This guest blog post is provided by Industry Canada, which strives to make Canadian industry more productive and competitive in the global economy, thus improving the economic and social well-being of Canadians.

Have you been contacted by Statistics Canada to be interviewed for the Survey on Financing and Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises? Why should you take 30 minutes to participate in this survey? How will it help you as a business owner?

The Survey on Financing and Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises looks into the types of financing you use to run your business, and collects information on current growth opportunities or obstacles you may be facing. The results help governments of all levels develop policies and programs that assist small businesses.

Did you know that past surveys were used to develop, or fine-tune, programs such as the Canada Small Business Financing Program? These programs have benefited countless small businesses across Canada. This year, the survey will also cover small to medium-sized co-operatives.

This survey is a powerful tool. However, to be effective we need respondents. You can help us by taking 30 minutes of your time to participate in the survey. Don't worry! The information you provide is protected under the Statistics Act and will be kept confidential. It will only be used for statistical purposes and information that could identify your business will not be released.

If you have been contacted, you may speed-up the interview by having the following 2014 fiscal year information on hand:

  • Number of employees
  • Information on debt, lease, trade credit, equity and government financing (amounts requested and authorized, length of terms, and interest rates)
  • Breakdown of sales and exports by destination
  • Information on activities related to innovation and protection of your intellectual property

For more information, please visit the Statistics Canada webpage at statcan.gc.ca/survey or contact us at ic.sbbsmers-rspmedgpe.ic@canada.ca.

Thank you for helping us improve policies and programs supporting small businesses.