Industry Canada's definition of “small business” is firms that have fewer than 100 employees. Number of Businesses. • There are just over one million small businesses in Canada that have employees (excludes self-employed entrepreneurs). Ninety-eight percent of businesses in Canada have fewer than 100 employees.

Key Small Business Statistics — June 2016.
… A Comparison of the Performance of Female-Owned and Male-Owned Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises — November 2016.
… SME Profile: Canada Small Business Financing Program Borrowers (March 2016)

Of these, 1.14 million (97.9 percent) businesses were small businesses, 21,415 (
1.8 percent) were medium-sized businesses and … Note: By definition, the goods
-producing sector consists of manufacturing; construction; and forestry, fishing,
mining, quarrying, and oil …

Nov 17, 2015 Industry Canada categorizes business as follows: a small business has 1 to 99 paid employees. a medium-sized business has 100 to 499 paid employees. a large business has 500 or more paid employees.

Canadian SME Definition. Industry Canada uses the term SME to refer to businesses with fewer than 500 employees while classifying firms with 500 or more employees as "large" businesses. … A micro-business is defined as a business with fewer than five employees.

Oct 17, 2011 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) …