Canadians are turning to entrepreneurship to fulfill financial, career and life aspirations.
94% of business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs say being their own boss is the main incentive for entrepreneurship, viewing business ownership as their next move towards professional growth, financial security and personal fulfillment.
There is a diverse set of factors driving Canadians to small business ownership
Canadians are increasingly seeing entrepreneurship as a proactive strategy to strengthen financial security and prepare for retirement
The chief aim for my small business is / would be to create a source of income on which I can support myself:
Due to the rising cost of living, one income isn’t as viable of an option as it used to be and a “side hustle” provides a secondary income that gives me more financial freedom and security:
Have started/want to start a small business or side hustle because I am planning for my future or preparing for impending retirement and want an additional income stream
Desire for entrepreneurship soars in Quebec
A high drive for business ownership in Quebec points to a thriving entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem where Québécois are increasingly looking to convert passion projects into side hustles, continuing or considering entering family businesses, or seeing entrepreneurship as a logical next step to thrive in their career.
I am exploring ways to make money from a passion project or hobby
I have/had a family history of entrepreneurship showing a viable path to business ownership
I peaked in my role/job and small business ownership was/is the next step to thrive
About the survey
The RBC Small Business Poll was conducted by Ipsos Canada from August 1-8, 2023. A total of 1,500 surveys were self-completed online by Canadian adults (Age 18+), represented in six different regions (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan/Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada). Representative sample results are weighted to reflect the Canadian population. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within ±3 percentage points had all Canadian adults been polled. The credibility interval will be wider among subsets of the population represented. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to, coverage error, and measurement error.