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Arts and artists

Culture is one of Ontario's fastest growing sectors. The arts play an important role in fostering vibrant, liveable communities and building a strong, competitive economy. In Ontario, the arts:

  • Enhance quality of life with vital cultural experiences
  • Build great communities through cultural infrastructure and urban revitalization
  • Inspire Ontarians of all ages and backgrounds
  • Contribute to the province's knowledge economy.

The Ontario Government recognizes artists through:

Statistics on the arts

  • Ontario is home to close to 58,000 practising artists.
  • In 2014-2015, Ontario Arts Council funded 1,681 individual artists and 1,125 organizations in 216 communities across Ontario.
  • 60% of Ontarians attend professional music concerts at least once a year, 55% attend professional stage plays or musicals, and 51% visit art museums or art galleries.