Participate in the Survey on Financing and Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises

February 5, 2015 - Tags: Economy

This guest blog post is provided by Industry Canada, which strives to make Canadian industry more productive and competitive in the global economy, thus improving the economic and social well-being of Canadians.

Have you been contacted by Statistics Canada to be interviewed for the Survey on Financing and Growth of SME? Why should you take 30 minutes to participate in this survey? How will it help you as a business owner?

The Survey on Financing and Growth looks into the types of financing you use to run your business, and collects information on current growth opportunities or obstacles you may be facing. The results help governments of all levels develop policies and programs that assist small businesses.

Did you know that past surveys were used to develop, or fine-tune, programs such as the Canada Small Business Financing Program? These programs have benefited countless small businesses across Canada. This year, the survey will also cover small to medium-sized co-operatives.

This survey is a powerful tool. However, to be effective we need respondents. You can help us by taking 30 minutes of your time to participate in the survey. Don't worry! The information you provide is protected under the Statistics Act and will be kept confidential. It will only be used for statistical purposes and information that could identify your business will not be released.

If you have been contacted, you may speed-up the interview by having the following 2014 fiscal year information on hand:

  • Number of employees
  • Information on debt, lease, trade credit, equity and government financing (amounts requested and authorized, length of terms, and interest rates)
  • Breakdown of sales and exports by destination
  • Information on activities related to innovation and protection of your intellectual property

For more information, please visit the Statistics Canada webpage at statcan.gc.ca/survey or contact us at smers-rspme@ic.gc.ca.

Thank you for helping us improve policies and programs supporting small businesses.

Comments

what are the option for young entrepreneur who are internationally qualified

By Bhavesh on February 5, 2015

Hello Bhavesh,

The Canada Business Network helps entrepreneurs start and grow their own businesses in Canada.

If you are thinking of moving to Canada and have international qualifications, you may want to visit Service Canada’s “Having your Credentials Recognized” page. You can also visit the Citizenship and Immigration website to learn about the application process and find information to help determine your eligibility.

If you are between the ages of 18 and 39, and are admissible to work in Canada, Futurpreneur is an organization that offers financing, mentoring and expertise to launch your start-up.

For more information about starting a business in Canada, please contact the Canada Business Network.

We wish you the best of luck with your endeavours.

By Canada Business on February 6, 2015

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