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Outlook on the Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions Market

Business Acquisitions: A Strategy That Drives Growth

November 2021

The Canadian mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market has rebounded rapidly following its dip in the early days of the pandemic.

Looking ahead, the volume of transactions will likely remain high for the next five years. In that time, 9% of Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are expected to come up for sale externally, representing 116,000 businesses.

This positive outlook for M&A could be good news for the Canadian economy. After surveying more than 1,500 entrepreneurs, BDC found that acquisitions are an exceptional driver of growth. Its advantages include getting new talent and accessing new technologies.

Compared to organic growth, businesses that pursued acquisitions are twice as likely to experience sales growth above their industry average.

Download our free study for more of our findings, as well as tips from BDC experts.


  • Factors driving current trends in the M&A market
  • Insights to help you use acquisitions as part of your growth strategy
  • Case studies of two Canadian companies who made successful major acquisitions
  • A complete roadmap to guide your own business purchase
Business Acquisition, a strategy that drives growth

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