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.

25 November 2003
This report examines Canadians' volunteer activities with arts and culture organizations in 2000. The report looks at the number of volunteers and volunteer hours. The report also examines the demographic characteristics of arts and culture volunteers, including the distribution of volunteers by sex, age, education, household income, employment status and marital status. Provincial estimates of arts and culture volunteers, volunteer hours and value of the volunteer workforce are also provided.
6 March 2003
This report shows that Canadians spent $21.3 billion on cultural goods and services in 2001, an amount that is greater than spending on tobacco, alcohol and games of chances combined. The $21.3 billion in consumer spending is over three times higher than government spending on culture in Canada. The report also shows that consumer spending on live performing arts events is nearly double the spending on live sporting events. This report also provides provincial and municipal cultural spending information.
1 March 2003
This report shows that 7.8 million Canadians 15 years of age or older visited a museum in 1998. This represents about one-third of Canadians in this age range. Public art galleries, attended by about one-quarter of Canadians 15 or older, are the most popular sub-group of museums, followed by science and technology museums as well as general and community museums.

The report examines demographic aspects of museum and art gallery attendance as well as attendance trends during the 1990s. The attendance rate at museums decreased during the 1990s, but the attendance rate at public art galleries increased significantly. The report also provides extensive provincial information, including attendance profiles, trends and comparisons between the provinces.

13 January 2003
This report examines national and provincial trends in performing arts attendance in Canada. The report shows that over 9.1 million Canadians 15 years of age or older, or 37.6% of Canadians in this age range, attended a live, professional performing arts event in the survey year. Theatre is the most popular live performing arts activity, followed by popular forms of music, classical music and dance.

The report examines demographic aspects of performing arts attendance, and provides data showing that reaching Canadians who speak languages other than English or French is a significant challenge facing Canada's performing arts organizations. During the 1990s, the attendance rate at performing arts events decreased. However, due to significant population growth, about 100,000 more Canadians attended a performance in 1998 than in 1992. The report also provides extensive provincial information, including attendance profiles, trends and comparisons between the provinces.