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Deadline: November 23, 2020


What is the National Arts and Culture Impact Survey (NACIS)?

With the 2020-2021 cultural season upon us, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an outsized impact on the arts and culture sector in Canada.

This month, 30 national and provincial arts service organizations representing a range of artistic disciplines across the country have come together to develop the National Arts and Culture Impact Survey (NACIS).

All arts organizations, artists, and arts workers across Canada are encouraged to participate in the survey by Monday, November 23, 2020. The survey will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. The more responses we receive, the better the data will be.

Why Now?

The initial flurry of COVID-19 arts and culture surveys sent out in the spring gathered data that was instrumental in the design and development of government and public sector policies that helped artists, arts workers, and arts organizations weather the storm. 

As we approach the nine-month mark in this complex new landscape, new data is needed to inform medium- and long-term policies that will shape the Canadian cultural sector for years to come. The NACIS was designed to capture a snapshot in time. Your contribution to this survey is invaluable to helping dozens of arts service organizations across Canada paint a clearer picture of the current state of the sector and advocate on your behalf. 

About the Survey

NACIS questions revolve around the impact COVID-19 has had and will have on your work, finances, and plans. You will not be asked for any identifying information other than the first three digits of your postal code and the arts service organization(s) with which you or your organization are affiliated.

There are two paths through the NACIS: you may choose to fill it out:

  • as an individual artist or arts worker; or
  • on behalf of an organization, group, or collective. 

If you’d like to represent both perspectives, you may choose to complete the survey twice.

Aggregate data will be shared with and reported on to the arts service organizations who commissioned the study. In addition, you will have the opportunity in the survey to consent to sharing your individual survey responses with any arts service organization(s) with which you or your organization are affiliated. Individual anonymized responses may also be shared with researchers for further analysis and research. Otherwise, data will be reported in aggregate form only.

Who is Conducting the NACIS?

The NACIS was co-commissioned by a group of national and provincial arts service organizations representing a range of artistic disciplines across Canada:

  • Alberta Craft Council
  • Alberta Dance Alliance
  • Alberta Magazine Publishers Association
  • Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society
  • Alberta Media Production Industries Association
  • Alberta Music
  • Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta
  • Atlantic Presenters Association
  • Association des groupes en arts visuels francophones (AGAVF)
  • Book Publishers Association of Alberta
  • Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA)
  • Canadian Live Music Association (CLMA)
  • Choral Canada
  • Dance Ontario
  • Dance Umbrella of Ontario
  • Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA)
  • Fédération culturelle canadienne-française (FCCF)
  • Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA)
  • Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG)
  • Ontario Culture Days
  • Ontario Presents
  • The Association for Opera in Canada (formerly
  • Orchestras Canada 
  • Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT)
  • Playwrights Guild of Canada
  • Regroupement artistique francophone de l’Alberta (RAFA)
  • Theatre Alberta
  • Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA)
  • WorkInCulture
  • Writers’ Guild of Alberta

The contributing arts service organizations have retained PRA Inc., a national marketing research firm based in Winnipeg, to conduct the survey.