Statistics Canada's release today of the Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators, 2010 to 2014 report is providing insight into the economic importance of arts and culture in Ontario and across Canada.
The figures in the report measure the contribution of culture to the Ontario economy for two unique perspectives:
The report shows that Ontario was responsible for 45% of the total GDP of Canada's arts, culture and heritage sector and 43% of Canadian culture sector jobs. Between 2010 and 2014, the GDP of Ontario's arts, culture and heritage sector increased by 16.4%. This compares to a 14.7% increase in the economy overall. Jobs in the sector increased by 4.5% during the same period – compared to 5.0% in the economy overall.
The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is one of several government partners – federal, provincial and municipal – as well as non-governmental organizations that contributed to Statistics Canada's development of the Cultural Satellite Account (CSA), a framework to produce precise and reliable data on the economic importance of culture, arts, heritage and sport in Canada.
Read the full report from Statistics Canada.