A statistical portrait of cultural spending by the Québec public administration

Québec, February 26, 2015 – During the 2012-2013 financial year, the departments and agencies of the Québec public administration spent $989.0 million on culture, 1.1% of total spending by the Québec government. That is shown in the study published today by the Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec of the Institut de la statistique du Québec.

More than two thirds of 2012-2013 cultural spending was in the following areas: Libraries (22.4%), Heritage, Museum Institutions and Archives (21.3%), Performing Arts (12.9%), and Radio and Television (10.6%).

Since 1985-1986, cultural spending has increased an average of 3.5% a year. In nearly 30 years, the amounts spent on culture rose from $58.70 per capita to $122.34. However, according to the Public Accounts, the share of cultural spending in all spending by the Québec public administration declined over time: from 1.4% in 1985-1986, it dipped to 1.3% in 2003-2004, and to 1.1% in 2012-2013.

New in 2012-2013: the addition of tax expenditures to the results

For the first time, in 2012-2013, in the wake of the adoption of a new accounting standard by the ministère des Finances du Québec, tax expenditures related to refundable cultural tax credits had to be considered. When that addition is taken into account, the amount of cultural spending in 2012-2013 climbed to $1,345.3 million, 1.5% of total government spending, or $166.41 per capita.

This information is from the publication Optique culture no.38, which can be consulted on the website of the Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec.

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