CANADIANS’ ARTS, CULTURE, AND HERITAGE PARTICIPATION IN 2016
VIRTUALLY ALL CANADIANS PARTICIPATE IN CULTURE
In 2016, virtually all Canadians (15 or older) participated in some type of arts, culture, or heritage activity (100%, or 99.5% if rounded to one decimal place). This is one insight from Canadians’ Arts, Culture, and Heritage Participation in 2016, the 47th report in the Statistical Insights on the Arts series from Hill Strategies Research, based on Statistics Canada’s 2016 General Social Survey (Canadians at Work and Home).
Arts attendance levels were very high in 2016, with nearly nine in ten Canadians (86%) attending an art gallery, an arts performance, an artistic or cultural or festival, or a movie theatre.
Another key finding from the analysis is that one-half of Canadians 15 or older made or performed art in 2016 (or 14.8 million Canadians). Questions related to respondents’ active participation in making or performing art were asked for the first time in the 2016 General Social Survey. It will be interesting to follow changes in this key indicator in future iterations of the General Social Survey.
The participation rates for many arts, culture, and heritage activities have increased over 25 years, based on those questions that were also asked in previous General Social Surveys.