Statistics Canada is out with its latest data on cultural spending by governments. New Brunswick is second last in Canada in total spending (adjusted for population size). The feds spend more here than in the past but still well below our provincial neighbours in Atlantic Canada and Quebec/Ontario. Provincial spending on culture is average at $105/per person in 2008/2009. Municipal governments in New Brunswick spend less than all other provinces except NL but it is very important to point out that nearly 40% of New Brunswickers do not live in municipalities (with local government) – I think this is the highest percentage by a wide margin in Canada. So the local spending numbers are problematic.
Cultural Spending Per Capita (2008/2009) – by Level of Government
|Prince Edward Island||302.90||148.37||121.47||33.06|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||262.12||93.82||138.53||29.78|
Source: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/87f0001x/2011001/t011-eng.htm – I transformed these numbers per capita using Stats Canada population estimates for 2009.