Indicators and targets: Scaling-up firms
Jobs and innovation: Tracking progress and results
Investment, scale-up and clean growth
Target: Double the number of high-growth firms in Canada from 14,000 to 28,000 by 2025
Figure 9.1: High growth firms in Canada (based on revenue growth)
Canada's Innovation and Skills Plan aims to double the number of high-growth, high-impact firms in Canada, from 14,000 in 2014 to 28,000 in 2025. These growth-oriented companies tend to create more high quality jobs for Canadians.
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|Year||Number of high-growth companies|
Figure 9.2: Firm birth and exit rates
The entry of new firms is an important source of productivity growth and technology adoption while exit removes less productive firms. As a result, firm entry and exit are indicators of the dynamism that is essential to a well-functioning economy.
Firm entry and exit rates (which are highly correlated) have been falling since the early 1980s in Canada.
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|Year||Entry rate (percent)||Exit rate (percent)|
Figure 9.3: Total Early Stage Entrepreneurial Activity (2001-11)
Total early-stage entrepreneurial activity reflects the percentage of a country's working-age population that is involved in either preparing to start a business, or operating a business that is less than 5 years old. Canada's start-up rateFootnote * is relatively low (16%) by international comparison.
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Figure 9.4: Age composition of small firmsFootnote * (2001-2011)
Canada has a greater number of mature small firms relative to other countries, with more than half of all small firms older than 5 years.
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|Countries||Young (0-5 years)||Mature (>5 years)|
Figure 9.5: Start-up Ecosystems in Global Top 20 (2017)
Canada had two cities (Vancouver and Toronto) ranked among the top 20 in Startup Genome's 2017 Global Startup Ecosystem. Cities such as Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City were also highlighted for their potential.
|City||Rank (2017)||Change since previous survey|
Figure 9.6: Ease of Doing Business Index (2018)
Canada moved up four places since 2017 to rank 18th on the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business Index (2018). More specifically, Canada ranked 2nd out of 190 counties on starting a business.
|Rank (2018)||Change from last year|
|Canada (Global Rank)||18||+4|
|Starting a business||2|
|Dealing with construction permits||54||+3|
|Protecting minority investors||8||-1|
|Trading across borders||46|
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