Small Business Facts

A summary of key stats on SMEs and the self-employed.

2.7 million - The number of self-employed people in Canada, or 16% of the total employed work force. (Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, July 2009)

41% -The percent share of the total private sector workforce who works in enterprises of fewer than 20 employees. (Source: Statistics Canada, Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics, 2005)

70% - The percent share of the total private sector workforce who works in enterprises of fewer than 500 employees. (Source: Statistics Canada, Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics, 2005)

45% - The share of Canada’s GDP generated by small and mid-sized businesses (under 500 employees). (Source: CFIB estimates)

$39,349 - The average annual employment income of a full-time self-employed worker in 2005. The average employment income of a full-time paid employee is $52,092. (Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census)

50 hours - The average workweek of a full-time self-employed worker, in all jobs. The average workweek for a full-time employee is 37 hours. (Source: Statistics Canada, Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics, 2005)

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