TORONTO, January 24, 2018 – Investment funding (all figures in USD) to venture-backed companies based in Canada increased in 2017 but deal activity declined, according to the MoneyTree™ Report from PwC Canada and CB Insights. Investors deployed $2.7B across 333 deals in 2017. Total and average funding increased 7% and 31% respectively, while deal activity decreased by 12%.
“2017 was another record year. Investment in Canada's technology sector surpassed itself once again with a total of $2.7B. Average deal size increased from $8.3M to $10.9M – a rise of 31% from 2016 – clearly shows consistent and sustained growth. With a deep talent pool and a growing technology sector, Canada is just getting started when it comes to attracting capital,” said Chris Dulny, National Technology Industry Leader, PwC Canada.
Q4’17 saw softer investment but was second-largest quarter for funding in 2017. A total of $757M was distributed across 76 deals in the fourth quarter, a 14% decline in funding from the previous quarter, while 22 fewer deals were recorded in Q4’17.
Sector-wise, Internet financing declined as $753M was invested across 132 deals, down from 166 deals in 2016. Canadian Mobile companies saw eight less deals in 2017, whereas funding increased by 66% for a total $434M. Healthcare companies saw six more deals in 2017, while funding declined 24%.
Regionally, Montréal had $800M invested across 63 deals, a 64% increase from 2016. Financing activity in the Toronto market declined with 11 fewer deals completed and 22% less funding invested. In Vancouver funding increased 4% despite seeing 10 fewer deals.
“Like venture globally, venture funding into Canada reached highs while there was a decline in deal activity,” stated Anand Sanwal, co-founder and CEO of CB Insights. “One bright spot for the market has been funding to Canadian AI and Fintech companies. It is worth keeping an eye on these sectors going forward as market leaders in these areas have the potential to draw more significant venture funding in the coming years.”
PwC Canada will be hosting a national launch event for the annual report in Montréal on Thursday, February 1.
The MoneyTree Report can be accessed here.
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