Arts attendance / Consumer spending / Local information

Volume: 6 Issue: 7

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In this issue: A series of local "vital signs" reports examine some cultural indicators in selected Canadian metropolitan areas. The findings of these reports will be contrasted with the findings of recent reports on consumer spending on culture and cultural and heritage activities in Canada and the provinces in 2005.
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  • The 11 local reports in the Vital Signs series provide some interesting information about the arts in the selected communities. However, because some of the indicators do not follow standard definitions from Statistics Canada or other cultural sector reports, the reports are less useful than they might otherwise be.
  • This report shows that Canadian consumers spent over $25 billion on cultural goods and services in 2005, including art supplies and musical instruments, art works and events, home entertainment, movie theatre admissions, photographic equipment and services, and reading material. The $25.1 billion in cultural spending is 5% higher than the combined consumer spending on household furniture, appliances and tools ($24.0 billion).
  • 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.

  • 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.