Government and consumer spending on culture

Volume: 9 Issue: 5

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In this issue: Recent Canadian reports provide interesting insights into government and consumer spending on culture. These reports include a benchmark Statistics Canada dataset, Quebec-specific information on municipal cultural spending, and a Hill Strategies report on consumer spending on culture.
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  • Hill Strategies has analyzed Statistics Canada data on government spending on culture for this issue of the Arts Research Monitor. In 2007-08, governments spent $8.7 billion on culture, excluding transfers between different levels of government. This represents a 9% increase from 2003-04 (after adjusting for inflation). Between 2003-04 and 2007-08, provincial and municipal expenditures on culture increased substantially (19% and 17%, respectively). On the other hand, federal cultural spending decreased by 3%.

  • (Les dépenses culturelles des municipalités en 2007, Statistiques en bref, no 55)

    Municipal spending on culture is an area that is not covered in any detail by standard Statistics Canada surveys. As such, this report provides some interesting findings on cultural spending by Quebec municipalities. In 2007, Quebec municipalities spent $536 million on culture, representing 5.1% of all municipal expenditures. Montreal and Quebec City, the only two municipalities with populations over 400,000 in Quebec, spent $252 million on culture in 2007, or 47% of the cultural expenditures of all Quebec municipalities.

  • Canada, the Provinces and 12 Metropolitan Areas

    This report shows that Canadian consumers spent over $27 billion on cultural goods and services in 2008, which represents $841 for every Canadian resident. The $27.4 billion in consumer spending is three times larger than the $9.2 billion spent on culture by all levels of government in 2007/08.