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May 25, 2024

Key Industries: Where Start-ups Are Flourishing in Canada

The Canadian government provides a range of national and local programs to support emerging startups. In the last ten years, they have introduced tax breaks, financing options, grants, wage assistance, and immigration visas for eligible individuals looking to establish their startups in Canada.

The Canadian start-up ecosystem is a vibrant tapestry of entrepreneurial roles. The spectrum is expanding from intrapreneurs to technopreneurs, social entrepreneurs to self-employed entrepreneurs, offering many opportunities for those with innovative ideas and a passion for business. Entrepreneurship is encouraged in many Canadian industries, primarily due to its innate pursuit of opportunity beyond controlled resources. 

Investment in Start-Ups in Various Industries

The growth of start-ups in different Industries depends on the fund size and the level of interest in each stage of business development. For example, the industries of most interest to Canadian VCs are:

  1. Information and communication technologies
  2. Life sciences
  3. Clean technologies
  4. Manufacturing 
  5. Energy

Venture capitalists and angel investors successfully execute investments in many start-ups in varied industries, such as travel and tourism, e-commerce, hospitality, the automobile industry, and others, when start-ups fulfil specific criteria, such as business plan feasibility, product traction, management team qualifications, existing competition, size of the deal, and others.

Interesting Facts

  • More than 3,000 start-ups are operating in Canada.
  • The Toronto-Waterloo area hosts the most Canadian start-ups.
  • The two most forthcoming industries are clean water solutions and space technology.
  • Steel River Group is the fastest-growing start-up in Canada, while Coveo has received the maximum funding in the last two years.
  • The technology and telecommunication sector holds 23.63% of start-ups in Canada. Other leading industries where start-ups flourish are insurance and finance, pharmaceutical, MedTech, and health companies.
  • The snack food industry, specialising in organic, gluten-free and low-calorie snacks, performs the best in start-ups. 
  • Tru Earth specialises in developing eco-friendly detergents and had 8.408% revenue growth in two years. 
  • Dapper Labs, a consumer-focused cryptocurrency start-up in Canada, is valued at $7.60B (March 2021).

Fastest Growing Industries in Canada for Start-Ups

Here are the five fastest-growing industries in Canada for start-ups worth exploring for prosperous growth. 

  • Travel and Tourism Industry

Following a decline caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the travel and tourism sector is experiencing a strong rebound. With pent-up demand and a newfound focus on travel, tour operators and travel agencies are expected to see significant revenue increases (12.5% and 11.6%, respectively) in the 2024-25 fiscal year.

  • Semiconductor Industry

The semiconductor industry is rapidly expanding in Canada, providing promising prospects for start-ups entering the field. The demand for cutting-edge technology is driving a high need for semiconductor equipment manufacturing.

  • Hospitality Industry

With the return of travel, the hospitality industry is expected to make a comeback. Nevertheless, today’s selective travellers are searching for distinctive experiences and personalised services. Start-ups that meet these expectations, possibly through innovative ideas and cutting-edge technology services, will thrive in this evolving landscape.

  • Healthcare and Fitness Industry

Canadians continue to prioritise health and well-being. The growth in gyms, fitness centres, and specialised boutique studios is evident. Start-ups that address varied fitness requirements while utilising technology to create personalised experiences are poised for success.

  • Electrical Component Manufacturing Industry

The growing emphasis on renewable energy and energy conservation increases the need for electrical components. Businesses that can produce these components or serve the clean energy industry will find an open market in Canada.


With the increasing number of business owners embracing new technologies in their industries, specific sectors may become oversaturated, presenting challenges for start-up companies to establish themselves. In such cases, a viable approach for entrepreneurs is focusing on a specific market segment to attract customers. Successfully tapping into a niche market involves identifying clients’ requirements and leveraging new technology and innovation to differentiate their businesses effectively.


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