Key Websites

Published: Apr 26, 2011
Last Updated: Jun 15, 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 government and employment websites for you to use in your research.

Canadian Information:

Canada Business Network: Industry Sector Data
Industry-specific data will help you understand the current status and future projections for your industry. This knowledge is invaluable as you begin your business and plan for the next several years.

Start here: Scroll down to Consumer goods.

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 sectionand narrowing by industry type or go to the Business, Industry & Trade page to skim all the different business-related topics.

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: Retail and Wholesale Trade 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.

Start here: The Apparel Global Value Chain
Start here: Overview of the Canadian Apparel Industry (2006) / Canadian Apparel Industry
Start here: Retail Revenues and Expenses - Clothing Stores (NAICS 4481)
Start here: Establishments - Clothing Stores (NAICS 4481)
Start here: Company Directories - Men's Clothing Stores (NAICS 44811)
Start here: Company Directories - Women's Clothing Stores (NAICS 44812)

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: Retail Trade (Feb 2011)
Start here: A New Look: Retail Clothing Sales in Canada

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) | Global consultancy firm that produces reports on the state of various industries.

Start here: Retail and Consumer Industry

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 - NAICS 4481 - Clothing Stores
Start here: Industry Profile - NAICS 44811 - Men's Clothing Stores
Start here: Industry Profile - NAICS 448120 - Women's Clothing Stores

MarketWatch - Industry Analyzer
The Industries section contains current data on Dow Jones Industry Sectors. Aggregate data as well as company-specific data is available.

Start here: Clothing Market Reports

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: Specialty Retail Profile

A comprehensive business source by the Broad College of Business of Michigan State University. It includes a wide range global studies on industries worldwide and marcroeconomic analysis for each country.
ReportLinker is a professional search engine which gives you access to an exclusive database of 1.2 million market reports and counting. Use this search engine to find official Industry reports, Company profiles and Market Statistics. Please note: information listed on this website may be very expensive but it may be possible to get access to specific reports elsewhere.

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.