Financing

  • Financing research reports

    These reports identify access to financing issues and pose future research questions that need to be adresses. The information for these profiles is drawn from national surveys administered by Statistics Canada on small and medium-sized enterprises (Survey on Financing of Small and Medium Enterprises) and financial providers (Survey of Suppliers of Business Financing). Industry Canada supplements these surveys with additional research into niche areas of SME financing.

  • Surveys and data tables

    Statistics Canada administers two key surveys that measure the demand for and supply of financing for SMEs: Survey on Financing of Small and Medium Enterprises (demand) and Survey of Suppliers of Business Financing (Supply side). Occasionally, Industry Canada has conducted supplementary surveys to measure changing conditions in the marketplace, such as the Credit Conditions Surveys.

  • Financing Statistics

    These are special editions of the Key Small Business Statistics. It responds to some of the most commonly asked questions related to the state of SME financing in Canada (request rates, approval rates, amounts requested, amounts authorized, amounts outstanding by suppliers, loss rates, etc.). The report analyzes all types of financing (debt, leasing, risk capital) by sector, size of business, region and stage of business development. It is a key resource document for stakeholders and academics on financing activity of SMEs.

  • Venture Capital Monitor

    This is a quarterly publication on the venture capital (VC) industry in Canada. The goal of this series is to provide current information about this key enabling industry. To this end, the series will track trends in investment activity, report on topical VC-related research and look at key technology clusters where VC investment is taking place.

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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