On May 11, 2016, Statistics Canada released Culture Satellite Account (CSA) economic data for the Canadian arts, culture and sport sectors from 2010 – 2014, through the first ever Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators report.
The CSA is an accounting framework that measures the economic importance of culture and sport in the Canadian economy in terms of output, gross domestic product (GDP) and employment, and is supported in part by the Government of Alberta.
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. Alberta has seen ongoing growth in the culture sector, with an estimated 2.7% increase to GDP from 2014 to 2015.
Alberta’s arts community makes important contributions to the overall economic impact of the province’s culture sector. Through strong and stable funding through the Government of Alberta, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts will continue to support artistic activity across the province to improve Albertan’s quality of life and contribute to the diversification of Alberta’s economy.