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Business Entries and the Percentage of Firms Considered High Growth for Selected Provinces (2001 - 2011)


(StatCan Product) Annual business entries per 10,000 people and the percentage of firms considered high growth using Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) definitions for selected provinces.

Customization details:   This information product has been customized to present the following variables from the Longitudinal Employment Analysis Program (LEAP):  

Estimates of Population, Population Entry Counts, Population Entry per 10,000 People, Percentage of High Growth Firms.

British Columbia, Manitoba, Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Quebec.


November 6, 2013

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Statistics Canada has adopted an open licence which allows this product to be accessible to all Government of Alberta employees and to the general public. This product has been reproduced and distributed on an "as is" basis with the permission of Statistics Canada. It was originally acquired by Innovation and Advanced Education.

The Longitudinal Employment Analysis Program (LEAP) is a database that contains annual employment information for each employer business in Canada, starting with the 1991 reference year.   High Growth enterprises measured in employment refer to all enterprises with average annualised growth in employees greater than 20% per annum, over a three year period, and with 10 or more employees in the beginning of the observation period. % measure is number of high-growth enterprises as a percentage of the population of enterprises with ten or more employees.

The population growth, which is used to calculate population estimates, is comprised of the natural growth, international migration, and interprovincial migration.   The number of provincial firms is larger than the number of national firms-- this is because the same firm operating in two provinces is counted twice in the provincial file (for each province) but only once in the national file. Also, for a similar reason, firms may appear to be smaller because they have not been aggregated over provincial boundaries.   The LEAP measures only “organic growth” or another way of saying this is that LEAP excludes growth due to merger activity.   For example: Let’s say there were 2 mid-size companies in 1999 both of with 200 employees.  These two companies merge in 2000; they also add 150 employees to become large (200+200+150=550).  In the LEAP data, you would see only one mid-size company with 400 employees in 1999 growing to become a large-sized company with 550 employees in 2000.   For comparability with the US data, we asked that the data “Exclude NAICS codes 9111-9191 only, as that will match to US data that only excludes direct government employees.


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