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    Notice of release: Québec businesses with fewer than 5 employees – Access to geographic markets in 2017

    Québec, December 18, 2020. – The Institut de la statistique du Québec released today an issue of the bulletin Science, technologie et innovation entitled “Les entreprises québécoises de moins de 5 employés – Accès aux marchés géographiques en 2017”. This bulletin aims to validate the existence of constraints related to the size of these businesses in terms of access to geographic markets, particularly in comparison with businesses with 100 to 499 employees. The data used comes from the Québec portion of the Survey on Financing and Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises, 2017, conducted by Statistics Canada.

    One of the findings is that, compared to businesses with 100 to 499 employees, businesses with 1 to 4 employees benefit less from markets in the rest of Canada and internationally. In addition, fewer of these businesses wish to develop these markets, they benefit less from government procurement, and are less likely to engage in international business activities other than exporting and importing.

    Published several times a year, the Science, technologie et innovation bulletin presents analyses of scientific and technological activities in Québec. These may be short articles accompanying the release of new data or studies that provide in-depth knowledge on various aspects of science, technology and innovation in Québec, including research and development (R&D), innovation, human resources in science and technology (HRST), patents, use of Internet and information and communications technology (ICT), business financing, and entrepreneurship.


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