Key Websites

Published: Apr 9, 2012
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:

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: Wholesale and Retail Trade
Start here: Occupation Profile: Store Shelf Stockers, Clerks and Order Fillers
Start here: Occupation Profile: Retail and Wholesale Trade Managers

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: Establishments - Grocery Stores (NAICS 4451)
Start here: Company Directories - Specialty Food Stores (NAICS 4452)
Start here: State of Retail: The Canadian Report 2010

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 Data (2012)
Start here: Retail sales, by industry (monthly) (Scroll down to Food and Beverage Stores --> Specialty Food Stores)

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada provides information and programs for those who raise animals or who grow plants for food, feed or industrial use. This web resource features a comprehensive collection of agricultural information including economic forecasts and statistics, policies and acts, incentive programs and other services.

Start here: Canadian Consumers

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: 

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: Eating Places Market Report
Start here: Miscellaneous Food Stores Market Report

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: US Food & Beverage Index
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.

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.

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.