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SMEs boost economy during 2015 downturn: CIBC

Businesses with less than 500 employees created 80% of private sector jobs.


October 23, 2015
by CANADIAN PRESS

SMEs need to look beyond the Canadian market if they are to maintain their growth.

SMEs need to look beyond the Canadian market if they are to maintain their growth.

TORONTO — Small business helped keep Canada’s economy afloat during choppy economic waters over the past year, according to a new study from CIBC.

The bank’s research showed businesses with less than 500 employees created roughly eight in 10 of all the new private sector jobs in the past 12 months.

CIBC deputy chief economist Benjamin Tal, who co-authored the report, said small businesses have been boosted by consumer spending, which has maintained growth despite the economic contraction in the first half of 2015.

Yet Tal cautioned that small and mid-sized businesses need to look beyond the Canadian market if they are to maintain their growth.

He said the fall in the value of the Canadian dollar against the European and American currencies is an opportunity for Canadian companies to boost their exports.

Only 10% of Canada’s small and mid-sized businesses are involved in exporting, according to the report, a level that hasn’t changed in 15 years.

Click here for a copy of the report.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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