Provincial Profiles of Arts, Culture and Heritage Activities in 2010

This report examines the arts, culture and heritage activities of provincial residents in 2010, with comparisons to previous surveys in 1992, 1998 and 2005. Based on Statistics Canada's General Social Surveys in these years, the report finds that:

  • "All residents in each province participated in at least one arts, culture or heritage activity in 2010."
  • "In all provinces, participation in many arts, culture and heritage activities has increased over the past 18 years."

Based on statistical tests, the report highlights provincial participation rates that have significant differences compared with national averages:

  • British Columbia residents have higher than average participation rates in art galleries, classical music performances, historic sites, science-related venues (including zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, planetariums and observatories), conservation areas or nature parks, magazine reading, and book reading.
  • Albertans have above average participation rates in museums (other than art galleries), theatre performances, science-related venues, conservation areas or nature parks, magazine reading, video watching, and music listening (both downloaded and on CDs).
  • Saskatchewan residents have higher than average attendance rates at museums, pop music concerts and culturally-specific performances but below average participation rates in classical music concerts, book reading, and movie going.
  • Manitobans have above an average attendance rate at science-related venues but lower than average participation rates in art galleries, cultural festivals and book reading.
  • Ontarians have higher than average attendance rates at theatre performances and conservation areas or nature parks but a below average attendance rate at "other" cultural performances (i.e., ones that were not specified in any other performing arts question).
  • Quebec residents have an above average attendance rate at "other" cultural performances (i.e., ones that were not specified in any other performing arts question) but lower than average participation rates in museums (other than art galleries), theatre performances, culturally-specific performances, conservation areas or nature parks, magazine reading and video watching.
  • New Brunswick residents have below average participation rates in art galleries, other museums, theatre performances, classical music performances, cultural festivals, historic sites, newspaper reading and movie going.
  • Nova Scotians have an above average attendance rate at historic sites but lower than average attendance rates at art galleries and science-related venues.
  • Prince Edward Islanders have higher than average participation rates in theatre performances, historic sites and newspaper reading but lower than average participation rates in art galleries, other museums, science-related venues, conservation areas or nature parks, and video watching.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador residents have an above average attendance rate at historic sites but below average participation rates in theatre performances, classical music performances, newspaper reading and movie going.

As noted in the report, "the availability of arts, culture and heritage activities likely varies between the provinces and has an impact on the participation rates. However, an analysis of supply-side factors is beyond the scope of [the] report."

Summary: 

This report examines the arts, culture and heritage activities of provincial residents in 2010, with comparisons to previous surveys in 1992, 1998 and 2005. Based on Statistics Canada's General Social Surveys in these years, the report finds that:

  • "All residents in each province participated in at least one arts, culture or heritage activity in 2010."

  • "In all provinces, participation in many arts, culture and heritage activities has increased over the past 18 years."

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50757