Aboriginal Entrepreneurs Survey, 2002 : British Columbia

2001 CENSUS HIGHLIGHTS
ABORIGINAL ENTREPRENEURS SURVEY, 2002 HIGHLIGHTS1
Nearly 24% of Canada’s 27 195 Aboriginal self-employed individuals resided in British Columbia. Of these
6480 individuals:
◆ more than half were North American Indians;
◆ four out of ten were women;
◆ 55% lived in urban areas; and
◆ 83% resided off reserve.
When compared to Aboriginal entrepreneurs from all regions of Canada, those living in British Columbia:
◆ were more likely to use personal savings and less likely to use loans and lines of credit as a source of
start-up funds;
◆ were more likely to sell some of their products or services to other provinces or territories, as well as
internationally;
◆ were more likely to expect their business to grow in the next two years; and
◆ were less likely to view taxes as a very important barrier to growth.

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