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Ontario Arts Council

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Direct economic impact of arts and culture in Ontario – 3.5% of Ontario’s GDP
$25.7 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

A Statistical Profile of Artists in Ontario

March 1, 2005

This study provides an in-depth examination of artists in Ontario, based largely on the 2001 census. Nine arts occupations are profiled, including:
  • actors;
  • artisans and craftspersons;
  • conductors, composers and arrangers;
  • dancers;
  • musicians and singers;
  • other performers;
  • painters, sculptors and other visual artists;
  • producers, directors, choreographers, and related occupations; and
  • writers.

This report endeavors to present detailed, reliable and recent statistics about artists in Ontario, specifically the number of artists, artists’ earnings, selected demographic characteristics of artists, and trends in the arts labour force between 1991 and 2001.