Creative industries (also referred to as the creative, or in Europe cultural industries), generate or exploit of knowledge and information. The creative sector is an important and growing part of the BC economy, with 80,000+ working in the sector. More than 80,000 people work in BC’s creative sector.
There’s no universal nor singular definition of creative industries. In BC, creative industry sectors are identified as: motion picture, interactive & digital media, publishing (books, magazines), and music.
On a broader basis, not measured statistically in this report, Richard Florida’s well researched and regarded idea of the “creative class” is positioned as a key facet of community competitiveness and strength in the next economic age of development. The creative class in this context is defined as core art and culture industries we readily identify as being creative, but expands to encompass a broad range of people from different industries and sectors:
- People whose economic function is to create new ideas, new technology, and new content.
- People in science, engineering, architecture and design, education, arts, music and the entertainment industry.
- Creative professionals – those in business and finance, law, health care and related industries who are engaged in complex problem solving that requires a high degree of independent judgement and education.
Lifestyle leads as a locational choice for people pursuing their creative industries passions. Important (researched) location factors for this activity are: airport access, population diversity, strong/unique lifestyle amenities, entertainment experiences, authentic/interesting sense of place (think “community beautiful”), and an open and tolerant society (open to newcomers).