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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.

Why does the gender gap exist? How does Saskatchewan compare to the rest of Canada? Most importantly, what more can we do to close the gap and unleash the immense opportunities before us? 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.

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.

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