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- The performing arts industry in Canada generated $1.5 billion in operating revenues in 2012, a 4.0% decrease over 2010. Its operating expenses were also down in 2012 to $1.4 billion, a 1.3% decline compared with 2010. The operating profit margin of the performing arts industry decreased from 6.1% to 3.5% in 2012.
- Information on the Canadian performing arts industry is divided into two segments: profit (47.1%) and non-profit organizations (52.9%).
- In 2012, the vast majority of the industry’s operating revenues were generated by businesses in four provinces. Quebec led the way with 40.0%, followed by Ontario (33.8%), British Columbia (9.8%) and Alberta (9.0%).
- Salaries, wages and employee benefits rose 1.0% in 2012 to reach $445.6 million. They accounted for 31.2% of the industry’s total operating expenses. This is a slight increase over 2010 (30.5%).
- The non-profit firms in the performing arts industry attracted almost 13.0 million spectators in 2012. Theatre companies (except musical) comprised the largest segment of the non-profit sector in 2012, they attracted 58.2% of the total number of spectators.
The Performing Arts Survey is now conducted in partnership with the Department of Canadian Heritage. Because of a change in the frequency of the survey, the publication Performing Arts will not be published in 2015 for the reference year 2013.