Aboriginal Entrepreneurs Survey, 2002 : Alberta

2001 CENSUS HIGHLIGHTS
ABORIGINAL ENTREPRENEURS SURVEY, 2002 HIGHLIGHTS1
Eighteen percent (18%) of Canada’s 27 195 Aboriginal self-employed individuals resided in Alberta. Of these
4935 individuals:
◆ approximately two thirds were Métis;
◆ nearly four out of ten were women;
◆ almost two thirds lived in urban areas; and
◆ 94% resided off reserve.
When compared to Aboriginal entrepreneurs from all regions of Canada, those living in Alberta:
◆ operated businesses in the arts, entertainment, accommodation, food and cultural industries more often
and in the primary industries less often;
◆ were more likely to operate their businesses in partnership and less likely as sole proprietors;
◆ were more likely to operate a business between zero and five years old and less likely to operate a
business over ten years old;
◆ were more likely to view stability as a very important business objective;
◆ tended to require less start-up financing and were more likely not to borrow any start-up funds; and
◆ were less likely to view taxes as a very important barrier to growth.

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