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Are Québec entreprises shifting toward e-business? It is with a view to finding answers to this question that, in 2000, the Institut de la statistique du Québec set up a new survey on the adoption of e-commerce by Québec enterprises. Changes were made to the 2001 edition of the survey. It was decided that small firms with fewer than 5 employees would be excluded from the survey population and that those with 200 employees and over would be included in order to enhance the quality of new estimates regarding the value of electronic sales. The scope of the survey was substantially broadened by broaching several new subjects.
The objectives of the 2001 edition of the survey are especially :
As in 2000, the definitions used to measure the adoption of e-commerce are those of the OECD. The results were broken down into three categories of business size (5 to 9 employees; 10 to 199 employees; 200 employees and over) and five sector-based groupings representative of the entire private sector.