COVID-19, Culture Days, and the Arts

COVID-19 has affected the arts and culture sector across the country and had a huge impact on how we celebrated Culture Days both in 2020 and 2021. In order to understand this impact in greater depth, we used our annual survey campaign as an opportunity to ask Culture Days attendees, as well as the general public in Canada, how much and in what ways the pandemic has affected their participation in arts and culture.

The data presented on this page are results from national surveys conducted in October 2020 and 2021.

Participation during the pandemic

Impact of arts and culture

While participation has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, access to arts and culture indoors, outdoors, and online has also provided much-needed support for many. Results from our survey indicate that arts and culture has had a positive impact on both physical and mental well-being and that people in Canada are using arts and culture to explore, process, connect, and communicate during these uncertain times.

Online Activities

A large portion of arts and culture events moved online in 2020 and 2021, where they were accessed virtually as restrictions were placed on in-person gatherings. This was a big change, but one that was well received by a majority of Culture Days attendees. Digital programs played a pivotal role in the Culture Days celebrations, allowing for fun and safe arts and culture engagement, while also opening up activities to larger audiences from across the country.

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