Trends in Canadian Women’s Entrepreneurship 2013-2019

In recent decades, there has been growing interest in many countries around the globe in promoting and encouraging entrepreneurship and start-up activity as a way to spark economic growth and innovation and address important market gaps and social challenges. Women have been central to this dynamic, with growing policy attention being paid to questions of how best to support aspiring women entrepreneurs in launching and growing their ventures.

In Canada, the rise of women’s entrepreneurship has been especially dramatic, with activity rates for both start- ups and established business ranking among some of the highest in the world. Illustrating this, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2018/2019 Women’s Entrepreneurship Report confirms that Canada is a leading jurisdiction for women’s enterprise. A growing body of research in Canada also confirms that women entrepreneurs are playing an increasingly important role in economic and social innovation in Canada, and that growing numbers of women are interested in pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities rather than traditional wage-and-salary careers.

How to cite

Hughes, K. D., & Saunders, C. (2020). Trends in Canadian women’s entrepreneurship 2013-2019. Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub, The Centre for Innovation Studies, Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. 

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