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Canadian New Business Formation Surges

New Business Data Factoid

October 12, 2023

This year has already been nothing short of spectacular for Canada’s business community. September 2023 saw an astonishing growth in the number of new businesses formed, revealing a renewed entrepreneurial spirit and economic optimism. 

According to Cleanlist’s ResponseCanada Business, a comprehensive daily compilation of Canadian businesses, a staggering 25,000 new businesses were established in this month alone. This number not only set a 12-month record but is almost five times the number created in September 2022.

So, what’s driving this remarkable surge?

Economic Recovery and Post-Pandemic Optimism

The effects of the global pandemic brought a slew of challenges for Canadian businesses. Yet, the nation has shown resilience, and the business environment has adapted, pivoted, and found ways to survive and even thrive. With vaccines widely distributed and life returning to a semblance of normalcy by 2023, there’s a palpable sense of optimism in the air. Entrepreneurs who might have delayed their business ideas due to the uncertain times in 2022 are now leaping into action, emboldened by the recovering economy and brighter prospects.

Digital Transformation and Accessibility

The pandemic accelerated the digital transformation of many sectors. With advancements in technology and increased accessibility to online tools, starting a business in 2023 is more accessible than ever. From eCommerce platforms to digital marketing and remote work tools, entrepreneurs now have a plethora of resources at their fingertips, allowing them to launch and scale rapidly.

Government Incentives and Support

Recognizing the potential of small businesses as vital engines of the economy, the Canadian government introduced several incentives and support measures. Grants, tax breaks, and favorable loan terms provided a safety net and encouragement for startups and entrepreneurs, making the business landscape in Canada one of the most conducive for new ventures.

Diversification in Business Models

One of the most noticeable trends from the data provided by Cleanlist’s ResponseCanada Business is the diversification in the types of businesses being formed. From green tech startups focused on sustainability to health and wellness ventures, education tech, and more – it’s clear that entrepreneurs are tapping into varied and emerging sectors, signaling a multifaceted economic growth.

A Resilient and Adaptive Business Spirit

Canadians have always displayed an indomitable spirit. Faced with challenges, the business community didn’t simply retract; it evolved. The hardships faced in 2022 cultivated a generation of entrepreneurs who are adaptive, innovative, and more resilient than ever. The surge in new businesses is a testament to this newfound determination and adaptability.

Looking Ahead: The Promise of a Flourishing Business Landscape

While the surge in new businesses is undoubtedly exciting, it also calls for reflection and preparation. Existing businesses need to adapt to the increased competition and must innovate to stay relevant. New entrepreneurs must brace for the challenges of the initial years, focusing on sustainable growth and long-term vision.

For businesses and marketers alike, the data from Cleanlist’s ResponseCanada Business is invaluable. Recognizing the trends, understanding the nature and sectors of the new businesses, and adapting strategies accordingly will be pivotal.

Moreover, clean, accurate, and up-to-date data is the cornerstone of any successful marketing campaign or research effort. Leveraging platforms like Cleanlist can make the difference between a successful outreach and a missed opportunity.

In conclusion, September 2023 has marked a significant chapter in Canada’s business narrative. The incredible rise in new businesses is not just a number – it symbolizes hope, resilience, innovation, and the undying Canadian spirit of entrepreneurship. Here’s to a brighter, bustling, and business-friendly Canada!

by Donna Copelli, Cleanlist Product Manager

About the data: the data presented in this report was summarized from ResponseCanada Business, Canada’s largest and most up-to-data commercial database. To learn more about the database or for licensing information, contact

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