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A Statistical Profile of Artists and Cultural Workers in Canada, the 42nd report in the Statistical Insights on the Arts series from Hill Strategies Research, provides an in-depth examination of artists in Canada, based on the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) and historical data from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). Some of the key findings of the report include:

  • There are more artists (136,600) than auto workers (133,000) in Canada.
  • Nearly 700,000 cultural workers: over two-and-a-half times larger than the labour force in real estate.
  • Multiple jobs and high self-employment rates are common among artists.
  • Between 1989 and 2013, there was higher growth in artists than the overall labour force.
  • The average income of artists is 32% lower than other workers.

More details are provided in the Executive Summary and the full report, which can be found below.