Getting to Scale: Accelerating Canada’s high-growth companies

This report offers a roadmap for practitioners and policymakers alike, identifying targeted high-impact interventions to support Canadian high-potential scale-ups
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Getting to Scale: Accelerating Canada’s high-growth companies
Sheldon Levy
Special Advisor to the Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion

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About this report 

The foundations of today’s global economy are rapidly shifting, and a new type of economy is emerging that is dominated by intangible assets like ideas, data, and talent. For today’s founders and leaders, this shifting economic landscape has critically important implications for how to scale new business and compete. Currently, Canada is home to a collection of promising high-growth firms that have the potential to strongly contribute to job creation and economic growth. New market dynamics and the expansion of the intangible economy means that scaling these companies has never been more challenging, but also that the potential benefits have never been greater.

Based on work conducted in 2019, this report explores the most important barriers that scale-ups face along their growth journey and also provides critical insights on the experience of companies in accessing business services, supports, and financing. Led by the efforts of the Special Advisor to Canada’s Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, Sheldon Levy, this report is the result of more than 100 interviews with 50 senior executives of firms at various stages of growth and over 60 ecosystem experts and stakeholders. Getting to Scale offers a roadmap for practitioners and policymakers alike, identifying targeted high-impact interventions to support Canadian high-potential scale-ups. 

Read this report to help you:
  • Understand the importance of scaling-companies for Canada’s economic growth and job creation. 
  • Learn more about the key barriers that scale-ups experience on their growth journey.
  • Gain insight into the perspectives of entrepreneurs, experts and policymakers on the challenges facing scale-ups.
  • Gain new insight into the types of policy solutions that can be put in place to assist scale-ups.

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Partners + Acknowledgements

This report was funded by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

We want to thank all of the companies, service providers, and experts who lent their time and knowledge throughout the duration of this project. 

Sheldon Levy
Special Advisor to the Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion

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