• Partners

    • Maintain and continue to enhance the collection of cultural data which would be useful in making policy decisions for all levels of government and our communities;

    • Create a common culture data pool accessible to all partners;

    • Discuss and plan for the future of culture data instruments and projects;

    • Increase collaboration.

  • *Targeted were Census Metropolitan Areas of 200,000 people or more however all CCNC members are welcome to join in the group.

Cultural Statistics Strategy

Note: if you are interested in joining the CSS and are not already a partner, please contact  for more information.


In 2013, CCNC became the coordinating body for municipal government participation in the Department of Canadian Heritage's Cultural Statistics Strategy.

In 2019, Cultural Statistics Strategy municipal partners received data up to 2017 and infographics reflecting the cultural sector's direct economic impact on each of their specific municipalities. Prepared by the Department of Canadian Heritage, data sets help communicate the measurable value of cultural initiatives within municipalities to stakeholders, internal and external. CSS partners are already starting to use the data to help shape business plans, budgets, area planning, and programming.

We are pleased to continue this initiative in 2020.

The Cultural Statistics Strategy (CSS) is a partnership of national, provincial, and municipal partners. The initiative is co-led by the Department of Canadian Heritage and the 13 provinces and territories who hired Statistics Canada to develop the Culture Satellite Account. The purpose of the partnership is to maintain and continue to enhance the collection of cultural data which would be useful in making policy decisions for all levels of government and our communities. While there is an abundance of data being produced, there are fewer reliable sources collecting and making it available. The CSS not only accesses the most reliable and rigorous statistics on culture, available through the Canadian System of Macroeconomic Accounts, it also cultivates a conversation and consensus between federal, provincial and municipal cultural partners about how and what to collect.

In the future, the Culture Satellite Account will continue to be an invaluable resource to the sector enabling not only a benchmark for valuing the economic importance of culture at the provincial and territorial level, but also for discovering new insights into how culture works at the local level and in our specific cities.

Interested in Joining?

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

“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, CCNC, President, 20132015

Background Photo Credit:
Totem Detail, Victoria, BC