Between July 20 and August 3, 2020, a survey led by the Réseau des Femmes d’affaires du Québec (RFAQ) and EY was circulated within the women entrepreneurs networks in Canada, in partnership with women entrepreneurs support organizations from across the country. The objective of the survey was to gain insight on their needs around surviving the crisis and to support their continued contribution to the economic recovery. We received responses from 484 women entrepreneurs across Canada.
The organizations that supported this survey recognize the potential and the needs of women entrepreneurs, and are committed to continuing to join forces to strengthen the Canadian ecosystem to effectively address those needs. With 16% of businesses owned by women, women entrepreneurs clearly have a role to play to connect with researchers (women entrepreneurs knowledge hub), large buyers (supplier diversity programs), BDC, and other financial services providers to drive an inclusive, digital and sustainable recovery for our country— and women entrepreneurs are committed to doing so.
With the support of the women entrepreneurs networks working together with governments and the private sector, women entrepreneurs will play a key role to help our country build back better.