2012

Cover of the Venture Capital Monitor - Q2 2012 issue
Venture Capital Monitor - Q2 2012

This issue covers venture capital (VC) investment and fundraising activity in Canada during the second quarter of 2012. It also describes recent federal government activity in the VC market.

 
Biannual Survey of Suppliers of Business Financing, 2011

The 2011 data of the Statistics Canada Biannual Survey of Suppliers of Business Financing.

Cover of the Key Small Business Statistics - July 2012 publication
Archived - Key Small Business Statistics — July 2012

This eighteenth edition updates data found in previous editions.

Cover of the Venture Capital Monitor - Q1 2012 issue
Venture Capital Monitor - Q1 2012

This issue covers venture capital (VC) investment and fundraising activity in Canada during the first quarter of 2012. It also describes recent federal and provincial government budget announcements in support of VC.

Cover of the Venture Capital Monitor - Q4 2011 issue
Archived - Venture Capital Monitor - Q4 2011

This year-end issue of the Venture Capital Monitor covers venture capital (VC) activity from January 2011 to December 2011, which experienced its highest level of investments in over four years.

Cover of the Venture Capital Monitor - Q3 2011 issue
Archived - Venture Capital Monitor - Q3 2011

This issue discusses venture capital (VC) in Canada during the third quarter of 2011. It also describes recent government activity by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and provincial governments in support of VC.

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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