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Heritage institutions 2007

November 23, 200923 November 2009

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Government expenditures on culture / Performing arts organizations / Heritage organizations

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http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/090526/dq090526e-eng.htm

Statistics Canada recently released Canada-level data on heritage institutions in 2007. Hill Strategies purchased and analyzed this data for this issue of the Arts Research Monitor.

Statistics Canada’s heritage institutions survey provides information about heritage organizations (both for-profit and non-profit), including art galleries, museums, historic sites, zoos and botanical gardens. Organizations that are part of a larger institution, such as university-affiliated art galleries, are excluded from the survey.

The total revenues of all heritage organizations were $1.2 billion in 2007, a 14% increase from 2004 (not adjusted for inflation). Total expenditures were also $1.2 billion in 2007, including $514 million in staff salaries, wages and benefits (45% of total expenditures). Total expenditures increased by 11% between 2004 and 2007 (not adjusted for inflation), while staff costs increased by 12%.

Museums (other than art galleries) had total revenues of $577 million in 2007, a 26% increase from 2004 (not adjusted for inflation). Zoos and botanical gardens reported total revenues of $255 million in 2007, an 8% increase from 2004. Art galleries had total revenues of $251 million, a 3% increase from 2004. Finally, historic and heritage sites reported total revenues of $90 million in 2007, a 2% decrease from 2004.

Collectively, the heritage sector in Canada registered a small surplus in 2007 ($22 million, or 1.9% of total revenues). All components of the sector achieved at least a balanced budget in 2007. Museums (other than art galleries) registered a collective surplus of $13 million in 2007 (2.2% of their total revenues). The surplus of zoos and botanical gardens totalled $7.0 million in 2007, or 2.7% of revenues. Art galleries registered a collective surplus of $1.3 million in 2007 (0.5% of their total revenues). The surplus of historic and heritage sites totalled $0.6 million in 2007, or 0.7% of revenues.

No provincial data is available. In addition, no breakdowns are available for non-profit or for-profit heritage organizations. In the prior year’s data (2006), non-profit organizations represented 88% of the total for all heritage organizations. The largest component of for-profit heritage organizations was zoos and botanical gardens.

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