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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

Social Effects of Culture: Exploratory Statistical Evidence

March 1, 2008

Exploratory in nature, this report examines the relationship between four cultural activities (reading books, attending live performances, visiting art galleries and attending movie theatres) and social phenomena:

  • Volunteering and Donating
  • Neighbourhood Connections
  • Sense of Belonging
  • Social Activities
  • Labour Force Participation
  • Quality of Life
Many studies have outlined potential social effects of culture. However, these studies often have not provided statistics in support of the potential effects.