Hill Strategies: Situation of Artists

VOLUME 18 NO 3 / JULY 31, 2019

Focusing on nine arts occupations and 50 cultural occupations, this report highlights key aspects of the working lives of artists and cultural workers in Canada. Based on the 2016 long-form census, which captured occupational information based on the job in which people worked the most hours between May 1 and 7, 2016, the report indicates that the 183,200 artists in Canada represent just under 1% of the overall Canadian labour force. The report notes that there are more artists (183,200) than workers “in automotive manufacturing (154,100) and the utilities sector (144,900)”.

The most common arts occupations in Canada are: musicians and singers (40,300, or 22% of all 183,200 artists), authors and writers (31,100, or 17%), producers, directors, choreographers, and related occupations (29,100, or 16%), and visual artists (24,800, or 14%). The report contains key demographic, employment, and income information for each arts occupation.

In its examination of the demographic and employment characteristics of all artists, the report finds that:
- “Women comprise 53% of artists, higher than the proportion of all workers (48%).
- A much larger percentage of artists than all workers have a bachelor’s degree or higher (44% vs. 27%).
- 52% of artists are self-employed, compared with only 12% of all Canadian workers.
- The age distribution of artists is fairly similar to all workers: nearly one-half of artists (47%) are 45 years of age or older, similar to the 45% of all workers. However, more artists than all workers are 65 years of age or older (12% vs. 6%).
- Racialized Canadians are under-represented among artists (15%) compared with all workers (21%).
- Indigenous and immigrant workers are slightly under-represented among artists: Indigenous People (3.3% of artists and 4.0% of all workers) and immigrants (21% of artists and 23% of all workers).”

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Source: Hill Strategies

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