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Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators (PTCI) 2018

December 18, 2020

Culture is an important contributor to the Canadian economy. In 2018, Canada’s cultural sector generated $56.1 billion and supported more than 655,000 jobs.

The Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators (PTCI) are timely economic estimates of culture and sport in Canada. They are derived directly from the Canadian Culture Satellite Account (CSA), an essential statistical tool for understanding the economic situation of Canada’s cultural sector. They demonstrate the magnitude of the economic value of culture, thereby confirming the importance of investing in the cultural sector.

The Government of Canada, along with its consortium partners, has recently released new 2010–2018 data from the Canadian Culture Satellite Account (CSA).

 

Key highlights from the Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators, 2018, released in October 2020

Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

  • The total GDP for culture was $56.1 billion in 2018, a nominal increase of 2.2% from 2017.
  • Culture accounted for 2.7% Canada’s overall GDP in 2018.
  • Data from this release indicate that the culture GDP grew in all provinces from 2017 to 2018. Growth ranged from 0.1% (Saskatchewan) to 5% (Nunavut).
  • The top 5 provinces and territories with the highest culture GDP are Ontario ($26.8 billion, or a 47.7% share of the total culture GDP), Quebec ($11.7 billion, or a 20.9% share), British Columbia ($7.6 billion, or a 13.5% share), Alberta ($5.3 billion, or a 9.5% share) and Manitoba ($1.5 billion, or a 2.7% share).

 

Culture Jobs

  • The total number of culture jobs increased by 0.5%, growing from 652,150 in 2017 to 655,157 in 2018.
  • The proportion of culture jobs to the economy as a whole remains relatively stable at about 3.4%, though the trend is one of slow growth.
    • The top 5 provinces and territories with the highest number of culture jobs are Ontario (277,400, or a 42.3% share of total culture jobs), Quebec (157,600, or a 24.1% share), British Columbia (101,900, or a 15.6% share), Alberta (54,400, or an 8.3% share) and Manitoba (21,300, or a 3.2% share).

 

Notes on the methodology

The Culture Satellite Account (CSA) is an accounting framework developed to measure the economic importance of culture (radio, television, newspapers, magazines, etc.), the arts, heritage, and sport to the Canadian economy.

Statistics from the CSA are the result of a rigorous and transparent methodological approach based on a wide range of economic data and surveys that are only available from Statistics Canada. More information can be found on the Statistics Canada website.

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is one of the most widely reported estimates used to assess the health of economies. The GDP is the total market value of all final goods and services newly produced within the borders of a specific geographic region (e.g., often a country, or a province or a territory) during a fixed period.

While this release does not reflect the recent impact of COVID-19 on the cultural sector, it provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on the impact of the cultural sector within the Canadian economy.

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Source: Statistics Canada, Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators, 2018. Date: October 22, 2020.

Culture GDP in 2018 - In thousands of dollars  Culture jobs in 2018
Canada $56,059,566 655,157
Alberta $5,303,087 54,439
British Columbia $7,565,276 101,908
Manitoba $1,524,180 21,253
New Brunswick $572,690 7,525
Newfoundland and Labrador $451,378 4,948
Northwest Territories $78,876 647
Nova Scotia $942,730 13,116
Nunavut $55,020 371
Ontario $26,761,253 277,430
Prince Edward Island $119,879 1,637
Quebec $11,699,686 157,619
Saskatchewan $925,297 13,566
Yukon $59,683 693
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This infographic shows culture Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and job numbers by domain and subdomain for 2018.

Heritage and Libraries
  Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – In thousands of dollars – Product Perspective Jobs – Product Perspective
Archives 19,217 287
Libraries 90,990 1,176
Culture heritage 455,548 11,771
Natural heritage 209,790 5,311
Total 775,546 18,546
Audio-Visual and Interactive Media
  Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – In thousands of dollars – Product Perspective Jobs – Product Perspective
Film and video 4,275,782 71,027
Broadcasting 9,136,805 41,901
Interactive media 6,302,442 44,950
Total 19,715,028 157,878
Sound Recording
  Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – In thousands of dollars – Product Perspective Jobs – Product Perspective
Music publishing 146,398 2,210
Sound recording 491,016 6,775
Total 637,414 8,986
Written and Published Works
  Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – In thousands of dollars – Product Perspective Jobs – Product Perspective
Books 983,904 10,644
Periodicals 925,348 10,268
Newspaper 1,595,880 24,372
Other published works 86,112 1,026
Collected information 430,682 5,306
Multi 4,430,352 59,158
Total 8,452,278 110,773
Visual and Applied Arts
  Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – In thousands of dollars – Product Perspective Jobs – Product Perspective
Original visual art 191,104 2,471
Art reproductions 44,272 973
Photography 800,675 12,948
Crafts 2,665,470 28,158
Advertising 2,223,469 27,789
Architecture 1,558,314 14,911
Design 3,427,962 52,079
Total 10,911,265 139,329
Live Performance
  Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – In thousands of dollars – Product Perspective Jobs – Product Perspective
Performing arts 2,773,767 66,884
Festivals and celebrations 170,274 4,264
Total 2,944,041 71,148
Other
  Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – In thousands of dollars – Product Perspective Jobs – Product Perspective
Education and training 3,498,692 51,458
Governance, funding and professional support 8,056,031 85,608
Multi 1,069,270 11,432

Source: Statistics Canada, Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators, 2010 to 2018 Date: October 22, 2020

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