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Amount granted to the arts for each Ontarian
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Kathryn Townshend

Director of Research, Policy and Evaluation
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Research Analyst
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Artists in Small and Rural Municipalities in Canada

February 1, 2006

Artists in Small and Rural Municipalities in Canada, a report from Hill Strategies Research, finds significant concentrations of artists in small and rural municipalities across Canada. The study is based on a custom data request from Statistics Canada’s 2001 census, conceived of and commissioned by Hill Strategies Research. The full report is available here.
With 52,500 artists, Ontario has nearly twice as many artists as any other province. Artists represent 0.8% of the provincial labour force, equal to the national average. Six small or rural Ontario municipalities have a concentration of artists that is at least double the national average of 0.8%, including:
  1. Seguin Township, located in the northeastern region of the province, near Parry Sound, which has an artistic concentration of 3.5%, over four times the national average;
  2. Merrickville-Wolford, a village south of Ottawa, where artists comprise 2.7% of the local labour force;
  3. Niagara-on-the-Lake (home of the Shaw Festival), in southwestern Ontario, which has an artistic concentration of 2.2%;
  4. Centre Hastings Township, north of Belleville in eastern Ontario, where artists comprise 1.9% of the local labour force;
  5. Alnwick/Haldimand Township, west of Belleville in eastern Ontario, which has an artistic concentration of 1.7%; and
  6. Chatsworth Township, south of Owen Sound in central Ontario, where artists comprise 1.6% of the local labour force.