Fast Facts

  • 80% of Albertans attended an arts event or activity in 2015. (Survey of Albertans on Culture, 2016)

  • 85% of Albertans feel arts activities are important in contributing to the overall quality of life in their community. (Survey of Albertans on Culture, 2016)

  • 82% of Albertans feel it is important that the Government of Alberta continues to fund and support the arts. (Survey of Albertans on Culture, 2016)

  • 62% of Albertans actively participated or performed in an arts activity or program at least once in 2016. (Survey of Albertans on Culture, 2016)

  • In 2012-13, total attendance at arts events hosted by AFA funded organizations reached 6.8 million—around 3.9 million paid attendees and 2.9 million unpaid attendees. (Arts Impact Alberta, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, 2014)

  • Each year, about 50,000 Albertans volunteer for the arts organizations that receive operational funding from the AFA. (Arts Impact Alberta, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, 2014)

  • Albertans’ cultural spending is the highest of all provinces at $4,231 per resident, 25% higher than the Canadian average of $3,375. (Statistics Canada - Survey of Household Spending, CAMSIM Table 203-0021)

  • In 2014, culture contributed $5.7 billion to Alberta's GDP, the fourth highest amount among the provinces and territories, and accounted for 55,518 jobs (Statistics Canada- Provincial and Territorial Cultural Indicators, CANSIM Table 387-0012)

  • Alberta has seen ongoing growth in the culture sector, with an estimated 2.7% increase to GDP from 2014 to 2015 (Statistics Canada- Provincial and Territorial Cultural Indicators, CANSIM Table 387-0012)