Atlantic estimates from Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators, 2016

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New Brunswick

Based on Statistics Canada’s product perspective, the direct economic impact of culture products was estimated at $543 million in New Brunswick in 2016, or 1.7% of provincial GDP. The culture employment estimate was 8,500 in 2016, or 2.4% of all jobs in the province. The value added of culture products in New Brunswick is below the national average (1.7% in NB vs. 2.8% nationally), and the employment impact is also lower in New Brunswick (2.4%) than nationally (3.5%).

Between 2010 and 2016, the GDP of culture products decreased by 8% in New Brunswick. As a result, there was a decrease in culture’s share of the provincial economy between 2010 and 2016 (from 2.1% to 1.7%).

The direct contribution of culture industries to GDP was $563 million in New Brunswick in 2016, which represents 2.0% of provincial GDP. In 2016, there were 8,900 jobs directly related to culture industries in New Brunswick, or 2.5% of all jobs in the province.

In New Brunswick, the GDP of culture industries ($563 million) is less than that of accommodation and food services ($677 million), agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting ($973 million), utilities ($1.1 billion), transportation and warehousing ($1.5 billion), construction ($1.8 billion), and educational services ($1.9 billion).

The PTCI also provides an estimate of the GDP of sports industries in 2016 ($98 million, or 0.2% of the province’s GDP). The value added of culture ($563 million) is almost six times larger than the sports estimate.

 

Nova Scotia

In 2016, the direct economic impact of culture products was estimated at $874 million in Nova Scotia, or 2.3% of provincial GDP. The culture employment estimate was 13,700 in 2016, or 3.0% of all jobs in the province. The value added of culture products in Nova Scotia is below the national average (2.3% in NS vs. 2.8% nationally), and the employment impact is also lower in Nova Scotia (3.0%) than nationally (3.5%).

Between 2010 and 2016, the GDP of culture products grew by 13% in Nova Scotia. Similar growth in the overall provincial economy resulted in no change in culture’s share of the provincial economy (2.3% in both 2010 and 2016).

The direct contribution of culture industries to GDP was $1.4 billion in Nova Scotia in 2016, or 3.6% of provincial GDP. In 2016, there were 15,500 jobs directly related to culture industries in Nova Scotia, or 3.4% of the province’s jobs.

In Nova Scotia, the GDP of culture industries ($1.4 billion) is larger than the value added of utilities ($777 million), accommodation and food services ($958 million), agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting ($1.1 million), and transportation and warehousing ($1.3 billion). However, the value added of culture is less than that of construction ($2.3 billion) and educational services ($2.5 billion).

The PTCI also provides an estimate of the GDP of sports industries in 2016 ($186 million, or 0.4% of the province’s GDP). The value added of culture ($1.4 billion) is over seven times larger than the sports estimate.

 

Prince Edward Island

Based on Statistics Canada’s product perspective, the direct economic impact of culture products was estimated at $108 million in Prince Edward Island in 2016, or 1.9% of provincial GDP. The culture employment estimate was 1,700 in 2016, or 2.4% of all jobs in the province. The value added of culture products on the Island is below the national average (1.9% in PEI vs. 2.8% nationally), and the employment impact is also lower in PEI (2.4%) than nationally (3.5%).

Between 2010 and 2016, the GDP of culture products decreased by 2% in PEI. Growth in the overall provincial economy resulted in a decrease in culture’s share of the provincial economy between 2010 and 2016 (from 2.3% to 1.9%).

The direct contribution of culture industries to GDP was $148 million in Prince Edward Island in 2016 (2.6% of provincial GDP). In 2016, there were 1,800 jobs directly related to culture industries in PEI, or 2.5% of all jobs in the province.

In PEI, the GDP of culture industries ($148 million) is larger than the value added of utilities ($100 million). On the other hand, the value added of culture is less than that of transportation and warehousing ($158 million), accommodation and food services ($181 million), construction ($288 million), agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting ($365 million), and educational services ($428 million).

The PTCI also provides an estimate of the GDP of sports industries in 2016 ($27 million, or 0.4% of the province’s GDP). The value added of culture ($148 million) is close to six times larger than the sports estimate.

 

Newfoundland and Labrador

In 2016, the direct economic impact of culture products was estimated at $414 million in Newfoundland and Labrador, or 1.4% of provincial GDP. The culture employment estimate was 5,000 in 2016, or 2.1% of all jobs in the province. The value added of culture products in NL is well below the national average (1.4% in the province vs. 2.8% nationally), and the employment impact is also lower in NL (2.1%) than nationally (3.5%).

Between 2010 and 2016, the GDP of culture products grew by 9% in Newfoundland and Labrador. Similar growth in the overall provincial economy resulted in no change in culture’s share of the provincial economy (1.4% in both 2010 and 2016).

The direct contribution of culture industries to GDP was $576 million in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2016, or 2.0% of provincial GDP. In 2016, there were 5,900 jobs directly related to culture industries in Newfoundland and Labrador, or 2.5% of the province’s jobs.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, the GDP of culture industries ($576 million) is larger than the value added of agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting ($535 million) and similar to that of accommodation and food services ($578 million). On the other hand, the value added of culture is less than utilities ($612 million), transportation and warehousing ($898 million), educational services ($1.7 billion), and construction ($3.4 billion).

The PTCI also provides an estimate of the GDP of sports industries in 2016 ($85 million, or 0.2% of the province’s GDP). The value added of culture ($576 million) is almost seven times larger than the sports estimate.

Summary: 

Based on Statistics Canada’s product perspective, the direct economic impact of culture products in 2016 was estimated at:

  • $543 million in New Brunswick, or 1.7% of provincial GDP
  • $874 million in Nova Scotia, or 2.3% of provincial GDP
  • $108 million in Prince Edward Island in 2016, or 1.9% of provincial GDP
  • $414 million in Newfoundland and Labrador, or 1.4% of provincial GDP