Three major research projects for Choral Canada
Funded primarily by Choral Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts, three major research projects have recently been completed:
- A survey of 2,000 Canadians 18 or older related to choral singing and attendance
- A detailed survey of 861 choral organizations in Canada, representing over 1,500 choirs and 60,000 singers
- An estimate of the number of choirs in Canada, involving a random sample of 864 schools and 977 churches as well as the survey of choral organizations
Key research findings include:
- 3.5 million Canadians sang in a choir in 2016 (10% of the population).
- The 3.5 million choral singers would constitute the largest city in Canada, 27% larger than the population of Toronto in 2016 (2.7 million, according to the 2016 census).
- About one in every 4 Canadian children sings in a choir (23%).
- 3 times more children under 18 sing in a choir than play hockey.
- 1.8 million Canadian adults (7% of all adults) sing in a choir. There are about 50% more adult choral singers than hockey players in Canada.
- More than 1 in 4 Canadian adults attended a choral performance in 2016 (7.8 million people).
- There are about 28,000 choirs in Canada.
- Choirs are involved in the social fabric of their communities. For example, 68% of responding choirs did community outreach (such as singing at hospitals, support facilities or other community events), and 62% performed at charity concerts or singing engagements in 2016.
- Attracting new singers is a key challenge for Canadian choirs.
A more detailed summary of the research is available below.
Also available are three infographics produced for the project:
- Key findings from all research elements
- Findings regarding choral (and music) education
- Key findings from the public survey