The breaking news at the end of 2010 was the release of the much anticipated Cultural HR Study. This is the largest HR study ever undertaken on the cultural sector in Canada. It includes both a Labour Market Information (LMI) report with the most complete set of tables and detailed statistics ever assembled on the cultural labour force; and an in-depth report on HR Trends and Issues faced by employers, employees and the self-employed. See CHRC's website for highlights and the complete downloadable versions of these two reports at www.culturalhrc.ca/HRStudy2010
As the December 2010 release announcement explained:
The LMI report documents the breadth and strength of the sector with a labour force of 539,000 employers and workers across the country, and an economic impact of $39 billion or 3.1% of GDP.
The HR Trends and Issues report is based on interviews, consultations and a survey of close to 3,000 employers, artists and cultural workers from across the sector and across the country. Highlights include industry fast facts; environmental overviews of HR issues, with employer and worker perspectives; and promising policies, programs and practices.
"The sector study web pages and accompanying reports are smashingly terrific! I really like the presentation and the messaging on your website...and the covers of both reports are simply put...brilliant. We were all so thrilled to see such a colourful and artistic flare to the covers."
- Douglas Watt, Associate Director, The Conference Board of Canada.
In collaboration with our PATAC partners, the Chair of the HR Study Steering Committee, Richard Hornsby, and Executive Director, Susan Annis, will be meeting with cultural workers and employers across the country (and with our northern colleagues by teleconference) in January and early February to discuss the findings and recommendations in the Study.
To quote CHRC's Chair, Kevin Hanson:
"With its LMI snapshot and comprehensive assessment of current and coming HR issues, the HR Study will serve as a roadmap for CHRC and the cultural workforce over the next five years. Its findings and recommendations will help to strategically position culture as an innovative force at the centre of Canada's emerging digital economy."