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Artists in Large Canadian Cities

Based on the 2006 Census

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September 23, 200923 September 2009

New report shows that over 100,000 artists live in large Canadian cities

This report provides an analysis of artists residing in 93 large Canadian cities, including statistics concerning the number of artists, artists’ earnings, and trends between 1991 and 2006.

Overall, 103,500 artists reside in the 93 large cities included in the study (cities with a population of 50,000 or more). This represents three-quarters (74%) of the 140,000 artists in Canada. The City of Toronto has the largest absolute number of artists (22,265), followed by Montreal (13,425) and Vancouver (8,155).

In Canada, artists represent 0.77% of the overall labour force. In the 93 cities, artists comprise 0.90% of the combined local labour forces, higher than the Canadian average.

Some of the major findings of the report include:

· Vancouver, Victoria and North Vancouver have the highest concentrations of artists.

· Artists’ earnings are relatively low in almost all large cities.

· Suburban cities saw substantial growth in artists between 1991 and 2006.

· Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver all saw an increase in the number of artists between 1991 and 2006, but the rates of change varied between the three cities.

· The arts are a growth sector in most Canadian cities.

· However, 11 cities, many in northern or less populous areas, saw a decrease in artists between 1991 and 2006.

· Cities with a particularly high concentration or number of artists did not see larger growth in the number of artists (or the overall labour force) over time.

The full report contains many more details about artists in each province and territory.

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