Our research highlights the social and economic impact of the creative community, and identifies our sector's business skills/training gaps and needs.  We are commited to providing our community with the most relevant and up-to-date information on trends and issues concerning our sector.

WorkInCulture is embarking on an exciting new research project called MakingItWork, an in-depth look at the experience of workers and employers in the arts, culture, heritage and library sector in Ontario. This project is supported by the Government of Ontario.

As part of this project, we’ll be hitting the road for a series of community MakingItWork roundtables across Ontario over the next few months. The MakingItWork roundtables, led by Nordicity, will provide participants with detailed information about the research project, and will also create a space for participants to discuss their personal experiences as employees, employers, artists and/or cultural workers.

In addition to the roundtables, WorkInCulture, working with Nordicity, has introduced the MakingItWork survey – an in-depth look at what’s it’s really like to work in this sector. Whether you’re an artist, a worker at a cultural organization, a cultural organization, a library, a museum or a cultural industry company, we want to hear about opportunities and challenges that you face when dealing with topics like career growth, skills, training, hiring & retention, as well as diversity & equity.
The survey is available in both English and French, and the survey should take less than 20 minutes to complete.
By participating in MakingItWork and sharing your story, you are helping WorkInCulture collect the data that will help build better programming and supports for you and the sector.

Tell Your Story, Define Your Future

Cover Page of Hubs ReportHubs Report
Through consultation with hubs representatives and experts, we were able to identify: a broad selection of hubs that currently exist to support the culture sector through business training, the role hubs play in the sector’s business development, and the elements that indicate a successful hub.
This research was possible due to the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation and the Ontario Arts Council. Visit the map to see where hubs are located. 

Untitled-design-(2).jpgLabour Market Insights in Ontario's Cultural Industries

Our labour market insights research project was completed in association with Nordicity and made possible through the generous support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC). This report identifies opportunities and challenges that face the cultural employment sector of our province and where/how culture-based career skills are most employed.


Skills for Success - Business Skills for the Creative Community (Full Report)

With support from Employment Ontario (Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities) under the Labour Market Partnerships Program, the Skills for Success Report identified business skills needs and priorities in four main city hubs in Ontario's arts and cultural sector (Kingston, Guelph, Sudbury and Toronto/GTA).



Cultural Industries Leadership Mentoring Program: Evaluation

Helpful research from Nordicity looking at the impact on both mentors and mentorees in WorkInCulture's Cultural Industries Leadership Mentoring Pilot, supported by the Ontario Media Development Corporation's Entertainment and Creative Cluster Partnerships Fund.

Skills Check In

Read the report on WorkInCulture's recent survey of artists in Ontario about employment issues and business skill needs.

The Mentoring Project
Our final report on this pilot program supporting the career development of artists.

In-Career Business Skills Training for Cultural Workers
Our final report on national and international best practices.

Chart of Selected Best Practices
Fact sheet on National and International Best Practices: In-Career Business Skills Training for Cultural Workers.

Enriching your Work In Culture
Professional development in Ontario's cultural sector, a qualitative and quantitative report.

Professional Development in Ontario's Cultural Sector
Qualitative research report.

Peer Learning Circle Report - March 2008

The peer learning circle model applied to arts managers

Peer Learning Circle Report - January 2010

Testing the effectiveness of the  peer learning circle across the cultural workforce

Report on Training Needs
Phase II of WorkInCulture's report on training needs and resources for Ontario's cultural sector. Looks at significant skill gaps relevant to WorkInCulture's mandate, with recommendations for further action.