About BC's Small BusinessesNov 28, 2012
Small Businesses are truly the backbone of our province.
Overall Number - 385,100 small businesses operated in BC in 2011, accounting for 98% of all businesses in the province. About 82% of these businesses have fewer than 5 employees.
Per Capita - In 2011 BC had more small businesses per capita than any other province in Canada - 84.2 small businesses per 1000 people, compared to a national average of 69.3.
Employment - Over 1 million British Columbians were employed by small businesses in 2011. These jobs accounted for 56% of the private sector employment in the province.
Source: BC Stats Small Business Profile 2012. Read the full report