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New Data Demonstrates the Economic Importance of Arts and Culture in Ontario


Toronto, June 9, 2015 Statistics Canada’s release today of the Provincial and Territorial Culture Satellite Account, 2010 report is providing insight into the economic importance of arts and culture in Ontario and across Canada.

The figures in the report measure the contribution of culture to the Ontario economy for two unique perspectives:

  • Arts, culture and heritage products represent $21.9 billion of the province’s gross domestic product (GDP) and over 278,800 jobs.  This “product perspective” includes the contribution of culture products (goods and services) produced in both culture industries and non-culture industries.
  • Ontario’s arts, culture and heritage sector represents $23.8 billion or 4 % of the province’s GDP and over 301,000 jobs. This “industry perspective” measures all of the culture sector’s output – including both culture and non-culture products (e.g. a theatre company may generate GDP from both ticket sales – a culture activity – and food and beverage services – a non-culture activity).

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is one of several government partners – federal, provincial and municipal – as well as non-governmental organizations that contributed to Statistics Canada’s development of the Cultural Satellite Account (CSA), a framework to produce precise and reliable data on the economic importance of culture, arts, heritage and sport in Canada. 

Read the full report from Statistics Canada.

For more information:

Kathryn Townshend
Director of Research, Policy and Evaluation
416-969-7456  or 1-800-387-0058 ext. 7456  |

For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2014-2015, Ontario Arts Council funded 1,709 individual artists and 1,078 organizations in 204 communities across Ontario for a total of
$52.1 million.


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