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Nova Scotia report: Buoyant creative class helps keep economy afloat

Canada's cultural sector accounted for 1.1 million jobs in 2007.

Mayor Peter Kelly at unveiling of Dartmouth Cove Mural Project, 2007February 24, 2009 — Shovel-ready is a popular term these days. The phrase is often thrown around as a means of describing capital projects that could provide an almost immediate impact on the economy.

Usually such talk is reserved for road construction or some other labour-intensive building project, work traditionally used by governments during tough economic times to employ a lot of people.

But perhaps another opportunity to employ large numbers of people is being overlooked during this economic downturn.

To help drive that point home, the Nova Scotia Cultural Action Network revealed Building the Creative Economy in Nova Scotia last week. It is a report that suggests investment in arts and culture would be a creative way of providing an economic stimulus for a faltering economy.

The study uses Conference Board of Canada numbers to help support its argument. The conference board says Canada's culture sector accounted for 1.1 million jobs in 2007. And it now employs as many people as the agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining, oil and gas and utilities sectors combined. . .

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  Art is an unprofitable and frivolous. / Art stimulates economy, enriches civic life.

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  Let's think creatively about stimulating economy, by Roger Taylor, The Chronicle Herald, February 24 2009

Posted: February 25, 2009

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