Labour Studies Index

Updated: 2022-05-16

A Statistical Profile of Artists and Cultural Workers in Canada: Based on the 2011 National Household Survey and Labour Force Survey

Document type Report
Author Hill Strategies Research
Date 2014 10 7
Pages 50


There are 136,600 artists in Canada who spent more time at their art than at any other occupation in May of 2011 (which is when the National Household Survey data were collected). The number of artists represents 0.78% of the overall Canadian labour force. One in every 129 Canadian workers is an artist. The number of artists (136,600) is slightly higher than the labour force in automotive manufacturing (133,000) and slightly lower than the labour force in the utilities sector (149,900) and telecommunications (158,300). --Executive Summary