How many Canadian Entrepreneurs are there, anyhow? (about 2.3 million)
Who creates more jobs, small biz or big biz? (pretty much a tie – as of the latest stats, 48% [second quarter of 2006])
How much does small business contribute to Canada’s GDP? (about 22% as of 2005, down from 27% 10 years earlier. The decline is probably to be expected, given the phenomenal growth of big business and mergers & acquisitions in this country - due to the fact that so much more risk capital is available to big businesses than to small ones).
How many small businesses use e-commerce? (about 33% have websites, but only 6% actually sell online).
All this data and much, much more is available from Industry Canada’s “Key Small Business Statistics” report, newly updated for January, 2007. Should be good for winning a few bar bets.
For more information on these and many other trends, see the full report online .
Or download the PDF version here.