Culture Satellite Account

The Culture Satellite Account (CSA) is an accounting framework created to better measure the economic importance of culture, arts, heritage and sport in the Canadian economy. The most recent publication can be found on the Statistics Canada website:

For further information on the concepts behind the CSA, please refer to the Conceptual Framework for Culture Statistics 2011 and the Classification Guide for the Canadian Framework for Culture Statistics 2011.

The CSA is developed by Statistics Canada with the support of a diverse group of partners referred to as the Culture Statistics Strategy Consortium, which consists of:

If you have technical questions related to the concepts, methods or data quality of the CSA, please contact Statistics Canada at 1-800-263-1136; or email.

For Media Relations please call 613-951-4636; or email.

If you have questions regarding the partnership behind the Culture Statistics Strategy, please contact the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Video – Culture: Value in Our Lives, Value in Our Economy

Culture: Value in Our Lives, Value in Our Economy

Learn more about the importance of culture to the Canadian economy. Video includes the latest figures for culture Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and jobs.

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Infographics

Trade of Culture and Sport Products for 2010-2016

The Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators for 2010-2016

Trade of Culture Products for 2010-2016

Infographic of Trade of Culture Products for 2010-2016, Canada
Description of the infographic: Trade of Culture Products for 2010-2016, Canada

Image of a map of Canada with an arrow pointing in towards the map (representing culture imports) and an arrow pointing outwards from the map (representing culture exports).

Culture imports

In 2016, imports of culture productsFootnote 1 totaled $20.8 billion.

Total culture imports per year
Year Total culture imports (culture product)
2010 $15.6 billion
2011 $15.8 billion
2012 $16.7 billion
2013 $19.4 billion
2014 $20.0 billion
2015 $21.6 billion
2016 $20.8 billion

Canada imported the most culture products from the United States, China and Mexico.

Top 5 countries – Culture imports
Country Culture imports in 2016
United States $13.6 billion
China $963 million
Mexico $576 million
United Kingdom $567 million
France $521 million

The CraftsFootnote 2, Books, and Performing arts sub-domains contributed the most to culture imports.

Top 5 subdomains – Culture imports
Subdomain Culture imports in 2016
Crafts $5.9 billion
Books $2.0 billion
Performing arts $1.8 billion
Multi $1.7 billion
Film and video $1.4 billion

Culture exports

In 2016, exports of Canadian culture productsFootnote 1 totaled $16.0 billion.

Total culture exports per year
Year Total culture exports (culture product)
2010 $11.2 billion
2011 $12.2 billion
2012 $11.5 billion
2013 $14.0 billion
2014 $13.7 billion
2015 $15.8 billion
2016 $16.0 billion

Canada exported the largest amount of culture products to the United States, China, and the United Kingdom.

Top 5 countries – Culture exports
Country Culture exports in 2016
United States $10.1 billion
China $695 million
United Kingdom $524 million
Germany $428 million
France $374 million

The CraftsFootnote 2, Film and video, and Governance, funding and professional support sub-domains contributed the most to culture exports.

Top 5 subdomains – Culture exports
Subdomain Culture exports in 2016
Crafts $5.1 billion
Film and video $2.1 billion
Governance, funding and professional support $1.3 billion
Interactive media $1.1 billion
Performing arts $937 million

Trade of Sport Products for 2010-2016

Infographic of Trade of Sport Products for 2010-2016, Canada
Description of the infographic: Trade of Sport Products for 2010-2016, Canada

Image of a map of Canada with an arrow pointing in towards the map (representing sport imports) and an arrow pointing outwards from the map (representing sport exports).

Sport imports

In 2016, imports of sport productsFootnote 3totaled $3.2 billion.

Total sport imports per year
Year Total sport imports (sport product)
2010 $2.5 billion
2011 $2.7 billion
2012 $2.7 billion
2013 $2.8 billion
2014 $3.0 billion
2015 $3.1 billion
2016 $3.2 billion

Canada imported the most sport products from the United States, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

Top 5 Countries – Sport Imports
Country Sport imports in 2016
United States $1.7 billion
Mexico $171 million
United Kingdom $142 million
China $115 million
France $95 million

The Organized sport sub-domain contributed the most to sport imports.

Top 5 subdomains – Sport imports
Subdomain Sport imports in 2016
Organized sport $1.7 billion
Governance, funding and professional support $1.4 billion
Education and training, sport $127 million

Sport Exports

In 2016, exports of Canadian sport productsFootnote 3totaled $1.8 billion.

Total sport exports per year
Year Total sport exports (sport product)
2010 $1.3 billion
2011 $1.3 billion
2012 $1.3 billion
2013 $1.5 billion
2014 $1.4 billion
2015 $1.6 billion
2016 $1.8 billion

Canada exported the largest amount of sport products to the United States, China, and the United Kingdom.

Top 5 countries – Sport exports
Country Sport exports in 2016
United States $889 million
China $116 million
United Kingdom $89 million
France $64 million
Australia $54 million

The Governance, funding and professional support subdomain contributed the most to sport exports.

Top 5 subdomains – Sport exports
Subdomain Sport exports in 2016
Organized sport $774 million
Governance, funding and professional support $785 million
Education and training $272 million

Provincial/Territorial Culture Totals for 2016

Infographic of Provincial/Territorial Culture Totals for 2016
Description of the infographic: Provincial/Territorial Culture Totals for 2016

Image of a map of Canada with lines connecting each province/territory to individual boxes. Boxes contain the name of the province/territory and the statistical information relating to the specific jurisdiction it points to.

Culture GDP in 2016 - In thousands of dollars – Product perspective Culture jobs in 2016 – Product perspective
Canada

53,786,510

652,406

Alberta

5,272,822

57,816

British Columbia

7,191,780

98,244

Manitoba

1,553,297

22,454

New Brunswick

543,161

8,469

Newfoundland and Labrador

414,476

4,968

Northwest Territories

76,134

896

Nova Scotia

874,066

13,719

Nunavut

47,743

321

Ontario

25,709,556

269,082

Prince Edward Island

107,721

1,694

Quebec

11,024,406

161,035

Saskatchewan

914,859

12,850

Yukon

56,330

857

Source : Statistics Canada, Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators, 2010 to 2016. Date: February 27, 2018

Provincial/Territorial Sport Totals for 2016

Infographic of Provincial/Territorial Sport Totals for 2016
Description of the infographic: Provincial/Territorial Sport Totals for 2016

Image of a map of Canada with lines connecting each province/territory to individual boxes. Boxes contain the name of the province/territory and the statistical information relating to the specific jurisdiction it points to.

Sport GDP in 2016 - In thousands of dollars – Product perspective Sport jobs in 2016 – Product perspective
Canada

6,484,765

112,908

Alberta

773,598

13,440

British Columbia

1,182,876

21,768

Manitoba

232,796

3,568

New Brunswick

81,420

1,492

Newfoundland and Labrador

68,981

1,208

Northwest Territories

8,632

110

Nova Scotia

151,704

2,760

Nunavut

8,020

77

Ontario

2,814,266

45,495

Prince Edward Island

21,591

332

Quebec

901,013

19,210

Saskatchewan

233,252

3,345

Yukon

6,546

102

Source : Statistics Canada, Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators, 2010 to 2016. Date: February 27, 2018

Culture Gross Domestic Product and Jobs, Detailed Figures for 2016

Infographic of Culture Gross Domestic Product and Jobs, Detailed Figures for 2016
Description of the infographic: Culture Gross Domestic Product and Jobs, Detailed Figures for 2016

This infographic shows culture Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and job numbers by domain and subdomain for 2016.

Heritage and Libraries
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – In thousands of dollars – Product Perspective Jobs – Product Perspective
Archives

17,383

242

Libraries

93,015

1,036

Culture heritage

362,340

9,780

Natural heritage

198,953

5,230

Total

671,691

16,288

Audio-Visual and Interactive Media
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – In thousands of dollars – Product Perspective Jobs – Product Perspective
Film and video

5,399,706

56,037

Broadcasting

8,521,085

43,591

Interactive media

5,437,855

45,183

Total

19,358,645

144,811

Sound Recording
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – In thousands of dollars – Product Perspective Jobs – Product Perspective
Music publishing

180,442

2,999

Sound recording

444,422

6,833

Total

624,864

9,832

Written and Published Works
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – In thousands of dollars – Product Perspective Jobs – Product Perspective
Books

764,380

10,342

Periodicals

994,439

14,352

Newspaper

2,069,348

26,895

Other published works

126,633

1,833

Collected information

288,999

4,158

Multi

3,990,691

61,835

Total

8,234,489

119,415

Visual and Applied Arts
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – In thousands of dollars – Product Perspective Jobs – Product Perspective
Original visual art

207,921

5,448

Art reproductions

42,519

1,108

Photography

738,415

12,219

Crafts

2,357,564

28,346

Advertising

2,155,207

34,275

Architecture

1,509,493

14,173

Design

3,092,793

52,123

Total

10,103,911

147,692

Live Performance
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – In thousands of dollars – Product Perspective Jobs – Product Perspective
Performing arts

2,525,538

60,714

Festivals and celebrations

152,363

3,877

Total

2,677,900

64,591

Other
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – In thousands of dollars – Product Perspective Jobs – Product Perspective
Education and training

3,615,908

51,397

Governance, funding and professional support

7,431,516

88,471

Multi

1,067,585

9,909

Source : Statistics Canada, Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators, 2010 to 2016. Date: February 27, 2018

Sport Gross Domestic Product and Jobs, Detailed Figures for 2016

Infographic of Sport Gross Domestic Product and Jobs, Detailed Figures for 2016
Description of the infographic: Sport Gross Domestic Product and Jobs, Detailed Figures for 2016

This infographic shows sport Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and job numbers by domain and subdomain for 2016.

Sport
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – In thousands of dollars – Product Perspective Jobs – Product Perspective
Organized sport

2,575,767

59,048

Informal sport

349,914

7,554

Education and training

2,231,412

33,724

Governance, funding and professional support

1,327,673

12,582

Total

6,484,765

112,908

Source : Statistics Canada, Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators, 2010 to 2016. Date: February 27, 2018

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