About BC's Small BusinessesOct 30, 2013
Small Businesses are truly the backbone of our province.
Overall Number - 385,900 small businesses operated in BC in 2012, accounting for 98% of all businesses in the province. 82% of these businesses have fewer than 5 employees.
Per Capita - In 2012 BC had more small businesses per capita than any other province in Canada - 83.5 small businesses per 1000 people, compared to a national average of 69.
Employment - Over 1 million British Columbians were employed by small businesses in 2012. These jobs accounted for 55% of the private sector employment in the province.
Women in Business - Well over a third of BC's businesses (37.7%) are owned by women. This is the highest rate in Canada.
Source: Small Business Profile 2013.