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Hamilton’s Business Counts by Size

This page presents a breakdown of the number of businesses operating in Hamilton, as of the most recent Canadian Business Counts data release, by business size. These data are a timely and reliable insight on Hamilton’s businesses and the sectors in which they operate.

As of December 2020, Hamilton was home to 15,782 businesses with employees (noting that this includes not-for-profit businesses and registered charities) and 34,653 businesses operating with zero employees.

Hamilton’s Business Counts

City of Hamilton (CSD)
As of December 2020, Hamilton was home to approximately 15,782 businesses (including registered charities and not-for-profit organizations). Approximately 56.3% of Hamilton’s employers employ fewer than four people, and 74.6% of employers employ nine or fewer people. There are approximately 34,653 businesses operating without employees (i.e. establishments providing self-employment) in Hamilton.

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Hamilton’s Business Counts
Micro (1-4 employees)8,888
Small (5-99 employees)6,569
Medium (100-499 employees)293
Large (500+ employees)32

Canadian Business Counts, December 2020

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Top-5 Microbusiness Sectors

City of Hamilton (CSD)
A microbusiness is the smallest of small businesses, typically employing four people or fewer. These are also the most common type of business in both Hamilton and Canada. This table notes that the largest microbusiness sector in Hamilton is found in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services. Businesses in this sector account for 7.6% of all businesses in Hamilton.

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Top-5 Microbusiness Sectors
Professional services1204
Ambulatory health care 1033
Specialty trade contractors798
Truck transportation637
Real estate424

Canadian Business Counts, December 2020

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Top-5 Small Business Sectors

City of Hamilton (CSD)
While the specific definitions of a small business can fluctuate from one market to the next, it is generally seen as inclusive of businesses that employ between four and 99 people. The largest small business sector in Hamilton is Food Services and Drinking Places. Businesses in this sector account for 5.1% of all businesses in Hamilton.

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Top-5 Small Business Sectors
Food & beverage service803
Specialty trade contractors526
Ambulatory health care 477
Professional services386
Administrative services317

Canadian Business Counts, December 2020

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Top-5 Medium Business Sectors

City of Hamilton (CSD)
Medium-sized businesses typically employ between 100 and 499 people. Hamilton’s largest representation among this group of businesses is found in Administrative and Support Services – a sector that specializes in supporting the day-to-day activities of other businesses. Businesses in this sector account for 0.2% of all businesses in Hamilton.

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Top-5 Medium Business Sectors
Administrative services25
Nursing and residential care 24
Food and beverage stores23
Food & beverage service19
Specialty trade contractors16

Canadian Business Counts, December 2020

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Top-5 Large Business Sectors

City of Hamilton (CSD)
Hamilton’s large businesses are, comparatively, few in number despite creating a very large economic and employment footprint within the city. A large-sized business employs at least 500 people. Hospitals are Hamilton’s largest sector at this size, and they account for 0.04% of all employers in Hamilton.

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Top-5 Large Business Sectors
Hospitals7
Educational services4
Food manufacturing2
Metal manufacturing2
Transportation manufacturing2

Canadian Business Counts, December 2020

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Top-5 Zero-Employee Business Sectors

City of Hamilton (CSD)
Hamilton is home to a range of zero-employee businesses that operate across the complete spectrum of goods and services-production. Insights on zero-employee businesses offer a key metric on local entrepreneurship activity. The largest sector in Hamilton for zero-employee businesses is Real Estate, which accounts for 25.7% of all zero-employee businesses.

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Top-5 Zero-Employee Business Sectors
Real estate8899
Professional services3528
Specialty trade contractors1946
Ambulatory health care 1903
Securities and financial investment 1538

Canadian Business Counts, December 2020

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