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 government and employment websites for you to use in your research.
Toolbase.org - NAHB Research Center
NAHB Research Center's ToolBase.org is the US housing industry's best resource for technical information on building products, materials, new technologies, business management, and housing systems.
Originally created in 2001 as the Construction Sector Council, BuildForce Canada is a national industry-led organization committed to working with the construction industry to provide information and resources to assist with its management of workforce requirements.
Start here: Construction Forecasts website
Current reports and statistics from British Columbia's central statistical agency including labour market information, economic statistics and bankruptcies. Start by searching their Industry sectionand narrowing by industry type or go to the Business, Industry & Trade page to skim all the different business-related topics.
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Start here: Industry Profile - Construction (Residential and Non-Residential)
Start here: Career Profile - Contractors and Supervisors - Carpentry Trades
Start here: Career Profile - Carpenters
Start here: Career Profile - Cabinetmakers
Start here: Career Profile - Home Builders and Renovaton Managers
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.
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.
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.
Province of Alberta - Ministry of Labour
Provides information on economic development, labour, trades and apprenticeships as well as industry descriptions and data from the Province of Alberta.
Start here: Industry Profiles
PriceWaterhouse Coopers Canada (PwC)
This resource provides industry specific information and includes additional information on local contacts and relevant publications.
Start here: Engineering and Construction Industry
International and/or American Information:
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.
Start here: Business Guides by Industry - Construction
A good way to research trends in the US labour market. Provides detailed labour information by state.
Start here: Industry Profile - 236100 - Residential Building Construction
Start here: Occupation Profile - Carpenters
Start here: Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
Start here: Occupation Profile - Construction Managers
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.
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: Construction Profile
US Census Bureau: Industry Statistics Portal
Provides access to high level US Industry overviews and statistics. Searchable by 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code or keyword.
Start here: Industry Statistics Sampler - NAICS 23 - Construction
Start here: Industry Statistics Sampler - NAICS 238130 - Framing contractors
Start here: Industry Statistics Sampler - NAICS 238350 - Finish carpentry contractors
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.