Conclusion and next steps

The PTCSA measures, for the first time, the economic importance of culture and sport in every province and territory in Canada. It allows government, stakeholders, professional organizations and industry to understand the contribution of the culture sector to each of these economies and use this information for informed decision making.

This study has revealed that culture and sport play a significant role in each of the provincial and territorial economies, in terms of GDP, output and jobs. Culture contributed 3.0% ($47,673 million) to Canada’s GDP, while sport added 0.3% ($4,881 million). For the provinces and territories, the importance of culture and sport varied by jurisdiction from of 1.4% in Newfoundland, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories to 3.7% in Ontario. As a proportion of total provincial jobs, culture jobs contributed in Ontario at 4.1% and Saskatchewan at 2.2%. The importance of sport jobs to the provincial and territorial employment also varied across the country, from 0.9% in British Columbia to 0.3% in the Northwest Territories.

In an effort to improve the timeliness of the PTCSA, a feasibility study to develop annual indicators, at the domain level, is currently underway for reference years 2010 to 2013. The annual PTCSA indicators will measure the importance of culture and sport in a regular and timelier fashion. These estimates will be benchmarked to and projected from the 2010 PTCSA. The official release of the 2010 to 2014 annual PTCSA indicators is expected in 2016.

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