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The Aboriginal Business Survey

Aboriginal self-employment: ON THE RISE

The number of Aboriginal business owners is growing at a rate that far exceeds that for self-employed Canadians overall.

According to the 2006 Census, there are more than 37,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons in Canada who have their own businesses, a significant increase of 85 percent since 1996!

Like other small businesses across Canada, Aboriginal businesses create employment, economic prosperity and social well-being.

The development of viable business opportunities is essential to the future prosperity of Aboriginal peoples, and for improving Aboriginal employment prospects, especially for the growing number of young Aboriginal job-seekers entering the labour market.

Yet, there is relatively little current information available on Aboriginal business owners. The last comprehensive study of Aboriginal businesses was conducted by Statistics Canada and Aboriginal Business Canada nearly a decade ago (2002).

That's how the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) embarked upon the 2011 Aboriginal Business Survey (ABS) to address this knowledge gap and contribute to the understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced by Aboriginal businesses.

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