Statistics Canada's Satellite Account of Nonprofit Institutions and Volunteering provides information on the economic size and scope of the non-profit sector. Overall, the non-profit sector's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was $83 billion in 2004, or about 7% of Canada's total GDP. (The measure of economic activity in this report differs substantially from the methodology used in estimates of the cultural sector's economic impact.)
This detailed report from the Conference Board of Canada examines the cultural sector's contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employment. The key message of the report is that the arts and culture are "cornerstones of the creative, knowledge-based economy". The Conference Board estimates the economic impact of the cultural sector to be $85 billion in 2007, or 7.4% of Canada's GDP. The impact of the cultural sector on employment equals 1.1 million jobs, or 7.1% of total employment in Canada.
This discussion paper, prepared in advance of the November 2007 conference on culture and public diplomacy, provides greater detail than the conference summary document about the nature of public diplomacy, its history, its practice in Europe and America, as well as its practice and history in Canada.
This report provides an overview of discussions at a November 2007 conference on culture and public diplomacy. The report states that the "arts and culture play a central role in the diplomatic strategies of numerous countries, which see the presentation of their culture abroad as a chance to tell the world who they are and to create a positive image useful in pursuing their goals".
Statistics Canada provides raw data annually on trade in culture goods and services. The most recent culture services trade tables, providing data from 2005, have been analyzed by Hill Strategies Research for this issue of the Arts Research Monitor.