Statistics Canada released the first Canadian Culture Satellite Account, which estimates that culture contributed 3.1% to the Canadian economy in 2010 while sport contributed 0.3%. The CSA measures the economic importance of culture and sport in the Canadian economy in terms of output, gross domestic product (GDP) and employment (number of jobs).
There were 647,300 culture jobs in 2010, accounting for 3.7% of total employment.
GDP associated with culture activities (culture GDP) was $47.8 billion in 2010. Live performance contributed $1.9 billion in GDP, and was responsible for 52,000 jobs across Canada.
The Culture Satellite Account (CSA) is a joint initiative of Statistics Canada, all provincial and territorial governments, other federal agencies, numerous cities as well as non-governmental organizations. The CSA has been developed by applying the 2011 Canadian Framework for Culture Statistics to the Canadian System of Macroeconomic Accounts. The CSA provides an accounting framework to identify and measure culture and sport in Canada.
The CSA identifies the “culture” and “sport” dimensions from within the Canadian economy and provides measures of the economic importance of culture (inclusive of the arts and heritage) and sport in Canada in terms of output, gross domestic product and employment. These estimates are comparable with similar measures for the overall Canadian economy. The CSAestimates for reference year 2010 were derived primarily from the 2010 Input-output Accounts.
Within the CSA, culture is defined as a creative, artistic activity, the goods and services produced by it, and the preservation of heritage.