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 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.
21 February 2005
This report analyzes 2001 census data concerning visible minority, Aboriginal and immigrant Canadians in the arts labour force.
20 October 2004
This report provides an analysis of the number of artists, artists' earnings, and trends in the arts labour force between 1991 and 2001 in each province, territory and Census Metropolitan Area in Canada.
17 September 2004
Based on 2001 census labour force counts, A Statistical Profile of Artists in Canada finds a number of significant characteristics about artists, including:
  • high levels of education;
  • a high proportion of self-employment;
  • a predominance of women;
  • very low earnings; and
  • strong growth in the number of artists between 1971 and 2001.

The full report provides more detail about these issues as well as an in-depth demographic analysis of artists in Canada.

29 April 2004
This report shows that Canadians spent a total of $824 million on live performing arts in 2001, nearly double the spending on live sporting events ($451 million). For the 36% of Canadian households (or 4.2 million households) that spent some money on live performing arts, average spending was $195 per household. Not all households spent an equal amount, however: Households that spent $240 or more on live performing arts in 2001 accounted for 60% of all performing arts spending (or nearly $500 million). The full report highlights some demographic characteristics of the highest-spending households. The full report also examines performing arts spending by income, age, households with or without children, local population, and region.