Research Reports

The Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage engages in research about the economic, social and intrinsic aspects of culture. Following are reports about culture conducted or commissioned by CCH or produced in partnership with others.

Culture Index 2016

The Nova Scotia Culture Index (NSCI) provides a never-before-available understanding of how average Nova Scotians participate in, are aware of, and value all major aspects of culture in the Province. The NSCI is a research tool created to gauge the social impact of culture in the province and to reveal how Nova Scotians interact with culture.  Results just released from the 2016 report  establish benchmarks for Personal Growth and Public Good. 
 
As citizens’ response to culture changes, the Nova Scotia Culture Index will continue to measure, track, compare and analyze the differences over time.
 
Future reports will provide data about Nova Scotians’ ongoing interaction with culture through lenses such as Personal Growth, Public Good, Heritage and Libraries, Live Performance, Visual and Applied Arts, Written and Published Works, Audio-visual and Interactive Media, and Sound Recording.

The 2016 Nova Scotia Culture Index Final Report (PDF 4.7 MB)

Provincial/Territorial Culture Indicators 2016

New economic estimates released on May 11, 2016 by Statistics Canada show the economic contribution of culture and sport in Nova Scotia has increased over the past five years. The trends are spelled out in a new report Provincial/Territorial Culture Indicators (PTCI), that updates our picture of the contribution of culture (PDF 570 KB) and sport (PDF 565 PDF) to the economy of every province and territory in Canada 2010 through 2014.

The data show that Nova Scotia has seen notable growth in culture and sport over these years.  The economic indicators include estimates of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and jobs for both culture and sport and reveal economic trends in arts, cultural industries, heritage, and sport. 

The data show that Nova Scotia has seen notable growth in culture and sport over these years. (PDF)

Released in June, 2015, and based on economic data from the 2010 year, this report provides Provincial and Territorial data from the Culture Satellite Account. (PDF)

Provincial/Territorial Culture Satellite Account 2010

Released in June, 2015, and based on economic data from the 2010 year, this report provides Provincial and Territorial data from the Culture Satellite Account. This report was prepared for the Federal- Provincial-Territorial Table on Culture (FPTTC) and its associates by the staff of the Satellite Accounts and Special Studies Section, National Economic Accounts Division, Statistics Canada. Review the full report or a summary of the data from Statistics Canada.

Canadian Culture Satellite Account Report 2010

This report articulates the Canadian Culture Satellite Account (CSA) developed by Statistics Canada. The Canadian CSA provides measures of the economic importance and activity of culture, arts, heritage and sport in Canada in terms of output, gross domestic product and employment, for reference year 2010.

The report was prepared for the Federal- Provincial-Territorial Table on Culture and Heritage (FPTTCH) and its associates by the staff of the Satellite Accounts and Special Studies Section, National Economic Accounts Division, Statistics Canada.

Since the beginning, Nova Scotia has been a funding partner in the development of the Culture Satellite Account and remains actively involved as a leader of the FPTTCH’s Culture Statistics committee.

The Creative Economy: Key Concepts and Literature Review Highlights 2013

The creative economy continues to emerge globally, and holds exciting opportunity for Nova Scotia. This recent literature review suggests that the creative economy is revitalizing manufacturing, services, retail, and entertainment industries across the world. It is also changing the work people do, what they want to do, and where they want to live. Prepared as a common reference of basic information on the creative economy for the Creative Economy federal-provincial-territorial working group (Canada), this document outlines key definitions and models that are informing policy decision-making around the world and is based on a reproduction of selected text and discussion from two recent government-sponsored literature reviews on the creative economy, one supported by the Government of Nova Scotia and the other supported by the Government of Canada.

The Creative Economy: Key Concepts and Literature Review Highlights (PDF 1.8 MB)