Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Provincial and local statistics

Statistics Canada recently released a brief overview and data tables regarding government spending on culture in 2009-10. In 2009-10, the three levels of government spent $9.6 billion on culture, excluding transfers between different levels. This represents a 20% increase from 2003-04 (after adjusting for inflation). It should be noted that Statistics Canada has recently cancelled this survey for budgetary reasons. Therefore, data will not be available for subsequent years.

Two other provincial reports that were recently included in the Arts Research Monitor are:

The Vital Signs series provides local information about a range of social issues, including the arts. The arts-related information in the Vital Signs series examines performing arts and festival participation rates in eight Census Metropolitan Areas in five provinces (Victoria, Kelowna, Calgary, Sudbury, Hamilton, Toronto, Montreal and Saint John). This information is based on a special request from Statistics Canada's 2010 General Social Survey.

This report examines the arts, culture and heritage activities of provincial residents in 2010, with comparisons to previous surveys in 1992, 1998 and 2005. Based on Statistics Canada's General Social Surveys in these years, the report finds that:

  • "All residents in each province participated in at least one arts, culture or heritage activity in 2010."

  • "In all provinces, participation in many arts, culture and heritage activities has increased over the past 18 years."

Attitudinal Research

Based on a telephone survey of 1,000 New Brunswickers, this report examines their arts participation activities and attitudes. The report found that 96% of "New Brunswickers participate in the arts at least once a year", including reading books (86%), attending concerts or live music events (62%), going to plays (55%), visiting art galleries (37%), attending an arts festival (28%) and going to dance performances (26%). The report indicates that the typical margin of error of the survey results is 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

(La fréquentation des arts de la scène au Québec en 2010)

This report provides information about attendance at all theatre, dance, music, comedy, circus and magic performances in Quebec in 2010. Total attendance was 7.0 million, a 6% decrease from 2009. As a consequence, box office revenues decreased by 10% between 2009 and 2010 (from $275 to $247 million). Box office revenues per paying spectator decreased from $41.97 in 2009 to $40.09 in 2010 (a 5% decrease).

(Les infrastructures culturelles dans la municipalité : Nomenclature, recensement et état des lieux)

This report is intended as a first step in identifying norms and standards for municipal provision of cultural facilities. The report argues that cultural infrastructure "plays an important role in the quality of life of citizens", local economic health, cultural vitality, and tourism. However, the authors note that no norms currently exist for municipal provision of cultural infrastructure, such as the number and types of facilities on a per resident, per square kilometre or other basis.

This survey, conducted in the fall of 2009, covers topics such as arts organizations' access to facilities, facility ownership structure, age, condition, need for upgrades, planned capital expenditures, and knowledge of capital financing options. Regarding current access to facilities, 72% of organizations reported insufficient access to some type of space.

Based on a survey of 1,027 elementary and secondary schools (21% of all schools in Ontario), this brief report highlights the situation of the arts in Ontario schools. The report argues that "Ontario has an extensive arts curriculum, but no specific funding for arts programs or specialists".

A first look at data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth

Based on 10,309 parents responding to Statistics Canada's National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth, this report provides information about the participation of young children in arts and reading activities outside of school in 2008. The report finds that:

  • 18% of children between three and seven years old "take weekly lessons or instruction in music, art or other non sport activities. On the other hand, 80% 'almost never' take lessons or instruction in music, art or other non sport activities. The remaining 2% take lessons or instruction in music, art or other non sport activities 'about once a month'."
  • 35% of children between three and seven years old "take weekly lessons or instruction in dance, gymnastics or martial arts (or 'other organized physical activities'). In contrast, about two-thirds (64%) 'almost never' take lessons or instruction in dance, gymnastics or martial arts. Only 1% of children of all age groups take lessons or instruction in dance, gymnastics or martial arts 'about once a month'."
  • "A majority of children read on their own on a daily basis: 73% of three year olds do so (including those who 'look at books'); 68% of four and five year olds do so; and 70% of six year olds read daily. The percentage is lower for seven year old children, 52% of whom read for pleasure daily. Note: The slightly different phrasing of the question for seven year olds ('read for pleasure') may have an effect on these results."