National Choral Census

Canada’s First-Ever National Choral Census

For the purposes of this project, a “choir”, “chorus” or “singing group” is defined as an organized group of 8 or more singers who come together for the purposes of singing.

CALLING ALL Choirs/Choruses/Singing Groups in Canada:

Please complete the survey today!

Your contribution to this survey is extremely important for Canada’s choral and performing arts communities. The study will provide valuable benchmarks, information and advocacy data for the choral and performing arts communities, and beyond.

The aggregated results will be released as part of Choral Canada’s celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

As a thank you for your time and effort, there are draw prizes to be won!

  1. is offering draw prizes for two lucky participants: a $600 store credit and a $300 store credit.
  2. The Leading Note is offering a draw prize for one lucky participant: a $50 store credit
  3. Choral Canada is offering draw prizes for two lucky participants : a surprise gift!

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About the Choral Census Project

There are three components to the census project:

1. Public survey: a couple of questions on an existing public survey that includes collecting demographic information.

2. Random sampling of institutions: to find out how many choirs, and what kinds there are. Volunteers will be needed to reach out to these organizations. We will be able to extrapolate from this data.

3. Detailed survey of choirs/choruses/singing groups: an online survey with more questions; spread around via choral networks. The more choirs that fill this out, the better!

Data gleaned from this census will benefit all choral organizations and singing groups (8 singers or more). You will be able to state with confidence that x% of people sing in a choir in your region. You will be able to see how choirs are structured, and what “the going rate” is for key choir-related positions across Canada. You will even have regional, provincial and national data to examine and inspire, around choral activities, programming and other initiatives.

Which research company has Choral Canada hired?

After receiving multiple fantastic proposals in 2015, Choral Canada chose Hill Strategies Inc., founded and lead by Kelly Hill. Hill Strategies is a Canadian company that specializes in arts research (325 arts studies since 2002).

When will the results be publicized?

The final report will be available to everyone for free, ensuring the entire Canadian choral community and beyond can benefit from the data. Results will be reported in Spring 2017, as part of Canada’s 150th celebration year.

Funding so far

Choral Canada is grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts for their support with a $20,000 grant, the highest amount Choral Canada could ask for. This covers approximately one third of the total expenses for this essential census project. Choral Canada has also applied for multiple other grants that are pending. All provincial choral organization that can support financially are doing so. Your Advocacy committee and Choral Canada staff is volunteering countless hours on this project, and making financial donations too. A few choral leaders in Canada have already sent a cheque.

Be part of this essential project

We are turning to you and your choral organizations for help so that this census can be fully realized. We really do need your help, and we need it now. Any donation amount is appreciated. Thank you!

How to donate and support this project

Donations of any amount can be made to Choral Canada, earmarked specifically for the National Choral Census. Your donation is tax-deductible and can be donated in the name of someone special, your choir/singing group, or be anonymous.

To make a donation and receive your tax receipt immediately, please go to and search “Choral Canada”. Be sure to use the drop down menu to select to apply your donation to the National Choral Census 2016-2017.

Donations can also be made by cheque and mailed to:

Choral Canada
500 – 59 Adelaide Street East
Toronto ON M5C 1K6

Or sent by e-money transfer to: [email protected]


All donors will be thanked in the final report, acknowledging your contribution to making this first-ever national project a reality.


Partial funding for this project thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts


Thank you to our provincial choral organization partners

British Columbia Choral Federation, Choir Alberta, Saskatchewan Choral Federation, Manitoba Choral Association, Choirs Ontario, Alliance chorale du Québec, Nova Scotia Choral Federation

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