Québec, May 26, 2016 – After five years of increase, municipal cultural expenditures in 2014 saw a 2.2% decline compared with 2013 and stood at $859 million. Cultural expenditures accounted for 4.7% of total municipal operating expenditures. This was revealed in the latest results of the annual municipal survey by the Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec of the Institut de la statistique du Québec.
Increase of financing expenses
There was a drop in expenditures for cultural services rendered to the population (-3.1%) and for general expenses (-3.9%), as well as a 6.8% increase in financing and amortization expenses.
Expenditures per capita
Cultural expenditures represented a contribution of $105.52 per capita ($108.66 in 2013). In large urban centres of 500,000 or more inhabitants, the cultural sectors that received the largest shares are Libraries, Arts and Literature, as well as Heritage, Public Art and Design. However, in municipalities with 200,000 inhabitants or less, expenditures for cultural events or events featuring a cultural component were greater than for Heritage, Public Art and Design. In these municipalities, investment in cultural events or events featuring a cultural component accounted for up to $12.53 per capita, compared with $4.64 in municipalities of 500,000 inhabitants or more.
This information was taken from issue No. 49 of the publication Optique culture, available on the website of the Institut de la statistique du Québec.
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