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.

27 October 2005
This report highlights creative neighbourhoods across the country – areas where artists interact and help shape the character of their communities. Using mapping technology, the report examines artists as a percentage of the labour force in various postal regions – "neighbourhoods" – based on 2001 census data.

Nationwide, the "most creative neighbourhood" is H2W in Montreal's plateau area, which has an artistic concentration of 8.0%, 10 times the national average of 0.8%. The most creative rural area is Nunavut's X0A region. This area, encompassing Baffin Island (Iqaluit, Cape Dorset, etc.), has an artistic concentration of 3.4%.

31 May 2005
This report provides updated information about consumer spending on culture in Canada. The report shows that Canadian consumers spent $22.8 billion on cultural goods and services in 2003, an amount that is greater than consumer spending on tobacco, alcohol and games of chance combined. The $22.8 billion in consumer spending is over three times larger than the $7.4 billion spent on culture in Canada by all levels of government in 2002/03. The $22.8 billion in consumer spending on culture in Canada represents $758 for every Canadian resident and about $1 out of every $30 spent by Canadian consumers. After adjusting for inflation, cultural spending increased by 19% between 1997 and 2003, over three times the 6% growth in the Canadian population.
25 May 2005
This 2-page fact sheet highlights some key statistical findings from our recent research reports.
31 March 2005
This report examines the book spending of Canadian households, including the number of households with book spending, their average and total expenditures, as well as crossovers with other cultural expenditures.