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Alberta’s women entrepreneurs

Alberta’s women entrepreneurs

Posted on: 11/19/2018 | Author: ATB Financial's Economics + Research Team


Today is Women’s Entrepreneurship Day so it’s a good time to take a look at Alberta’s self-employed women entrepreneurs.

Just over one in 10 employed women in our province report working for themselves as their primary form* of employment on Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey. These jobs range from doctor to farmer to graphic designer to restauranter to engineering consultant to founding a brewery and everything in between.

About 128,000 self-employed women account for 33 per cent of all self-employed jobs in the province (as of 2017). The gap between women and men is explained in part by the larger proportion of men working in sectors that lend themselves to self-employment such as construction and agriculture.

One in five (22 per cent) self-employed women in Alberta have paid staff with the rest working as “solopreneurs.” About 30 per cent of self-employed men have paid staff.

Self-employed women work across all sectors of the Alberta economy but the three most common are professional, scientific and technical services (19 per cent of self-employed women operate in this sector), health care and social assistance (15 per cent) and other services such as fundraising, personal care and social advocacy (12 per cent).

ATB's Entrepreneur Centres are a great place to find resources and network with other entrepreneurs.

*The survey only tracks the job or business at which a person “usually works the most hours.” It does not include self-employment that may be taking place in addition to a respondent’s main job.

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