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Trade of culture and sport products (TCSP), 2020

October 4, 2022

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, 2020, released in October 2022 include:

  • Canada exported $19.4 billion in culture products in 2020, down 4.4% from the previous year.
  • Increased exports of interactive media, crafts and advertising products helped to stem the declines in other areas in 2020. Crafts—primarily jewellery and silverware—also accounted for over $4.2 billion in culture exports.
  • Culture imports declined 7.6% to $22.0 billion in 2020, led mainly by decreases in visual and applied arts, and live performance. This was partially offset by increases in audio-visual and interactive media and culture education and training.
  • The United States has remained Canada’s largest trading partner for culture products, representing 67.4% of exports and 65% of imports, in 2020.
  • The second most notable trading partner was the European Union, with 10.7% of exports and 10.2% of imports.
Infographic: International Trade of Culture Products for 2012-2020

International Trade of Culture Products1 for 2012-2020

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).

Culture imports

In 2020, imports of Culture products1 totaled $21.99 billion.2

Total Culture imports per year
Year Total culture imports (culture product)
2012 $16.70 billion
2014 $19.45 billion
2016 $19.92 billion
2018 $23.22 billion
2020 $21.99 billion

Canada imported the most Culture products from the United States, European Union and China.

Top 5 countries – Culture imports
Country Culture imports in 2020
United States $14.3 billion
European Union $2.24 billion
China $1.05 billion
Mexico $626.9 million
United Kingdom $573.5 million

The Crafts, Broadcasting, and Design sub-domains contributed the most to Culture imports.

Top 5 subdomains – Culture imports
Subdomain Culture imports in 2020
Crafts3 $4.76 billion
Broadcasting $2.41 billion
Design $2.23 billion
Books $1.96 billion
Multi $1.71 billion

Culture exports

In 2020, exports of Canadian Culture products totaled $19.43 billion.2

Total Culture exports per year
Year Total culture exports (culture product)
2012 $11.53 billion
2014 $13.56 billion
2016 $15.92 billion
2018 $18.86 billion
2020
$19.43 billion

Canada exported the most Culture products to United States, European Union and China.

Top 5 countries – Culture exports
Country Culture exports in 2020
United States $13.09 billion
European Union $2.07 billion
China $1.05 billion
Germany $534.1 million
United Kingdom $486.8 million

The Film and video, Crafts, and Interactive Media sub-domains contributed the most to Culture exports.

Top 5 subdomains – Culture exports
Subdomain Culture exports in 2020
Film and video
$5.08 billion
Crafts3 $4.23 billion
Interactive Media  $2.21 billion
Design $2.07 billion
Governance, funding and professional support $709.8 million

Questions?

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