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Artists in Large Canadian Cities

March 1, 2006

Artists in Large Canadian Cities provides an analysis of artists residing in 92 large municipalities across Canada. "Large municipalities" are defined as those cities with at least 50,000 residents in 2001.

The key statistics for the large cities in this report are:
  • the number of artists in 2001;
  • artists as a percentage of the overall labour force in 2001;
  • the change in the number of artists between 1991 and 2001;
  • artists’ average earnings in 2001;
  • artists’ average earnings compared with overall labour force earnings in 2001; and
  • the number of artists in each of the nine arts occupations in 2001.
The average earnings of artists in each of the nine arts occupations are provided only for Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto, since the estimates of artists’ earnings are reliable for almost all of the nine arts occupation groups in each of these three cities.

The report also examines whether the largest Canadian cities have higher concentrations of artists, higher artists’ earnings, higher earnings as a percentage of the local labour force, or larger growth in the number of artists between 1991 and 2001.