Culture represented $5.3 billion or 1.7 per cent of the total provincial economy in 2016; sport accounted for $773.6 million of Alberta GDP

Mario Toneguzzi

Culture-related gross domestic product in Alberta represented $5.3 billion or 1.7 per cent of the total provincial economy in 2016, according to a report released on Tuesday by Statistics Canada.

That number was down 1.1 per cent, while the total provincial economy fell 5.2 per cent.

“The decrease in culture GDP was led by the visual and applied arts (down 5.6 per cent) and written and published works (down 3.7 per cent) domains,” said the federal agency.

Culture jobs fell 1.5 per cent to 57,816, while economy-wide jobs fell 1.3 per cent.

StatsCan said sport GDP grew 2.3 per cent to $773.6 million in 2016. There were 13,440 sport jobs in Alberta in 2016, a 3.6 per cent increase from the previous year.

Nationally, culture GDP totalled $53.8 billion in 2016, a 1.5 per cent increase from the previous year, while economy-wide GDP increased 1.8 per cent. Culture accounted for 2.8 per cent of Canada’s overall GDP.

Culture jobs in Canada were up 2.2 per cent to 652,406, while economy-wide jobs grew 1.1 per cent in 2016.

Sport GDP rose 3.2 per cent in Canada in 2016, totalling $6.5 billion and representing 0.3 per cent of the total economy. Sport jobs increased 4.9 per cent in Canada in 2016.

Mario Toneguzzi is a veteran Calgary-based journalist who worked for 35 years for the Calgary Herald in various capacities, including 12 years as a senior business writer.


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