In this section we have gathered some of the most reliable freely available online government and employment websites for you to use in your research.
WorkBC have identified Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics and Mechanical Repairers on their list of high demand occupations in BC.
Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada
Provides market research, industry statistics, licensing information for intellectual property, and information about doing business internationally. The Industry Canada site features interactive applications such as customizable trade reports, cost calculators, and online business planning guides. You can also search broad Canadian industry statistics.
- Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada also provides a helpful business startup checklist.
The Daily - Statistics Canada
The premier source for Canadian statistical information, including census information. Search 'The Daily' releases by subject to identify corresponding census tables, latest news, and publications. Similarly, you can browse by data source, including surveys & questionnaires relevant to your market research, which also link to census tables, latest news and publications.
CANSIM | Statistics Canada's key socioeconomic database. Information is updated daily. This formerly fee-based service is now available for free.
- Start here: Statistics Canada. Table 21-10-0060-01 Repair and maintenance services, summary statistics
- Start here: Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0220-02 Employment and average weekly earnings (including overtime) for all employees in the automotive industry, monthly, seasonally adjusted, Canada
US & International Websites
Small Business Administration: Free Small Business Data
This site is created and managed by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and provides a list of free sources of information that you can use to obtain data about markets in the US.