We are pleased to present the first edition of the Counting on Culture: Impacts and Indicators in Ottawa, a set of culture indicators intended to provide a window on cultural activity in Ottawa.
Community organizations and governments alike have long recognized the need for comprehensive, consistent, and reliable culture data collection and regular reporting of culture indicators. In May 2016, the Ottawa Culture Research Group (OCRG) was created as an informal collaboration of community, academic, and government partners working together to share culture data and research and to develop culture indicators. This report is the result of that collaboration.
The mandate of the OCRG is centred on the sharing and analysis of reliable data and information about the state of Ottawa’s culture sector. ‘Culture’ is a complicated concept, which encompasses a broad range of meanings. The indicators in this report generally adhere to the Conceptual Framework for Culture Statistics. The culture sector consists of the people and organizations whose work fall within this framework.
The report provides insight on various aspects of culture in Ottawa – some of which have never before been profiled. It examines four key types of indicators: support, presence, participation, and impact. Data from all levels of government, as well as from the sector itself, provide a better understanding of key aspects of the indicators that are included in this report. Ultimately, the purpose of this initiative is to provide culture organizations, leaders, and policy makers with better information for more effective cultural planning, evaluation, development, priority setting, resource allocation, and decision-making, contributing to a more effective culture sector.
The Support chapter looks at government grants to the culture sector. At the national level, it compares grants received in Ottawa from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage with other major Canadian cities. Where possible, this information is broken down by discipline.
As a first effort, we are aware that there are gaps in these indicators. For example, there is not yet clear data around the social impact of culture in Ottawa, something that would greatly benefit from further research. Nevertheless, we hope that this report will still be useful to those who work in Ottawa’s culture sector, those who provide support to it, and those who want to know more about Ottawa’s cultural “story”. We learned a lot as we put this report together, and we hope that you will too.
Co-chairs of the Ottawa Culture Research Group:
Ottawa Museum Network
M. Sharon Jeannotte
Senior Fellow, Centre on Governance
University of Ottawa
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Appendix 1: Ottawa Culture Research Group Membership List
Appendix 2: Culture Industries by Domain
Appendix 3: Domains in the Conceptual Framework for Culture Statistics
Appendix 4: Culture Occupations by Domain, 2006 NOCS codes
Appendix 5: Comparing 2006 to 2011 NOC Codes
Appendix 6: Comparing 2011 to 2016 National Occupational Classifications
Appendix 7: Maps of Canada’s largest urban centres