2013

Biannual Survey of Suppliers of Business Financing, first half 2013

Data analysis of the results, along with the data tables of the Biannual Survey of Suppliers of Business Financing, first half 2013.

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SME Profile: Interprovincial Trade

This profile investigates the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that sell their goods and/or services to other provinces (internal traders) and examines their distinguishing characteristics compared with SMEs that do not sell to other provinces.

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Financing Statistics, Special Edition: Key Small Business Statistics—November 2013

This special edition presents various statistics on the financing of Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises including credit request and approval rates, average value of loan requests and intended use of financing.

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Credit Condition Trends 2009–2012

This analysis provides information on changes in lending conditions and is useful for better understanding credit-market trends.

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Credit Conditions Survey - 2012

The Credit Conditions Survey was conducted between January and March 2013. The questions were fact-based and focused on financing sought by small enterprises (1 to 99 employees) during the 2012 calendar year.

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Venture Capital Monitor - Q2 2013

This issue covers venture capital (VC) investment and fundraising activity in Canada during the second quarter of 2013. It also describes recent government activity in the VC market.

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The Canadian Provinces, Special Edition: Key Small Business Statistics—September 2013

This special edition provides readers with a picture of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Canadian provinces with a focus on the diversity within the country's borders.

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Key Small Business Statistics — August 2013

This nineteenth edition updates data found in previous editions and has two new sections.

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Venture Capital Monitor - Q1 2013

This issue covers venture capital (VC) investment and fundraising activity in Canada during the first quarter of 2013. It also describes recent government activity in the VC market.

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Small Business Access to Financing: Request and Approval Rates, Interest Rates and Collateral Requirements (2000–10)

This report compiles and analyses the results of the Survey on Financing of Small and Medium Enterprises and the Credit Conditions Survey to showcase information on small business financing activities between 2000 and 2010.

Biannual Survey of Suppliers of Business Financing, second half 2012

Data analysis of the results, along with the data tables of the Biannual Survey of Suppliers of Business Financing, second half 2012.

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Venture Capital Monitor - Q4 2012

This year-end issue of the Venture Capital Monitor covers venture capital (VC) activity from January 2012 to December 2012.

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Small and Medium-Sized Entreprises Growth Study: Actual vs. Sustainable Growth

This report seeks to identify any misalignment between SME actual growth rates and SME sustainable growth rates. Using the "Higgins Sustainable Growth Model," the analysis reveals that, over the 2000–10 period, Canadian SMEs had the financial infrastructure in place and normal earnings capacity to support a rate of growth in sales of approximately 7.3 percent per year without the need to raise additional financing.

Biannual Survey of Suppliers of Business Financing, first half 2012

Data analysis of the results, along with the data tables of the Biannual Survey of Suppliers of Business Financing, first half 2012.

Survey on Financing and Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises, 2011

Summary of the results, along with the complete data tables of the Survey on Financing and Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises, 2011.

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Venture Capital Monitor - Q3 2012

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

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Credit Conditions Faced by Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Investing in Research and Development

This report ascertain general characteristics of Research and Development-intensive firms and assess their access to financing. It provides some evidence that Research and Development-intensive firms have less access to financing than other firms.

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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