Government expenditures on culture / Performing arts organizations / Heritage organizations

Volume: 8 Issue: 6

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In this issue: A summary of recently-released statistics on Canada's cultural sector, including government spending on culture as well as the financial situation of performing arts organizations, museums, art galleries, historic sites, zoos and botanical gardens. These statistics relate to the 2006-07 fiscal year or the 2007 calendar year, obviously pre-dating the recession and recent shifts in government spending. Next month, the Arts Research Monitor will examine reports on the impact of the recession on the cultural sector.
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  • Statistics Canada recently released a brief overview and data regarding government spending on culture in 2006-07. In 2006-07, governments spent $8.2 billion on culture, excluding transfers between different levels of government. This represents a 5% increase from 2003-04 after adjusting for inflation.

  • Statistics Canada recently released a very brief text overview and summary data of performing arts organizations in 2007. Total revenues were $1.2 billion for all performing arts groups in 2007, a 2.8% increase from 2006 (not adjusted for inflation).

  • Statistics Canada recently released Canada-level data on heritage institutions in 2007. The total revenues of all heritage organizations were $1.2 billion in 2007, a 14% increase from 2004 (not adjusted for inflation).