The Canadian Dance Assembly to Reiterate the Importance of the Arts in Canadian Living and Stands Behind its Members

Toronto, ON
- Following the interview of Margie Gillis on SunNews, in which she so gracefully and eloquently talked about the importance of the arts in the lives of Canadians, the Canadian Dance Assembly would like to add support to her comments by reminding the Canadian media about the following statistics. The Canadian Dance Assembly will let the numbers speak for themselves and advocate on behalf of our dignity.

1  - The cultural sector has about 600,000 workers, which is about double the level of employment in the forestry sector in Canada (300,000) and more than double the level of employment in Canadian banks (257,000).
Source: A Statistical Profile of Artists in Canada : Based on the 2006 Census, Hill Strategies Research, 2009

2 - In 2005, two thirds of Canadians read a book (66.6%), one in two attended a performance by professional artists or a cultural festival (48.8%), and one in four visited an art gallery (26.7%).
Source: General Social Survey, Statistics Canada, 2005

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