Artists, cultural workers, and the creative sector in Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge
Hosted by the City of Kitchener
Kelly Hill's presentation in Kitchener provided information about artists and cultural workers in Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge, as well as the broader impacts of the creative sector. The presentation included data indicating that, across Canada, there are 136,000 artists, more than the number of people employed as automotive workers. The 671,100 people in cultural occupations in Canada represents nearly 4%.of the labour force. In addition, the direct impact of the arts, culture, and heritage in Canada (nearly $48 billion) is more than 10 times larger than the direct impact of sports. Attendees discussed what sets the Kitchener / Waterloo / Cambridge area apart and how to best strengthen the creative economy and impact strategic decisions.