This portion of our site provides more information about some custom research projects that have been commissioned from Hill Strategies Research, including links to additional information or full reports. Our clients have included arts organizations, arts associations and partnerships, arts councils, municipalities, and government departments.
This report summarizes a recent research process into the indirect cultural investments in five large Canadian cities: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montréal. The report is based on a survey of cultural staff members in the five cities as well as follow-up interviews. The following nine elements were considered for inclusion as indirect cultural investments:
- Below-market or nominal rent
- Property tax rebates / exemptions (whether through local decision-making or provincial statutes)
- Free or below-market rates for advertising on city structures (e.g., bus shelters, buildings, etc.)
- In-kind services for festivals, special events, film, etc. (e.g., permits, fire, police, EMS, waste management, transit, etc.)
- Heritage conservation incentives (indirect / non-monetary)
- Density bonusing (i.e., allowing higher building density in return for community benefits)
- Community use agreements / public use of private spaces (e.g., a re-zoning condition allowing for cultural use of private space at a nominal rent)
- Modified planning regulations to support cultural sector (with no direct financial implications)
- Loan or line-of-credit guarantees by the city
This report and two presentations were prepared by Kelly Hill using data submitted by 50 members of Orchestras Canada. The resources focus on the changes in the situation of Canadian orchestras more than the current financial state of orchestras.
This report compares the municipal cultural investment in five of Canada's largest cities: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montréal. In each city, the net cultural investment in 2009 was:
- $27.4 million in Vancouver (population 578,000)
- $22.4 million in Ottawa (population 812,100)
- $41.9 million in Calgary (population 988,200)
- $89.0 million in Montréal (population 1,620,700)
- $47.5 million in Toronto (population 2,503,300)
In the five cities combined, the average total net cultural investment amounted to $35 per resident in 2009. In each of the five cities:
- Montréal's cultural investment of $55 per capita ranked first in 2009.
- Vancouver ranked second, with a net amount of $47 per person invested in the cultural sector in 2009.
- Calgary's net cultural investment was $42 per capita in 2009, ranking the city third among the five cities.
- The City of Ottawa's net cultural investment of $28 per capita in 2009 ranked fourth.
- Toronto's net cultural investment of $19 per person in 2009 ranked last among the five cities.
Based on a survey of senior arts education staff members and artistic directors of 50 Toronto-area performing arts companies, this report provides information about the range, reach and impact of the arts education programs of dance, music, opera and theatre organizations in the Toronto area.