|New report: Ontarians value the positive impact of arts on quality of life|
Toronto, June 8, 2017 – A new Ontario Arts Council (OAC) study conducted by Nanos Research shows that Ontario residents recognize the important contribution of the arts to vibrant, livable communities.
Impressions of the Impact of the Arts on Quality of Life and Well-Being in Ontario, the Nanos Research report based on a random survey of 1,004 individuals, found that a large majority of Ontarians agree that the arts contribute to the various elements of quality of life and community well-being. The research also demonstrated how strongly these views are held by Ontarians.
Arts and quality of life
Arts and identity and belonging
Arts and community well-being
Government investment in the arts
Positive views toward the arts across all regions and demographic groups
The survey also shows that regardless of the respondent’s region, gender and age, a majority of Ontarians had positive views about the arts and all of the following aspects: quality of life, community well-being, identity and belonging, and government investment.
“The results of the Quality of Life report confirm what we heard as we developed the province’s first Culture Strategy, and show that Ontarians intuitively understand that culture is a fundamentally important part of our lives and communities. I’m proud that our government is taking steps to strengthen the arts and culture sector as we implement the initiatives outlined in the Culture Strategy, and the Ontario Arts Council is an important part of that work.”
“This study clearly demonstrates that people across Ontario believe that the arts make an important contribution to their quality of life and social well-being and that arts activities are key factors in increasing the attractiveness of their communities as places to live and work.”
“Our research indicates that Ontarians not only value the arts for their impact on community and personal quality of life, but also for its ability to foster better cultural understanding and build shared community identities.”
This is a follow-up to OAC’s 2010 provincial survey and the second since 1994.
Methodology: Nanos conducted an RDD dual frame (land- and cell-lines) telephone random survey of 1,004 residents of Ontario, 18 years of age or older, between March 2 and 8, 2017, as part of an omnibus survey. The margin of error for a random survey of 1,004 residents of Ontario is ±3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
All numbers in this newsflash that refer to the percent of Ontarians who “agree” include those respondents who answered either “strongly agree” or “somewhat agree” to the statement. Similarly, the two numbers that refer to the percent of Ontarians saying the arts are “important” include all respondents who answered either “very important” or “somewhat important” to the statement.
|For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2015-16, OAC funded 1,676individual artists and 1,125 organizations in 209 communities across Ontario for a total of $50.5 million.|