• There are more than one million small businesses and about 2.7 million self-employed Canadians
  • 98 per cent of Canadian businesses have less than 100 employees
  • In 2009, small businesses alone employed about five million people
  • About 16 per cent of working Canadians were self-employed that year
  • Small businesses are major employers in industries that include retail, construction, accommodation, food, health care, forestry
  • About 47 per cent of all small and medium-sized enterprises include “some degree” of female ownership, but only 17 per cent of those SMEs are majority-owned by women
  • About 87 per cent of exporters are small businesses

Sources: Industry Canada, Statistics Canada, University of Ottawa, Business Development Bank of Canada

Source: Globe and Mail