Key Websites

Published: Oct 8, 2010
Last Updated: Jun 5, 2020
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If you want a one-stop shop for government reports try the BC Legislative Library catalogue.

Finding The Best Online Information Is Tough

In this section we have gathered some of the most reliable websites for you to use in your research.

Restaurant Central is a website developed by Restaurants Canada, the national association representing the Canadian restaurant and food industry. The website features information on the restaurant and hospitality industry including research and trends, marketing, operations, staffing, restaurant business tips, and laws and regulations.

Canadian Information:

BC Stats Current reports and statistics from British Columbia's central statistical agency including labour market information, economic statistics and bankruptcies. Start by searching their Industry section and narrowing by industry type or go to the Business, Industry & Trade page to skim all the different business-related topics.

Start here: BC's Food Service and Drinking Places (pdf)

WorkBC | Find current employment outlooks, labour market information, relevant links, and a geographic representation of the BC workforce. Start by searching your Industry Profile.

Start here: Industry Profile - Accommodation and Food Services
Start here: Career Profile - Restaurant and Food Service Managers
Start here: Occupation Profile - Bartenders

Job Bank - Government of Canada
The leading source for labour market information. The site is designed to assist individuals who are searching for work or looking to make career decisions but can also be useful to gage employment trends in an industry. Try using their search portal to explore careers by occupation or review the latest job market trends in your industry. 

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.

Start here: Company Directories - Food Services and Drinking Places (NAICS 722)
Start here: Establishments - Food Services and Drinking Places (NAICS 722)
Start here: SME Benchmarking - Food Services and Drinking Places (NAICS 722)

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.

Start here: Food Services and Drinking Places (publication)
Start here: Control and Sale of Alcoholic Beverages (statistics) See most recent analysis (Apr 2014) in The Daily

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International and/or American Information:

Career InfoNet
A good way to research trends in the US labour market. Provides detailed labour information by state.

Start here: Industry Profile - 722410 - Drinking Places, Alcoholic Beverages
Start here: Occupation Profile - Bartenders

HighBeam Business: Industry Reports
These industry reports provide statistics, trends, market analysis, and industry news on a wide range of industries. HighBeam Business is operated by The Gale Group, a well-known and respected publisher of reference directories and databases for libraries and academia, and it is part of the larger information and publishing firm Cengage Learning.

Start here: Industry Reports - Drinking Places - SIC 5813

Vault Industry Profiles
A free source of industry information. Use the Industry Profiles to research news, company information, and industry-specific sample professions. Basic monthly membership is free and offers access to blogs, discussion forums, and job listings.

Start here: Food and Beverage Profile

You might want to jump ahead to the news websites listed in the next section of this Accelerator Guide for more resources. News websites can often be good sources of industry, competitive and consumer information.