If you work in the private sector in Canada, chances are you work (or have worked) for a small business. In 2012, over 7.7 million Canadians in the private sector worked for small businesses. In comparison, 2.2 million (20.2%) employees worked for medium businesses.

One in five Canadians say they plan to start their own business in five years. The average self-employed Canadian works 50 hours a week, compared to 37 hours a week for average full-time employees. There are more than 1.1 million employer businesses in Canada. Of that number, 98 per cent are small businesses.

Jul 3, 2014 – Fact #5: Small is the new normal. According to Stats Canada, 75% of businesses employ fewer than five people, and 98% fewer than 100. Fact #6: Small business isn't easy. Every year, Canadians launch an average of 130,000 new small businesses.

Five Facts You Didn't Know About Canadian Small Businesses. TELUS. From creating jobs to generating economic growth, small businesses are doing big things for Canada. Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur, a small business owner or one of their tens of millions of customers, here are five facts we think everyone …