Cultural Statistics Strategy

The Cultural Statistics Strategy (CSS) is a partnership program with the Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH) and Statistics Canada that sources and compiles invaluable data on Culture’s economic and qualitative impacts within Canada. CCNC municipal members have an opportunity to partner in this project each year, receiving GDP and employment data sets for their municipality.  

Order your data

To access data for your municipality, become a CSS municipal partner by submitting a request for approval to [email protected]. Partners will be accepted up until September each year, however, we encourage those interested to inquire by March in order to ensure data delivery by fall each year.

Each year, partnership includes one order of localized data. Partners are required to renew their status in CSS every year to continue receiving data purchases. However, once a municipality is approved for partnership, they will not be required to request approval again.

Now is the time to invest in CSS as we track the impact and recovery from COVID-19 of the culture sector at the municipal level.

“Good data is a key pillar in making the case for culture. Through CCNC’s participation in the Cultural Statistics Strategy, municipalities get direct access to the most up-to-date cultural statistics in the country, and biannual meetings with a peer research group to test new ideas”

– Elena Bird, City of Toronto, ON


Partners receive two data sets each year: GDP and employment for the year (data measured for two years prior to the year of order) and total GDP and employment. Data sets are confidentially sourced and delivered to partners, usually in the fall each year.

An infographic is designed for each partner to compliment data and illustrate a summary of the municipality’s culture impact.

2019 infographic example

Special projects

PCH is working towards special data projects related to the impact of COVID-19 on the sector.

They are also continuing work on a wellness app for mobile devices in 2021. This app will measure the qualitative impact of culture in communities; an ideal tool to illustrate the full value of culture work, especially when paired with the economic story told by partners’ data sets.


CSS fees are based on population size. If you are interested in becoming a partner please contact CCNC at [email protected] for more information.

Order fees range from $200 to $4,000 CAD.