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How are Canada’s cultural workers really doing?

Report CoverThe Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) has released the report on affordability and working conditions of Canadian non-artist cultural workers. This report, the counterpart to the artists report, was prepared by Hill Strategies Research Inc. based on an innovative national survey.

Following the survey’s release, interest was evident as 1,170 responses were received. The survey aimed to better understand certain market conditions while uncovering the challenges and opportunities artists and workers in the cultural sector face. The analysis reveals that more than eight in ten of the non-artist cultural workers who responded to the survey have an employment position (83%), including 58% who have a permanent position and 15% who have a contract position. However, one-half of responding cultural workers (53%) said that they are financially stressed. This percentage is much higher than a benchmark statistic for all Canadians (37%).

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CHRC and Hill Strategies Inc. thank the survey participants!

As part of their research and advocacy efforts CHRC invites cultural sector workers to complete the individual revenue survey to get an up-to-date account on labour market information across Canada. CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE. Further, an organizational compensation study will follow later in the year.

About CHRC

The Cultural Human Resources Council was created in 1995 to strengthen the Canadian cultural workforce, whose membership and collaborations reflect the diversity of our nation’s arts and cultural disciplines and industries. CHRC is the first place to go for human resources solutions and thought leadership through research, training, innovative solutions, and resources to the Canadian cultural industries in Live Performing Arts; Writing and Publishing; Visuals Arts and Crafts; Film and Television; Digital Media; Music and Sound Recording; and Heritage. Working in both official languages, CHRC also works on cross-sector issues such as Cultural Management, Career Management and Export Marketing, and strives to be at the center of vision and forward thinking in cultural human resources development.