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Ontario Arts Council

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Direct economic impact of Ontario’s culture sector – 4.1% of Ontario’s GDP
$27.7 billion


Kathryn Townshend

Director of Research, Policy and Evaluation
Toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7456

Michael Choo

Research Analyst
Toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7445

Peter Meyler

Freedom of Information & Records Management Coordinator

Consumer Spending on Culture in Canada, the Provinces and 15 Metropolitan Areas in 2003

May 1, 2005

This report examines the spending of Canadians on cultural activities, goods and equipment, including art supplies and musical instruments, art works and events, home entertainment, movie theatre admissions, photographic equipment and services, and reading material. The report provides information about total consumer spending on culture, per capita spending amounts, and changes in spending between 1997 and 2003. The report also compares consumer spending on culture between the provinces and provides a brief profile of consumer spending on culture in each province. The levels of consumer spending on culture in 15 metropolitan areas across Canada are also compared and profiled.