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Cultural Human Resources Council

Welcome to the
CHRC Newsletter
May 2014

In this issue!


Web site - New Navigation

You'll see a subtle difference in the website now, signalling a new way to access CHRC's rich and varied content….

On the home page are 4 choices upfront, depending on who you are/where you're at/what you do. You can easily click on the group that is right for you and be led to a wealth of information and resources to meet your specific needs.

Artists & Cultural Workers
Tools developed just for you by artists and cultural workers including creators, performers, producers, technicians, distributors, etc…

Tools for Entrepreneurs and Businesses created to ensure that you get the skilled workers that you need.

Educators & Trainers
(Universities, colleges, professional associations, guilds, unions, artist-run networks)
Tools developed by industry to help you prepare the emerging workforce.

High School
Tools to help students pursue a career in arts and culture.

We hope you'll find this new navigation very "user friendly"!


Culture Statistics

As we've mentioned in previous e-newsletters, CHRC is a member of the Culture Statistics Strategy Consortium that is overseeing the development of a Culture Statistics Strategy including the setting up of a Culture Satellite Account.

While the results are still under lock and key, consortium members were given an opportunity to review and comment on a draft of the first Culture Satellite Account (CSA) report. We were encouraged by the content. It is complex. The challenge is to present the results as clearly as possible without wading too deeply into methodology.

The CSA Report will be released in the fall.

Here are some FAQs about the CSA, prepared by Statistics Canada and Department of Canadian Heritage (DCH).

What is the Culture Satellite Account (CSA)?

The CSA is an accounting framework developed to measure the economic importance of culture (radio, television, newspapers / magazines, etc.), the arts, heritage and sport to the Canadian economy:

  • To provide credible estimates of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and sales
  • To support credible estimates of their contribution to jobs, labour income, international trade, industry value added, etc.
  • To allow for comparability with other industries or activities, such as tourism

What is a satellite account?

The Canadian System of National Accounts (CSNA) provides a comprehensive perspective of economic activity in Canada (see pg. 6 for more detail), from which the CSA derives its data. However, some parts of the economy are difficult to measure within the traditional national accounting framework.

National accountants have developed extensions – the "satellite accounts" – to measure the importance these activities. Satellite accounts can be seen as a reorganization of, and sometimes an extension to, the existing statistics in the CSNA. They focus on industries or sectors that are not identified in commonly used classifications or definitions.

For example, tourism is not an explicitly recognized industry in the traditional list of CSNA industries. Rather, it cuts across several industries (i.e. the transportation, restaurants, hotels, and recreation industries). More importantly, only a portion of the output of these industries serves tourism. Similar classification boundary issues for non-profit institutions, whose activities are mixed in with the activities of economic sectors.

The Culture Satellite Account (CSA) is specifically used to group together, in one place, all the elements of culture found in the CSNA, including those of arts, heritage and sport. These elements are based primarily on definitions from the Canadian Framework for Cultural Statistics. Previously, these elements were scattered across the CSNA and were sometimes difficult to identify. The CSA effectively creates a synthetic 'culture industry' that captures these elements, so they can be tracked and analysed for any number of purposes.

What data does the CSA produce?

The CSA produces Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and sales data for the Arts (e.g. live theatre), culture (e.g. periodicals, broadcasting), heritage (e.g. museums) and sport (e.g. organized sports). Other related labour data (e.g. number of jobs, the value of salaries and wages, total hours worked) are also producible via the CSA, albeit at a more aggregated level of detail.

How is the CSA different from other data sources already available?

Other economic estimates of culture, the arts, heritage, and sport are available, but not of the same quality as what the CSA offers. They tend to be dated, less comprehensive, and/or less reliable.

The CSA estimates will be regularly produced by Statistics Canada, using the Canadian System of National Accounts and other related sources, ensuring the most accurate, timeliest, and reliable economic data for culture, the arts, heritage and sport.

Using Stats

Speaking of the value of culture statistics, here is an example of how they can be useful. Le Devoir published an article entitled Surenchère culturelle. La surproduction existe-t-elle ? [Is there a surfeit of cultural production?] which gave rise to a healthy debate in the paper's opinion pages and online. The Conseil québécois du théâtre submitted a lengthy response which used key statistics to make their point about the economic contribution of the arts – prefaced with an affirmation of "art for art's sake". [Note that they are using stats, from 2007. The Culture Satellite Account will have more up-to-date stats.]

"We believe in the value of art for art's sake. Nonetheless, if the economic argument prevails, the cultural sector is not to be outdone. The Conference Board of Canada estimated the economic impact of the cultural sector in Canada to be $84.6 billion in 2007, or 7.4% of Canada's GDP. (Valuing Culture: Measuring and Understanding Canada's Creative Economy 2008) In Quebec, the cultural sector contributes almost 5% of the GDP, which is on par with other sectors, such as residential construction, transport and storage (Mouvement Desjardins, winter 2011). Despite its significant contribution to the economy, culture receives less than 1% of the Quebec budget. Contrary to popular opinion, the private sector is heavily funded by the government in the form of tax credits and other financial benefits to the tune of about $4 billion." (Translation)

Arts and Education

CHRC has always had arts and education on its priority list: whether to help high school teachers capture the digital media wave for their art classes; or to build bridges between college and university professors and industry; or to help emerging artists and cultural workers find work experiences in their chosen professions through internships. CHRC's goal in these initiatives is to strengthen the presence of arts in the education system and support the practice of life-long learning in the arts.

One organization we have supported over the years that shares our objectives is the Canadian Network for Arts and Learning: Canadian Network for Arts and Learning (CNAL) brings together all stakeholders engaged in arts education, across disciplines and regions. This includes artists, arts organizations, educators, schools and academia, policy-makers, funders, researchers and other umbrella organizations and individuals that share our vision for arts education for all Canadians.

Their mission is: to promote awareness of the benefits of learning in, and through, the arts in fostering creativity for all Canadians, to serve as a forum for the dissemination of research and exemplary practices, and to identify and mobilize partners committed to the goals of the Network.

We invite you to check out their updated website and consider joining their Forum:

You may also want to have a look at what the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published in a recently released study about the impact of art education.

New Status of the Artist Act Procedural Regulations

In April 2013, the Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) assumed responsibility for the interpretation and administration of Part II of the Status of the Artist Act. After consulting with the sector in this role, the CIRB has announced new Status of the Artist Act procedural regulations. They have been published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, for a 30-day consultation period. See the Canada Gazette website to view the proposed new regulations. This prepublication period provides an opportunity for the community to provide comments and feedback.

All comments are to be sent by email to Ms. Diane Chartrand, Senior Director of Strategic Policy and Planning, at, or to Ms. Susan Nicholas, Senior Legal Counsel, at

News from the Provinces

From Quebec

Gestion de carrière en ligne: Career self-management training is now available online for francophone artists. It is aimed at professional artists and those in the process of becoming professionals, in all disciplines. The participant agrees to participate in a virtual session every two weeks for a period of 15 weeks. They receive comments from tutors relating to each step; the 120 hours per client is equivalent to a CEGEP or university course load.

Quebec residents have access to this training for $40.
The training is also available to artists residing outside of Quebec.
For additional information

From New Brunswick

New Brunswick's Legislative Assembly held its third Arts Day in Fredericton on April 10, inviting the four political parties to a discussion about the place of arts, artists, and culture in New Brunswick.

Coordinated in this election year by the Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick (AAAPNB), ArtsLink NB and artsnb, this initiative included meetings with the Progressive-Conservative and Liberal caucuses, as well as the New Democratic and Green parties. During the day's meetings, the participating organizations stressed the growing importance of artists and the role of the arts in the development of the province. Arts and culture are part of a viable solution to significant challenges faced by the province. Participants emphasized the recognition of the professional status of the artist, the adoption of the revised cultural policy, as well as an increase of four million dollars per year for the next four years, in the budget allocated to arts, culture, and heritage, especially for the implementation of the new cultural policy.

From Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Partnership for Arts Research (SPAR), which includes as partners the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture and the University of Regina, is undertaking a 3-year project on Arts Ecology. See

By focusing on their interconnections, the research will show how artists contribute to innovation and as importantly how best to support artists' capacity to contribute.

Arts Ecology is studying the complexity of the arts ecology from the perspectives of individual artists and members of the general public. It is examining the nature of professional connections and networks forged by artists among themselves and with their community, and how these connections contribute to a healthy and sustainable arts ecology and the development of society.

This grass-roots approach will produce valuable data and scholarly insights into fundamental assumptions that underpin theories such as arts ecology, creative classes, creative clusters, creative cities, creative economies and creative ecologies.

Given Saskatchewan's thriving provincial economy and the resulting population boom, obvious questions arise as to whether local artists are connected with and/or benefitting from a "creative economy". By focusing on their interconnections, the research project will show how artists contribute and as importantly how best to support artists' capacity to contribute.

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Current Job Postings

Title Organisation City, Province
President and Chief Executive Officer Art Gallery of Hamilton Hamilton, Ontario
Agent ou agente de projets, Arts et culture Association franco-yukonnaise Whitehorse, Yukon
Coordonnatrice ou coordonnateur au développement national et international 3e impérial Granby, Quebec
Community Outreach Assistant Ottawa Art Gallery Ottawa, Ontario
Curator Dancemakers Toronto, Ontario
Directeur(trice) général(e) et artistique Centre de production DAÏMÕN Gatineau, Quebec
Artistic Director Tangled Art + Disability Toronto, Ontario

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A list of 2013-2014 Board members can be found on CHRC's web site.


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