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StatCan Blog: Women-owned businesses in Canada

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Released: 2019-04-03

Entrepreneurship has long been one of the main engines of the Canadian economy, but women and men have been unequal when it comes to starting and building their own business. This month, the StatCan Blog features a research blog written by Huju Liu, a senior economist in the Analytical Studies Branch. This post looks at the current state of women-owned businesses in Canada, and how they differ from men-owned businesses.

It is important to better understand the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs, and to find ways to help them succeed. Comprehensive data on female entrepreneurship and rates of ownership are essential for better understanding the state of women-owned businesses in Canada, which will allow policy makers to make well-informed and evidence-based decisions.

What do we know about women-owned businesses in Canada so far? This blog highlights recent evidence and research on the differences between women-owned and men-owned businesses in Canada using the Survey on Financing and Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises, and the Canadian Employer-Employee Dynamics Database.


The StatCan Blog post, "Women-owned businesses in Canada," is now available.

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