"Family business appears to be the most important contributor to the Canadian economy, no matter how you scrutinize the statistics. Research from the Alberta Business Family Institute found that family businesses employ six million workers, create 70% of jobs in North America, and provide 55% of all charitable donations. The institute estimates that family businesses contribute 60% of the Canadian GDP. It would be difficult to overstate the significance of these figures. Family enterprise defines the Canadian business landscape."
Source: Institute of Corporate Directors