Trade of culture and sport products (TCSP), 2020
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.
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.
Data are extracted from administrative files and derived from other Statistics Canada surveys and other sources.
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.
Source: Canadian Heritage
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).
In 2020, imports of Culture products1 totaled $21.99 billion.2
|Year||Total culture imports (culture product)|
Canada imported the most Culture products from the United States, European Union and China.
|Country||Culture imports in 2020|
|United States||$14.3 billion|
|European Union||$2.24 billion|
|United Kingdom||$573.5 million|
The Crafts, Broadcasting, and Design sub-domains contributed the most to Culture imports.
|Subdomain||Culture imports in 2020|
In 2020, exports of Canadian Culture products totaled $19.43 billion.2
|Year||Total culture exports (culture product)|
Canada exported the most Culture products to United States, European Union and China.
|Country||Culture exports in 2020|
|United States||$13.09 billion|
|European Union||$2.07 billion|
|United Kingdom||$486.8 million|
The Film and video, Crafts, and Interactive Media sub-domains contributed the most to Culture exports.
|Subdomain||Culture exports in 2020|
|Film and video
|Interactive Media||$2.21 billion|
|Governance, funding and professional support||$709.8 million|
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