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 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.
In 2006, a group of artists' associations and individuals came together in response to the growing awareness of the serious challenges facing Canada's senior professional artists. With the intention of developing programs and services to respond to these, they launched the Senior Artists Research Project (SARP) in 2009 to investigate the circumstances, situation, needs and interests of senior artists. The research reports are now available here.
While there has been extensive international research on the benefits of music education for young people, there has been only limited research on the state of music education in Canada. A Delicate Balance, a ground-breaking report prepared by Hill Strategies for the Coalition for Music Education in Canada, suggests that schools across Canada desperately need funding to keep up with the demand for quality music programs.