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Consumer Spending on Culture in Canada, the Provinces and 15 Metropolitan Areas in 2005

December 3, 20073 December 2007

Arts attendance / Consumer spending / Local information

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This report shows that Canadian consumers spent over $25 billion on cultural goods and services in 2005, including art supplies and musical instruments, art works and events, home entertainment, movie theatre admissions, photographic equipment and services, and reading material.

Other key findings of the report include:

  • The $25.1 billion in cultural spending is 5% higher than the combined consumer spending on household furniture, appliances and tools ($24.0 billion).
  • 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.
  • Spending on cultural goods and services grew by 48% between 1997 and 2005, much higher than the 18% rise in the Consumer Price Index during the same period.
  • 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.
  • Alberta had the highest growth in consumer spending between 1997 and 2005, both on cultural goods and services and on all goods and services.
  • Among 15 metropolitan areas, Ottawa and Calgary have high per capita consumer spending on cultural goods and services.

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