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Workforce Focus - Thunder Bay District

From the North Superior Workforce Planning Board

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) are employers of less than 100 people, including the self-employed. Small and medium-sized enterprises employ approximately 2 million people in Ontario. For the past decade, employment in SMEs has made up 36% of all employment in the province. In the first part of this decade, SMEs were leading the employment growth rate. Though a flattening occurred between 2003 and 2005, the annual employment growth rate of SMEs matched that of larger-sized enterprises until mid 2008.

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