Explore the economics of Alberta art

Date: Feb 27, 2018

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On February 27, 2018, Statistics Canada released Culture Satellite Account (CSA) updated economic data for the Canadian arts, culture and sport sectors from 2010 – 2016.

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 2016, culture and sport goods and services contributed $6 billion to Alberta's GDP, the fourth highest among the provinces. Like most industries across Alberta, the culture and sport sectors saw a slight decrease in total GDP in 2015 and 2016. However, over the long term, both sectors continue to show growth.  

From 2010 to 2016, Alberta’s culture GDP increased overall by 15 per cent, for a total of $5.3 billion in 2016:

  • of the culture GDP, the largest growth was observed for live performance (44 per cent growth)

Additionally, Alberta’s culture sector provided a total of 57,816 jobs in 2016.

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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.


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