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'Baby Boomer' retirements will cause a huge wave of business transfers: CFIB

Last Updated Nov 28, 2018 at 6:36 am PDT

Businessmen cast their shadows as they walk in Toronto's financial district on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. Approaching "baby boomer" retirements will result in a huge transfer of business ownership over the next five to 10 years but only a small percentage of current owners have done a formal written succession plan, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business says in a report released Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
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The CFIB says approaching 'baby boomer' retirements will result in a huge wave of business transfers

Majority of 'baby boomers' surveyed say they'd rely on the sale of their business as a source of retirement income

TORONTO — The Canadian Federation of Independent Business says approaching “baby boomer” retirements will result in a huge transfer of business ownership over the next five to 10 years.

The association for small and mid-sized companies says its research suggests 47 per cent of business owners intend to exit their business within the next five years and 72 per cent plan to exit within 10 years.

The conclusions are based on an online survey of 2,507 small business owners conducted last May.

In four out of five cases, retirement was cited as the reason for the planned departure. Other reasons included a move to another venture or lack of profit in their current enterprise.

About 62 per cent of survey respondents said they’d rely on the sale of their business as a source of retirement income.

However, the CFIB says only 49 per cent of business owners have a succession plan — usually informal and unwritten.