Government spending on culture

Volume: 10 Issue: 1

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In this issue: Recent Canadian datasets and reports have provided insights into government spending on culture, including a benchmark Statistics Canada dataset, an analysis of federal cultural spending between 2008-09 and 2010-11, and a report on provincial government spending on culture.
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  • Statistics Canada recently released a brief overview and data regarding government spending on culture in 2008-09. Hill Strategies has analyzed this data for this issue of the Arts Research Monitor. In 2008-09, governments spent $9.3 billion on culture, excluding transfers between different levels of government. This represents a 16% increase from 2003-04 (after adjusting for inflation).

  • CCA Bulletin 17/11

    This examination of federal cultural spending between 2008/09 and 2010/11, provided as a Bulletin from the Canadian Conference of the Arts, is based on "funding figures from the Department of Canadian Heritage, its agencies and programs". The key theme of the CCA Bulletin is the relative stability of "overall funding to key grants and contribution programs at the Department of Canadian Heritage".

  • This report, prepared for the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, relies on Statistics Canada data to examine provincial government spending on culture in 2008-09. While the detailed findings are specific to Saskatchewan, the comparisons between provinces provide information related to the entire country. The report notes that, on a per capita basis, provincial spending on culture is highest in Newfoundland and Labrador ($139 per capita), Saskatchewan ($132), Prince Edward Island ($123) and Quebec ($121).