Arts, Culture, and Heritage Participation in Canada’s Provinces and Largest Census Metropolitan Areas in 2016

Part of the Statistical Insights on the Arts series from Hill Strategies Research, this report provides a profile and comparison of the percentage of residents (15 or older) in each Canadian province and the nine largest Census Metropolitan Areas who, in 2016, attended or participated in cultural activities. One-half of Canadians 15 or older made or performed art in 2016, and nearly nine in ten Canadians (86%) attended an art gallery, an arts performance, an artistic or cultural or festival, or a movie theatre.

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More Canada: Increasing Canadians’ awareness and reading of Canadian books

This report from the More Canada Think Tank concludes that there is a paradox related to Canadian English-language books: “despite the presence of a burgeoning writing community and a stable, successful publishing industry, there is a steady decline in the reading and purchasing of Canadian-authored books by the Canadian public.”

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Reporting and Investigating Mechanisms for Workplace Harassment in the Arts

Under the banner Respectful Workplaces in the Arts, the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) engaged consultant Jeanne LeSage to identify gaps in reporting and investigating mechanisms to deal with workplace harassment in the arts, and recommend next steps. The report has 10 recommendations, 4 directed at reporting harassment, and 6 directed at investigations.

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Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing

Potentially the most comprehensive overview of the field to date, this report provides evidence demonstrating the impact of the arts on health and wellbeing throughout all stages of life. The evidence consists of an extensive literature review and stakeholder consultations, including 16 roundtable discussions with a total of 300 participants. The report includes ten recommendations, many of which involve greater collaboration between the National Health Service, government bodies, research councils, public health organizations, and medical schools.

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Demographic Patterns in Canadians’ Arts Participation in 2016

Part of the Statistical Insights on the Arts series from Hill Strategies Research, this report examines 11 indicators of arts participation among Canadians, including eight arts attendance activities, two summary indicators of arts attendance, as well as participation in making or performing art. The report also examines the influence of a wide range of demographic factors on arts participation rates, including education, family income, language, sex, age, and many others.

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2017 Arts Professionals Survey

The Calgary Arts Professionals Survey aimed “to learn how art is made in Calgary, what the lifestyle patterns and living conditions are for those working in the arts, and how Calgary is perceived as a supporter of arts activity”, based on a survey of 721 arts professionals. A key finding of the survey is that 53% of respondents had gross individual incomes below $35,000 in 2016.

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The Status of Women in the Canadian Arts and Cultural Industries: Research Review 2010-2018

This research review from the Ontario Arts Council provides a synthesis of existing research on the status of women in the arts in Ontario and Canada. The authors found that while the overall gender composition of the arts and cultural industries in Ontario is equal, gender imbalances exist in some disciplines. Even in sectors that were numerically gender balanced or equal, significant gendered differences exist in areas like income, leadership roles, and career and industry recognition.

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Canadians’ Arts, Culture, and Heritage Participation in 2016

Hill Strategies report based on Statistics Canada’s 2016 General Social Survey (Canadians at Work and Home) finds that in 2016, virtually all Canadians (15 or older) participated in some type of arts, culture, or heritage activity (100%, or 99.5% if rounded to one decimal place). Arts attendance levels were very high, with nearly nine in ten Canadians (86%) attending an art gallery, an arts performance, an artistic or cultural or festival, or a movie theatre. Half (4.8 million) of Canadians 15 or older made or performed art in 2016.

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Live-to-Digital in the Arts

Report for the Arts Council England assesses the overall state of live to digital arts in England, across music, dance, opera, visual arts, literature, combined arts and museums (theatre is the subject of a previous report, linked in the publication). Findings include that barriers such as cost, lack of staff time, and lack of digital knowledge still prevent many organizations from using live technology; and though the demographic profile of those consuming live-to-digital is similar to current arts audiences, there is a desire amongst consumers to engage in live-to-digital in the future.

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Trade of Culture and Sport Products, 2016

An extension of Statistics Canada’s Canadian Culture Satellite Account and the Provincial and Territorial Culture Satellite Indicators, that monetizes the exports and imports of culture in Canada and compares cultural exports between the provinces. Canadian cultural exports ($16.0 billion) represented 2.5% of all exports from Canada in 2016. Imports of culture products were $20.8 billion, or 3.1% of all imports to Canada in 2016.

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Culture in Treaties and Agreements

Examines application of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Recommendations include that countries work toward advancing the position of culture in international trade negotiations, and promoting the specificity of cultural goods and services in the digital environment.

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Focus Groups on Canadians’ Participation in the Arts

Report commissioned by the Department of Canadian Heritage on Canadians’ behaviours related to arts attendance and participation, in the context of demographic and technological change. Examines motivations and barriers to arts attendance; the relationship between Canadians’ online consumption of the arts and their live arts attendance; and the role of arts attendance in fostering attachment to community.

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The Status of Women in the Canadian Arts and Cultural Industries: Research Review 2010-18

A review of the existing research on the status of women in the arts and cultural industries in Canada (with a particular focus on Ontario) commissioned by the Ontario Arts Council. Covers six sectors: visual arts, dance, theatre, literature, music, and media arts/screen. Key findings include employment inequality (divided by sector) and a gender-based income gap, despite equivalency in education and training.

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Government of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions: 2017

Based on an online survey as well as data from the Canada Revenue Agency, this report summarizes national and provincial data on heritage institutions in 2015. The total revenues of heritage organizations were estimated at $2.53 billion in 2015, a 29% increase from 2011 (figures have not been adjusted for inflation).

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