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What is the definition of a small business in Canada?

1 to 4 employees: Micro-enterprise
5 to 100: Small business
101 to 499: Medium-sized business
500-plus: Large business
(Source: Industry Canada)

How many small businesses are there in Canada?

The total number of registered employer businesses in Canada (businesses with at least one employee on payroll) as of December 2010, the most recent figure available: 1,138,761
1,116,423 of those were small businesses, comprising 98 per cent of all employer businesses in Canada.
(Source: Industry Canada/ Statistics Canada)

How many Canadians work for small businesses?

5,137,147 (48.3 per cent of Canada’s total workforce)
In 2005, 41 per cent of employed Canadians worked for businesses with fewer than 20 employees.
(Source: Industry Canada/ Statistics Canada)

How many Canadians are self-employed?

In 2010, 2.7 million Canadians were self-employed.
35 hours: Average work week for employees in 2010
40 hours: Average work week for the self-employed in 2010
31 per cent of self-employed Canadians reported working more than 50 hours per week in 2010, while 4 per cent of employees worked past that threshold in the same year.

Source: Industry Canada

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