Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Reading, writing, publishing and literacy

The most recent Statistics Canada summary of the book publishing industry shows that book publishing revenues in Canada were $2.1 billion in 2006, while total expenses amounted to $1.9 billion. Before-tax profits were 10.3% of total revenues.
The intent of Learning Literacy in Canada, based on an assessment of 2,000 adult Canadians from all literacy levels, is to understand "the nature of [Canada's] adult literacy challenges and the appropriate ways in which these could be addressed". Overall, as noted in Statistics Canada's Daily article related to the report, "Canada has very few people who exhibit a really limited capacity in reading skills".
The key finding of Statistics Canada's report on the relationship between reading ability and educational outcomes is that "students with lower levels of reading at age 15 face challenges in graduating from high school by age 19: they are more likely to drop out of high school or to remain in high school at age 19, even after controlling for other factors".

This report provides a detailed examination of the performance of Canadian 15-year olds in science, reading and mathematics in 2006. As noted in Statistics Canada's Daily article highlighting the report's findings, "Canadian 15-year-old students still are among the best in the world when it comes to science, reading and mathematics".

Book reading findings

This report examines demographic and other factors involved in book reading (as well as three other cultural activities). Overall, book reading appears to be an activity that is enjoyed fairly equally by many groups of Canadians. The report finds that cultural experiences and cultural exposure are, in general, more important factors in book reading than demographic factors. In fact, eight of the top 10 predictors of book reading are cultural activities, not demographic factors.

This report provides a profile of the retail book market in Canada. A key argument in the report is that "the supply of books in the Canadian market is growing much more quickly than is consumer demand".

Based on Statistics Canada's General Social Survey, this report provides provincial information about cultural and heritage activities in 1992 and 2005. In most provinces, as in Canada as a whole, most cultural and heritage activities attracted about the same percentage of the population in 2005 as in 1992. Given the strong population growth in most provinces between 1992 and 2005, almost all cultural and heritage activities saw an increase in the absolute number of provincial residents attending, visiting, reading, watching or listening.

Based on Statistics Canada's General Social Survey, this recent report from Hill Strategies Research provides statistical information about the cultural and heritage activities of Canadians in 2005 as well as changes in these activities between 1992 and 2005.

This report, based on findings from the 2001 Census and the 2003 International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey, highlights how Canada is becoming increasingly diverse, with significant immigration from non-European countries. Most recent immigrants are of working age and contribute significantly to labour force growth in Canada.
This report, based on interviews and an online survey with library sector representatives, highlights the acquisitions processes in Ontario public and school libraries, especially with regard to Canadian books. The results are intended to assist publishers in marketing to library decision-makers.