The State of Entrepreneurship in Canada

March 5, 2010 - Tags: Entrepreneurship Research and data

Industry Canada has produced, in collaboration with professors Eileen Fischer (York University) and Rebecca Reuber (University of Toronto), a report that provides a portrait of the state of entrepreneurship in Canada.

The report, entitled The State of Entrepreneurship in Canada, 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.

The report also provides a profile of the owners of Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and it identifies areas of strength, areas for improvement, and important areas that cannot currently be addressed.


Posted by on May 17, 2011
Hi Dawna,

You may be able to obtain some of the data that you are looking for by contacting Statistics Canada with your question about the number of people with disabilities who are self-employed. You may make a request on their website or by calling toll-free at 1-800-263-1136 (TTY 1-800-363-7629).
There are also some statistics available online from Statistics Canada that address some of your criteria:

Labour force survey estimates (LFS): Provides estimates of self-employed individuals. Under 'Geography', select Ontario, and under 'Class of worker', select 'self-employed'. Please note that this request costs $3.00.

Participation and Activity Limitation Survey 2006: Tables (part III): Canada's national survey that gathers information about adults and children whose daily activities are limited by a physical, mental, or other health-related condition or problem.

You may be able to get some additional information from the Ontario Disability Support Program: Employment Supports, or by contacting the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network, as they offer employment and entrepreneurship support for persons with disabilities.
Posted by Dawna on May 13, 2011
I'm doing some research on the number of people with disabilities in Ontario that are self employed in comparison to non disabled entrepreneurs. Do you have such info?
Posted by Ray on March 8, 2011
This study appears to cover the same ground as the 'Global Entrepreneurship Monitor' Research Study. That study covers 59 countries world wide, uses a standard set of research questions and thus provides comparators between countries. It would inform policy makers of much useful information. Canada was one of the nations within the GEM study, until Montreal lost its project financing. Canada needs to restart a Canadian GEM team.
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