Québec municipalities spent more on culture in 2015

Québec, May 18, 2017. – Municipal expenditures on culture totalled $909 million in 2015, up 5.4% from 2014, and accounted for 4.8% of total operating expenditures of municipalities. Part of this increase was due to a 6.8% rise in expenditures for services rendered directly to the population, which amounted to $694 million in 2015. These results come from the annual survey of municipalities conducted by the Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec of the Institut de la statistique du Québec.

Expenditures by field and source of funding

A significant share of expenditures for services rendered directly to the population were in three cultural fields: libraries (44%), arts and letters (19%), and heritage, public art and design (15%). It is estimated that 81% of expenditures incurred in 2015 for services rendered were funded by property taxes. The largest expenditure items were salaries and benefits (43%), grants (17%), and purchases of goods and services (15%).

Expenditures per capita

Expenditures on culture by all municipalities amounted to a contribution of $110.95 per capita, about 5% more than in the previous year. This increase in per capita expenditures compared with 2014 was particularly notable in groups of municipalities with 100,000 to 199,999 inhabitants (+10%), with fewer than 5,000 inhabitants (+9%), and with 25,000 to 99,999 inhabitants (+7%).

These results come from issue No. 55 of the publication Optique culture, which is available on the website of the Institut de la statistique du Québec.


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