Business Count by Size Category in Hamilton

Importance


The economic prosperity of a city is linked to both the economic prosperity of the businesses that locate and invest there. Cities need to foster an environment that encourages entrepreneurs to start small businesses, accommodate the growth and attraction of small and medium size businesses and to retain large companies. Information is collected and disseminated by Statistics Canada that provides a detailed breakdown of the number of businesses located in Hamilton, segmented by employment ranges, which provides a high-level annual overview that can allow year-over-year comparisons, and comparisons between different cities.

Story behind the numbers


Hamilton has seen consistent business growth in the total number of businesses over the past seven years, with over 1,600 new businesses added during this time.

It is encouraging to see the improvements are also represented in each individual business size category, demonstrating Hamilton’s ability to foster a start-up and scale-up environment that has seen new business entries and growth in the number of 100-199, 200-499, and 500+ employee companies.

Performance improvements


The vast majority of jobs are through business expansion and retention efforts, so the Economic Development Office works to ensure that those already doing business here are consulted with on a regular basis to ensure that these business owners are receiving the proper amount of support from City Hall.

Source: Canadian Business Patterns/Canadian Business Counts

Number of Businesses by Size Category (# of Employees)

Year 1-4 5-9 10-19 20-49 50-99 100-199 200-499 500+ Total
2011 6852 2808 1636 1119 342 137 81 29 13004
2012 6805 2827 1651 1147 370 159 81 29 13069
2013 7330 2934 1727 1211 380 160 85 27 13854
2014 7445 2846 1785 1234 376 160 85 32 13963
2015 7841 2778 1822 1220 366 166 91 33 14317
2016 7884 2858 1838 1187 443 154 90 34 14488
2017 8010 2863 1891 1231 379 172 92 37 14675