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British Columbia Small Business Counts and Employment

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Year Count of Small Businesses *Small Business Employment
1996n/a903,200
1997n/a925,400
1998n/a930,700
1999n/a933,900
2000n/a898,900
2001n/a883,500
2002n/a907,700
2003n/a935,100
2004n/a952,500
2005n/a986,500
2006n/a999,200
2007382,3001,019,900
2008382,1001,028,700
2009394,1001,018,100
2010386,8001,027,900
2011376,5001,008,200
2012379,3001,018,100
2013381,7001,018,100
2014382,6001,010,800

 

Note: Small business is defined as those businesses with fewer than 50 employees plus businesses operated by self-employed individuals without paid help.

* Note that Statistics Canada moved from classifying businesses based on establishments to businesses based on locations starting with the 2007 data. Data prior to 2007 are not available by location count (n/a denotes "not available"). There is also a data break in the business count data in 2014 due to a number of methodological changes. Comparisons with data prior to 2014 should be made with caution.

Source: BC Stats using data supplied by Statistics Canada