Canadian Artists and Content Creators Economic Survey

Thank you for taking the time to answer this important survey. There are 28 questions, and the survey may take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

To effectively support Canada’s creative industries and cultural sector, policymakers need a clear picture of the challenges faced by Canadian artists and content creators. That’s why the Department of Canadian Heritage is asking for your help to answer this survey. Please treat these questions as an opportunity to give policymakers a view into your lived experiences as an artist or content creator working in Canada.  

Participation in this study is voluntary and anonymous. We will not use this information to identify or scrutinize individuals. The aggregated results of this survey are expected to be made publicly available on the Department of Canadian Heritage website and anonymized results may be shared with academics and other institutions for research purposes, for example through the Open Data Portal.

There are five topics covered in this survey.
  1. Your story as an artist or content creator” will ask questions about your background and creative work.
  2. Employment and income” will ask about your recent circumstances (up to 2019).
  3. Creative work in context of COVID-19” will ask about your experience creating and earning in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. Relationship to industry” will ask about your work with professional organizations and associations.
  5. The survey ends with basic demographic information questions.
We hope you will encourage others in your network to participate in order to reflect the diversity of artists and content creators and their circumstances in Canada as much as possible. Upon completing the survey, you will be prompted to invite others to participate. 

There are two privacy notices. The first relates to the Department of Canadian Heritage’s authority to conduct this survey.
The information you provide in this survey is collected under the authority of section 4(2) of the Department of Canadian Heritage Act for the purpose of conducting the “Canadian Artists and Content Creators Economic Survey”. Your participation is voluntary and will never result in an administrative decision being made about you. The data will be used for statistical and reporting purposes. Personal information collected may include self-identification information, education, language, age, marital status, contact information, gender, employment and income information, financial information and biographical information and is described in Standard Personal Information Bank PSE 938 - Outreach Activities.

The second is about the federal Privacy Act which safeguards your personal information.
Your personal information is protected under the provision of the federal Privacy Act and will be retained for a minimum of 2 years.  Under the Act, you have the right to access your personal information and request changes to incorrect information. If you wish to avail yourself of this right or require clarification about this Privacy Notice, contact Canadian Heritage’s Access to Information and Privacy Director by email at If you would like to file a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner, you may reach the following phone number: 1-800-282-1376 (toll-free). Thank you for your participation.

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Thank you again for your time in completing the survey.

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