Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Human resources

Culture sector employment, 1991-2003

The first of these two reports on cultural sector work, The culture sector labour force: Has the 1990s boom turned to bust?, received significant media coverage for its speculation that, based largely on a very small decrease in cultural employment in 2002, the growth of the cultural sector labour force in the 1990s might have halted after the year 2000. However, the second report, Culture sector employment, 1991-2003, which updates the data to 2003, appears to show that the 2002 decrease was an aberration in an otherwise strong growth pattern.

This report examines the arts, culture and heritage workforce in Canada, based on 45 occupations from the 2001 census.
Focusing on nine arts occupations, A Statistical Profile of Artists in Canada finds a number of significant characteristics about artists, including high levels of education, a high proportion of self-employment, a predominance of women, very low earnings, and strong growth in the number of artists between 1971 and 2001.
The 18 recommendations in the action plan aim to sustain and renew cultural management in Canada by bringing human resource issues to the forefront of government policy development and funding, service organizations' activities and arts organizations' practices.