Small and medium-sized enterprise financing in Canada

Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) Financing in Canada, 2003 is a report on the state of financing for small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada. As part of a five-year joint process involving Industry Canada, Finance Canada and Statistics Canada, this is the second of an ongoing series that will report on SME financing in Canada. For further details on this initiative visit the Industry Canada Small Business Policy and Research Web site (
The information gathered in this report originates from a number of groundbreaking Statistics Canada surveys, including the Survey on Financing of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, 2000 and 2001, and the Survey of Suppliers of Business Financing, 2000 and 2001. The data sets from these surveys focus on the supply of and demand for financing in Canada. These summary tables are currently available on-line at the Industry Canada Small Business Policy and Research Web site ( The report also includes results and data from other sources, including the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, the Conference Board of Canada and Macdonald & Associates Limited.
While the data presented in this analysis will attract and inform a broad audience, this report was initially conceived as a resource for the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology. The research was initially intended to provide parliamentarians with accurate and relevant information on the state of SME financing in Canada, and assist them in forging timely and effective public policy.

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