The State of Entrepreneurship in Canada

February 2010

Chris Parsley, Manager
Sonja Djukic, Economist
Small Business Branch
Industry Canada

Compiled for Industry Canada by
Eileen Fisher, Schulich School of Business, York University
Rebecca Reuber, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto


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© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada,
as represented by the Minister of Industry, 2010
Cat. No. Iu188-99/2010E-PDF
ISBN 978-1-100-14889-2

Aussi offert en français sous le titre L'État de l'entrepreneuriat au Canada, février 2010.


This report provides a portrait of the state of entrepreneurship in Canada. It charts entrepreneurial activity in Canada over time and compares it with leading countries. Entrepreneurial performance indicators observed include: birth and death rates, survival rates, high-growth firms and gazelles, and research and development expenditures. Furthermore, the report provides a profile of the owners of Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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