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Canadian business counts, June 2019

Released: 2019-08-12

Nationally, there were 1,311,024 active businesses with employees in June. Provincially, Ontario reported the highest number of active businesses with employees, at 483,063, followed by Quebec at 268,377, British Columbia at 206,244 and Alberta at 176,598.

The three industry sectors in Canada with the most business locations were construction (148,920), professional, scientific and technical services (148,777) and retail trade (144,952).

In addition, there were 2,934,375 active businesses without employees and with annual revenues greater than $30,000.

The Canadian business counts can be used to compare the number of active businesses by province and territory, for many industry categories.

Density of breweries and wineries, by census division

In Canada, there were a total of 996 breweries and 762 wineries in June.

Toronto had the most breweries and wineries per 1,000 square kilometres at 169.8, followed by Montréal at 76.1, Niagara at 63.6 and Greater Vancouver at 49.3.

The census division of Prince Edward in Ontario had the most breweries and wineries per 1,000 square kilometres, among census divisions found outside metropolitan areas, at 29.5.

Map 1  Thumbnail for map 1: Number of breweries and wineries per 1,000 square kilometres, by census division
Number of breweries and wineries per 1,000 square kilometres, by census division

Museums, by census metropolitan area

In Canada, there were a total of 1,391 museums in June.

Toronto had the most museums at 95, followed by Montréal at 93, Vancouver at 55 and Winnipeg at 36. For every 100,000 residents, Vancouver had the most museums at 6.9, followed by Saint John at 6.6.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Number of museums, by census metropolitan area
Number of museums, by census metropolitan area

Sports teams and clubs, by province and territory

In June, there were 216 sports teams and clubs performing before a paying audience in Canada.

Ontario had the most sports teams and clubs at 62, followed by Quebec at 43 and British Columbia at 38. For every 100,000 residents, Saskatchewan had the largest number of sports teams and clubs at 1.8, followed by Prince Edward Island at 1.4 and British Columbia at 0.8.

Chart 2  Chart 2: Number of sports teams and clubs, by province and territory
Number of sports teams and clubs, by province and territory

  Note to readers

Canadian business counts—previously called Canadian business patterns—provide counts of active businesses by industry classification and employment-size categories for Canada and the provinces and territories. Canadian business counts are based on the same criteria that were used to calculate Canadian business patterns.

The counts are compiled from the Business Register, Statistics Canada's central listing of Canadian businesses. They are based on the statistical concept of "location"—that is, each operating location is separately counted, including cases where one business comprises multiple locations. For example, a retail business with 10 stores represents 10 businesses in the Canadian business counts. Generally, among all Canadian businesses, 95% are single-location enterprises.

Changes to the Business Register's methodology or business industrial classification strategies can bring about increases or decreases in the number of active businesses reported in the Canadian business counts. As a result, the data do not represent changes in the business population over time. Statistics Canada recommends that users not use the data as a time series.

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Custom data products for other geographic levels can be ordered on a cost-recovery basis. Data prior to December 2011 are also available upon request on a cost-recovery basis.

Contact information

For more information, contact us (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 514-283-8300; STATCAN.infostats-infostats.STATCAN@canada.ca).

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