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CHAPTER 5

BOX: Performance of Small, Medium, and Large-sized Firms in Canadian Exports During the Global Financial Crisis

Number of Exporters, by Firm Size, 1999-2009

This figure depicts the number of Canadian exporters, by firm size, between 1999 and 2009.

There were 32,983 small firm exporters in 1999, which expanded to a high of 38,204 in 2004, but later gradually declined to 31,160 in 2009. There were 2,577 medium sized firm exporters in 1999, which expanded to 3,002 in 2008 and further to 3,864 in 2009. There were 953 large firm exporters in 1999, which expanded to a high of 1,144 in 2006 before gradually falling off to 1,130 in 2009.

Source: Statistics Canada, Exporter Register.