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The StartCanada Blog provides insights about some of the work that we’re doing; including web design / development, design thinking, social media marketing, small business information, trends, tips, ideas and inspiration for start-ups, professionals, non-profits and small businesses.

Seven Stats About Small Business in Canada

1. What is the definition of a small business in Canada?

  • 1 to 4 employees: Micro-enterprise
  • 5 to 100: Small business
  • 101 to 499: Medium-sized business
  • 500-plus: Large business

2. How many small businesses are there in Canada?

  • As of December 2010, 98% of all employer businesses in Canada were small businesses

3. How many Canadians work for small businesses?

  • 5,137,147 (48.3 per cent of Canada's total workforce).

4. How many Canadians are self-employed?

  • In 2010, 2.7 million Canadians were self-employed
  • 35 hours: Average work week for employees
  • 40 hours: Average work week for the self-employed

5. Success vs. failure

  • Net average (Businesses established less Businesses disappeared) of small businesses established from 2002 to 2007: 15,000

6. How active are small business owners online?

  • 36 per cent of small businesses had their own websites (compared to 91 per cent of large businesses)
  • 7 per cent sold goods/services online (compared to 22 per cent of large businesses)

7. What do small businesses contribute to Canada’s total exports?

  • 86% of Canadian exporters were small businesses in 2009
  • In 2009, 28 per cent of the country's total GDP came from businesses with fewer than 50 employees

Source: CBC News
Photo: © Angelo Narciso, Calgary Chamber, Calgary, AB

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StartCanada Business Development Corporation

Big dreams. Start here.

StartCanada is a Canadian company that designs, develops and manages elegant and effective websites for start-ups, professionals, non-profits and small businesses. StartCanada also provides social media marketing services for its clients.

Angelo Narciso leads StartCanada and is involved with business development, the design thinking process of web design / development, website management and social media marketing.