Barriers to small business creations in Canada

Amarjit Gill, Nahum Biger, Vivek Nagpal

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This paper seeks to extend the studies of Hatala (2005) and Choo and Wong (2006) related to the barriers to new venture creations. Individuals from Canada were surveyed to find out the barriers to small business creations. This study utilised survey research (a non-experimental field study design). Results show that lack of capital, lack of skills, perception on capital losses, lack of confidence and compliance costs create barriers to start-up a small business in Canada. This paper offers useful insights for the Canadian Government and investment advisors based on empirical evidence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-257
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Canada
  • Capital losses
  • Compliant costs
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Lack of capital
  • Lack of confidence
  • Lack of skills
  • Small business

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics and Econometrics


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