Entrepreneurship

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Profile of Mid-Career Entrepreneurs: Career trade-offs and income appropriation of high human capital individuals

This report is based on 14 case studies of individuals who have been working for large companies and who have decided to launch their own companies at midpoint in their career.

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The Teaching and Practice of Entrepreneurship within Canadian Higher Education Institutions

This report investigates how entrepreneurship is supported and delivered within Canadian Higher Education Institutions.

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The State of Entrepreneurship

The Small Business Branch has produced, in collaboration with professors Eileen Fischer (York University) and Rebecca Reuber (University of Toronto), a report that provides a portrait of the state of entrepreneurship in Canada.

Fast facts

There are 1.2 million SMEs in Canada that have employees.

Source: Key Small Business Statistics

98 percent of businesses in Canada have fewer than 100 employees.

Source: Key Small Business Statistics

Over 78,000 new SMEs were created in Canada in 2013.

Source: Key Small Business Statistics

Over 10 million people in Canada work for a SMEs.

Source: Key Small Business Statistics

22 percent of SMEs operate in goods-producing industries. 78 percent of SMEs operate in service industries.

Source: Key Small Business Statistics

11.8 percent of SMEs exported goods and services in 2014

Source: Key Small Business Statistics

SMEs were responsible for $106 billion (25 percent) of Canada's total value, of exports in 2013.

Source: Key Small Business Statistics

Export intensity (percentage of revenues derived from exporting) falls as firms get larger.

Source: Canadian Small Business Exporters, Special Edition: Key Small Business Statistics

SMEs contribute 39 percent to Canada's GDP in 2008.

Source: Statistics Canada

Since 2011, more SMEs are died than born every year.

Source: Statistics Canada, Entrepreneurship Indicators Database.

The likelihood of exporting increases with business size.

Source: 2014 Survey on Financing and Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises

48 percent of all SME owners are between 50 and 64 years old.

Source: 2014 Survey on Financing and Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises

15.7 percent of SMEs were majority-female owned in 2014.

Source: 2014 Survey on Financing and Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises

24 percent of SME owners have a bachelor's degree and 14 percent have a master's or above.

Source: 2014 Survey on Financing and Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises

42 percent of SMEs innovated between 2012 and 2014.

Source: 2014 Survey on Financing and Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises

21 percent of SMEs held some type of intellectual property in 2014.

Source: 2014 Survey on Financing and Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises

Only 51 percent of SMEs requested external financing in 2014.

Source: 2014 Survey on Financing and Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises

About 86 percent of the amount of debt financing requested by SMEs was authorized.

Source: 2014 Survey on Financing and Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises

26 percent of SMEs imported goods or services in 2011.

Source: 2011 Survey on Financing and Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises

3.2 percent of SMEs outsourced business activities from outside of Canada.

Source: 2011 Survey on Financing and Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises

3 hours per month is the average time spent by an SME complying with government regulations.

Source: SME Regulatory Compliance Cost Report–September 2013

The cost of regulatory compliance fell from 0.81 percent of SME GDP in 2005 to 0.75 percent in 2011.

Source: SME Regulatory Compliance Cost Report–September 2013

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