In Saskatchewan, small business is BIG business. Almost 99% of businesses are small businesses. In 2016, small businesses accounted for 31% of Saskatchewan’s GDP.
What’s not on the front pages is the vital role women play in job creation and economic growth — and how much more robust our province and country could be if we increased the number
of female entrepreneurs and created conditions for them to succeed.
At WESK, we are working hard to close the gender entrepreneurship gap. It is not just a social and moral imperative. It is an economic investment. The time is now. Let’s seize the opportunities.
Saskatchewan Advisory Committee on the Gender Entrepreneurship Gap
There is a significant gender gap in entrepreneurship in Canada. Women entrepreneurs contribute $148 billion to our economy and advancing gender equality in the creation of economic activity has the potential to add another $150 to $420 billion. By understanding and addressing the unique barriers that women entrepreneurs encounter, we can enhance opportunities to scale businesses and boost economic growth in our province. That’s why we’ve created the Saskatchewan Advisory Committee.
Curious as to who’s on the Committee and what they’re working on?
Women Entrepreneurship in Canada Report
In 2018, WESK commissioned PwC to conduct an independent study exploring these questions.
What follows are a summary of key insights from the Women Entrepreneurship in Canada report and recommendations for the Government of Saskatchewan to move the needle on women entrepreneurship in our province.
To view our articles and press releases on closing the gender & entrepreneurship gap, click below or visit our blog.
April 3, 2018: It’s Time to Close the Gender Entrepreneurship Gap (Article by Prabha Mitchell)
October 29, 2018: The Time is Now: Closing the Gap for Women Entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan (Press Release)
January 23, 2019: How Can You Close the Gender Gap? Yes, You (Article by Prabha Mitchell)
May 2, 2019: Government Of Saskatchewan Supporting Women Entrepreneurs Through Creation Of Advisory Committee (Press Release)
July 25, 2019: Minister Goodale Announces Women Entrepreneurship Strategy Investments (Press Release)