The Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage is an active supporter and promoter of Nova Scotia's culture sector. Through this support, government recognizes the importance of our artists and our cultural community. It also acknowledges that producing arts and crafts for markets both here at home and around the world helps to drive our economy and provides a better quality of life.
This division's mission is to develop and promote cultural resources and artistic expression, in partnership with and for Nova Scotians. The Culture Division provides annual assistance and services to the culture sector, which is one of the fastest growing sectors in Nova Scotia. The direct and indirect impact of the culture sector in Nova Scotia, as measured by the contribution to the GDP, was estimated at almost $1.2 billion in 2001, with some 28,000 direct and indirect jobs depending on culture activities.