Statistical Insights on the Arts

Statistical Insights on the Arts is a quantitative research series, created by Hill Strategies in 2002, that aims to provide reliable, recent and insightful data on the state of the arts in Canada. Statistical Insights on the Arts is funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

31 March 2008
This report examines the relationship between four cultural activities and certain social phenomena, including volunteering, donating, neighbourhood connections, sense of belonging and quality of life. While the report does not claim to be definitive, some statistics in the report do show a relationship between some cultural activities and positive social engagement.
6 February 2008

Are the arts elitist? This report shows that cultural experiences are more important than demographic factors in four cultural activities:

  • Reading a book;
  • Attending live performances;
  • Visiting art galleries; and
  • Movie theatre attendance.

Many different categories of cultural attendance and reading are strongly related to each other. For each of the four cultural activities, eight of the top 10 predictors are other cultural activities, not demographic factors.

2 October 2007

Based on Statistics Canada's General Social Survey, this report provides provincial information about cultural and heritage activities in 1992 and 2005. In most provinces, as in Canada as a whole, most cultural and heritage activities attracted about the same percentage of the population in 2005 as in 1992.

28 March 2007
This report provides insights into the number and percentage of Canadians 15 or older who, in 2005:
  • Attended live performances;
  • Visited art galleries and other museums;
  • Visited historic sites and other heritage organizations;
  • Read a newspaper, magazine or book;
  • Watched movies or videos; or
  • Listened to recorded music.
21 February 2007
Some key findings of this report include:
  • Canadian consumers spent over $25 billion on cultural goods and services in 2005, 5% more than the combined consumer spending on household furniture, appliances and tools.
  • Consumer spending on culture is over three times larger than the $7.7 billion spent on culture in Canada by all levels of government in 2003/04.
  • Canadians' spending on live performing arts is now more than double their spending on live sports events.
  • Cultural spending per capita varies significantly between the provinces, from a high of $971 in Alberta to a low of $691 in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Among 15 metropolitan areas, Ottawa and Calgary have high per capita consumer spending on cultural goods and services.