"History, real solemn history, I cannot be interested in.... I read it a little as a duty; but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all - it is very tiresome." Jane Austen spoken by Catherine Morland in 'Northanger Abbey'
The next problem is defining a small business.
Currently the NAICS defines size as:
A small business therefore can be one that employs at least 1 person and as many as 99 depending on the other qualifiers. That's a big difference. We all know that showing up for work in an office of 1, 2 or 3 people is a much different business experience than one that hires 49 or 99 workers. Not only that but a 3 person Canadian "small business" in the software sector could very easily compete with medium sized software businesses (100 to 499 employees) simply by using code and script writers offshore in low labour cost jurisdictions to do the grunt work and not have to pay Canadian labour costs. Or if you prefer, there is a big difference between a business that can replace labour with machines (hardware and software) and a business not as easily automated.
As software consumes the world and artificial intelligence reduces the need for expensive labour, the trend will continue to shed employees moving more of us into small business.
So when someone says 80% of jobs in Canada are produced by the "small" business sector, it does not mean that 8 out of those 10 employees have a personal relationship with the owner.
One more thing; the table at the top of the page is 2012 data published by StatsCan. Hey Canada this is the eve of 4Q 2015. Can we please get fresher data collected and published in this country?
#OPENDATA - THIS CITIZEN'S DREAM: It would help if Government Agencies had open to the public online databases updated in real time as transactions get tabulated so that the private sector could produce unbiased market analysis. If we want a society able to make better decisions we need better access to data. Write your Member of Parliament.
Snippet from "The Robotics Revolution:
The Next Great Leap in Manufacturing"
Andrew McAfee: What will future jobs look like?
History, Charts & Curated Readings
"Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement; and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana Vol. I, Reason in Common Sense