CPE Analytics has released its 2022 Canadian Venture Capital Report. Though down substantially from Canada’s best VC year 2021, 2022 managed to hold its place as the second best year since 2017.
Highlights of 2022:
US and International investors invested $4.24 billion and $1.7 billion. Canadian investors contributed 37% for $3.49 billion
Leading top investor types: VC – $3.3 billion, Corporate – $2.44 billion, Family Office – $893 million, Government – $780 million
Ontario and City of Toronto (not GTA as a whole) led all provinces and municipal cities, securing $3,497 million and $2,485 million respectively
Backed by US and International investors, Cleantech disbursements remain ahead of biotech disbursements
Dentons Canada LLP led all law firms as the top Canadian VC law firm in 2022, involving in 114 VC financings.
Canadian VC reaches $9.42B in 2022, 2nd best year since 2017
TORONTO, May 18, 2022 /Private Capital Newswire (pcNewswire)/ – Canadian venture capital (VC) disbursements reached $9,425 million from 708 financings in 2022. Though a substantial decrease (33%) in disbursements from 2021, the best Canadian VC year in history, 2022 still ranked as the second-best VC year in terms of disbursements.
All dollar ($) figures in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.
VC funding sources (who funds Canadian companies)
US and International investors invested $4.24 billion and $1.70 billion, representing 45% and 18% of the total disbursements respectively. Canadian investors invested $3.49 billion for 37% of the total.
VC investors, Canadian and non-Canadian, invested a combined $3.30 billion or 35% of the total disbursements. Specifically, Canadian, US and international VCs invested $2,062 million (22%), $972 million (10%) and $268 million (3%) respectively.
Corporate investors led by US corporate investors invested a combined $2.44 billion (26%), consisting of $1,154 million, $831 million, and $454 million by US, International and Canadian corporation investors respectively.
Family Office investors investing $893 million (9%), comprised of $367 million (Canadian), $289 million (International) and $$237 million (US).
Following VC, Corporate and Family Office investors, Government investors invested $780 million, $774 million (8%) of which by Canadian government investors.
2022 VC disbursements
Ontario, Quebec, and BC companies were the leading recipients of VC disbursements, securing $3.50 billion, $2.45 billion $2.23 billion respectively.
|Province||# Fins||$ Millions|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||1||26|
|Prince Edward Island||2||4|
Companies from 66 municipal cities secured venture capital funding in 2022 with Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver leading with $2.49 billion, $2.10 billion and $1.73 billion respectively.
ICT companies raised $5.13 billion or 54% of the total disbursements. Cleantech2 companies secured $1.97 billion, ahead of $1.14 billion raised by biotech companies.
Early stage and growth/late-stage financings raised $5.66 billion and $2.21 billion respectively.
Seed/pre-seed stage financings raised $598 million from 169 financings. Bridge financing raised $442 million from 107 financings.
Companies with 0-49, 50-99, 100-499 and 500+ employees raised $6.17 billion, $707 million, $2.54 billion, and $10 million respectively.
2022 VC fund fundraising
48 Canadian venture capital funds raised $4.74 billion in 2022. 2 BDC funds (allocated capital) accounted for 19% of the total fundraising by Canadian VC firms.
|Type||# Funds||$ Millions|
2022 Leading VC law firms
Dentons Canada LLP led all VC firms in 2022 involving in 114 VC financings.
|Law Firm||# Fins||$ Millions|
|Dentons Canada LLP||114||612|
|Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP||65||2,137|
|Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP||29||229|
|Borden Ladner Gervais LLP||19||119|
|Bennett Jones LLP||14||56|
|Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP||9||261|
|LaBarge Weinstein LLP||9||43|
|Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP||9||25|
|DLA Piper (Canada) LLP||8||45|
“2022 reveals the continuing over concentration of venture capital investment in three provinces, namely Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia which together accounted for 86.7% of all venture capital investment dollars. This situation poses a challenge for government policy makers and their regional development efforts – namely how, or even whether, to promote venture capital investment outside of those three provinces. Another feature revealed by the data is the 20.9% contribution of clean tech which bears watching in light of the federal government 2023 Budget which committed significant policy support to clean tech. Finally, it is notable that 65.4% of all venture capital investment dollars went to the smallest companies (0 – 49 employees), which suggests that scale ups received comparably less support, thus continuing a pattern of underfunding for medium-sized firms,” commented Richard Rémillard, President of Rémillard Consulting Group (RCG).
Summary report can be downloaded from financings.ca website: https://www.financings.ca/reports/
- Equity and quasi-equity investments in companies directly.
- Secondary transactions (investor/shareholder exit events) in which companies received no money
- PE transactions
- Financing by foreign headquartered/domiciled companies with Canadian subsidiaries.
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 CPE Analytics tracks disbursements, money went to the companies (primary funding); we specifically exclude secondary transactions as part of overall funding rounds. For example, we only included US $321 million of 1Password’s US $620 million funding round and excluded $299 million secondary transaction with the founders and management. Also noted that 1Password deal was a 2021 deal, not a 2022 financing.
2 CPE Analytics has re-classified and included advanced agri-tech in cleantech.