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Entrepreneurship indicators of Canadian enterprises, 2016

Released: 2018-12-10

The entrepreneurship indicators for the reference year 2016 are now available upon request.

The Canadian enterprise entrepreneurship indicator program was created to meet the economic challenges associated with policies on entrepreneurship in Canada, and in the provinces and territories.

The entrepreneurship indicator program provides data describing the dynamics of a subset of Canadian enterprises, such as the number of active enterprises with one or more employees; the number of births and deaths of active enterprises with one or more employees; the number of jobs associated with enterprise births and deaths; the survival of newly created enterprises; and the number of high-growth enterprises and gazelles.

  Note to readers

The Entrepreneurship Indicators Database contains an up-to-date and unduplicated count of enterprises in Canada, based on Statistics Canada's Business Register, as well as concepts and definitions from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and Eurostat.

Entrepreneurship indicators are produced nationally and provincially by industry and by enterprise-size group.

High-growth enterprises, by employment (or revenue), are enterprises with an average annual growth in the number of employees (or revenue) greater than 20% over a three-year period and which have at least 10 employees at the beginning of the observation period.

Gazelles are the subgroup of high-growth enterprises which are up to five years old.

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