearly 83,000 workers. Of those workers, just over one-fifth (20.4%) were self-employed.
Interactive Digital Media Domain
In 2008, interactive digital media establishments generated more than $4.7 billion in gross revenues and employed 52,489 full-time equivalent workers. Of those workers, 15.5 per cent were either subcontractors or freelancers.
Visual Arts and Crafts Domain
Unfortunately, there is insufficient data for estimating total revenues or employment in this domain. Of the 2,627 visual arts and crafts establishments operating in Canada in 2009, 60 per cent were located in Central Canada, 31 per cent were in B.C. and Alberta, 4 per cent were in the Prairies, and 5 per cent were in Atlantic Canada.