Society and the Arts

Art has the power to inspire, the power to heal, the power to transform, to rehabilitate, to bear witness, and to make us believe that there are better days ahead. – Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada

Building an inclusive Canada

The arts are how we speak to each other across our vast geography. Our arts and cultural organizations express the Canadian values of diversity, tolerance and multiculturalism. They are a critical building block as Canadian children build shared citizenship and understand one another.

Facts at a glance

Nine in ten Canadians believe they get personal benefits out of attending professional performing arts. (1)

92% of Canadians believe that arts and culture make a community a better place to live. (2)

92% of Canadians believe that arts experiences are a valuable way of bringing together people from different languages and cultural traditions. (3)

People who attend arts activities have been shown to be significantly healthier,(4) have lower anxiety and be less subject to depression. (5)


(1) EKOS Research Associates, Survey of the General Public, The Value of Presenting, 2012.

(2) Phoenix Strategic Perspectives, The Arts and Heritage in Canada – Access and Availability 2012.

(3) Phoenix Strategic Perspectives, The Arts and Heritage in Canada – Access and Availability 2012.

(4) Hill Strategies Research, The Arts and Individual Well-Being in Canada, 2013.
The figures are derived from Statistics Canada’s General Social Survey of 2010, an in-depth telephone survey of about 7,500 Canadians 15 years of age or older.

(5) Koenraad Cuypers et al, Patterns of receptive and creative cultural activities and their association with perceived health, anxiety, depression and satisfaction with life among adults, 2011.