Rural Canada Business Profiles: Interactive Dashboard

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This interactive dashboard presents selected data from the Rural Canada Business Profile (RCBP) database, developed based on business tax returns filed with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The RCBP 2017 to 2019 database was first released on March 11, 2022, followed by an update on January 13, 2023, for the 2020 reference year. This current version, the RCBP 2021 is the most recent update, incorporating data from the 2021 reference year. A reference year for the RCBP database spans from January 1 to December 31.

The RCBP database defines rural and small town (RST) areas as communities outside Census Metropolitan Areas (CMA) and Census Agglomerations (CA) according to the Statistics Canada 2016 Standard Geographical Classification.

Small-sized businesses are defined by annual revenues ranging from $30,000 to $5,000,000; this group includes incorporated and unincorporated businesses. Medium-sized businesses are defined by annual revenues between $5,000,001 to $20,000,000; and are exclusively incorporated businesses. Businesses with higher annual revenues are not included in the RCBP database.

Key variables featured in this interactive dashboard include business counts, revenue, expenses, and balance sheet items. Data are organized by geography (Canada, regions, provinces and territories), location (RST area, and urban area), industry (according to the Northern American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code), and businesses incorporation status (unincorporated, incorporated and all businesses).

The RCBP database covers all regions of Canada and all industries, excluding finance and insurance and public administration (based on the NAICS code). For small-sized businesses, data are available at the Canada, region, and province or territory levels, and by RST and urban area. For medium-sized businesses, data are available at the Canada level and by RST and urban area.

For more information

Rural Canada Business Profiles Database 2021: Metadata and user guide

The Daily article: Small and medium-sized businesses in rural and small-town Canada 2021

Rural Canada Business Profiles, 2021 database

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