“The Government of Canada understands the importance of giving Canadian creators and artists every chance to seize opportunities provided by international markets and audiences, and we are proud to showcase Canada’s art and cultural industries to the world. These investments will benefit Canadian creative exporters by increasing their competitive position on the international stage, ensuring their sustainability and contributing directly to Canada’s overall economic and social prosperity.”

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

The Arts and Cultural Industries sector comprises a wide range of companies and arts organizations. For the Trade Commissioner Service, the industry is generally regarded as a convergence of many components generally described in six key sub-sectors:

  • Audio-visual (film and video)
  • Music
  • Written and published works (books, magazines, periodicals)
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual and Applied Arts
  • Heritage and Museums