Consumer Spending on Culture in 2005

in Canada, the Provinces and 15 Metropolitan Areas

Some key findings of this report include:

  • Canadian consumers spent over $25 billion on cultural goods and services in 2005.
  • The $25.1 billion in cultural spending is 5% higher than the combined consumer spending on household furniture, appliances and tools ($24.0 billion).
  • Consumer spending on culture is over three times larger than the $7.7 billion spent on culture in Canada by all levels of government in 2003/04.
  • Spending on cultural goods and services grew by 48% between 1997 and 2005, much higher than the 18% rise in the Consumer Price Index during the same period.
  • Canadians' spending on live performing arts is now more than double their spending on live sports events.
  • Cultural spending per capita varies significantly between the provinces, from a high of $971 in Alberta to a low of $691 in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Alberta had the highest growth in consumer spending between 1997 and 2005, both on cultural goods and services and on all goods and services.
  • Among 15 metropolitan areas, Ottawa and Calgary have high per capita consumer spending on cultural goods and services.
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