1. Research
  2. Research Library
  3. Trade of Culture and Sport Products, 2019

Trade of Culture and Sport Products (TCSP), 2019

September 28, 2021

The Trade of Culture and Sport Products (TCSP) are timely estimates of the international and inter-provincial trade of culture and sport goods and services made possible through a joint initiative of Statistics Canada and a number of partners, including the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, and others. 

Research goal

The TSCP is an extension of the Culture Satellite Account (CSA), an accounting framework developed to measure the economic importance of culture (including arts and heritage), and sport to the Canadian economy.

Methods

Data are extracted from administrative files and derived from other Statistics Canada surveys and other sources.

Outcomes

Key highlights from the Trade of Culture and Sports Products, 2019, released in September 2021 include:

  • Canada exported $18.7 billion in culture products in 2019, up 4.2% from the previous year. 
  • This growth was primarily driven by design (+8.8%) and crafts (+7.1 %).
  • Meanwhile, Canadians imported 2.8% more culture products in 2019, for a total of $22.3 billion.
  • Culture products accounted for 2.5% of all goods and services exports, and 2.9% of total imports.
  • The United States has remained Canada’s largest trading partner for culture products, representing 57.9% of exports and 61.7% of imports, in 2019.
  • The second most notable trading partner was the European Union, with 12.5% of exports and 10.6% of imports.

Image of a map of Canada with an arrow pointing in towards the map (representing culture imports) and an arrow pointing outwards from the map (representing culture exports).
Source: Statistics Canada, Trade of Culture and Sports Products, 2019. Date: September 28, 2021.

Culture imports

In 2018, imports of culture products1 totaled $21.8 billion.

Total culture imports per year
Year Total culture imports (culture product)
2011 $15.84 billion
2013 $19.43 billion
2015 $20.18 billion
2017 $21.06 billion
2019 $22.33 billion

Canada imported the most culture products from the United States, China and Mexico.

Top 5 countries – Culture imports
Country Culture imports in 2019
United States $13.98 billion
China $1.08 billion
Mexico $619.7 million
United Kingdom$523.0 million
France$487.8 million

The Crafts3, Books, and Film and video sub-domains contributed the most to culture imports.

Top 5 subdomains – Culture imports
Subdomain Culture imports in 2019
Crafts $5.43 billion
Books $2.05 billion
Film and Video$1.94 billion
Performing arts$1.82 billion
Design $1.71 billion

Culture exports

In 2019, exports of Canadian culture products1 totaled $18.73 billion.

Total culture exports per year
Year Total culture exports (culture product)
2011 $12.20 billion
2013 $13.98 billion
2015 $15.22 billion
2017 $16.82 billion
2019
$18.73 billion

Canada exported the largest amount of culture products to the United States, China, and the United Kingdom.

Top 5 countries – Culture exports
Country Culture exports in 2019
United States $11.08 billion
China $1.24 billion
United Kingdom $657.3 million
Germany $627.3 million
Hong Kong $508.1 million

 

Top 5 subdomains – Culture exports
Subdomain Culture exports in 2019
Film and Video
$4.56 billion
Crafts $4.34 billion
Interactive media $1.67 billion
Design$1.17 billion
Performing arts$1.10 billion

Questions?

Please contact the Research, Measurement and Data Analytics Section at research@canadacouncil.ca