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There are almost 1.1 million SMEs in Canada. More than half (55%) have fewer than 4 employees. Small businesses employed almost 69.7% of private sector workers in 2012, or 7.7 million people across the country.

Dec 3, 2014 – According to the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDBC), there are 1.1 million small businesses in the country. Technically, 98.2 percent of all business in Canada falls into this category, with 87 percent of all small businesses comprised of fewer than 20 employees.

Oct 17, 2011 – How many Canadians work for small businesses? 5,137,147 (48.3 per cent of Canada's total workforce) In 2005, 41 per cent of employed Canadians worked for businesses with fewer than 20 employees. (Source: Industry Canada calculations using data from Statistics Canada)