Key Websites

Published: Jul 4, 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 Retail and wholesale.

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: Industry Profile: Wholesale and Retail Trade
Start here: Occupation Profile: Retail and Wholesale Buyers
Start here: Occupation Profile: Sales and Account Representatives - Wholesale Trade (Non-Technical)
Start here: Occupation Profile: Technical Sales Specialists - Wholesale Trade

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: Trade Data Online
Start here: Canadian Wholesale Industry
Start here: Definition - Wholesale Trade (NAICS 41)
Start here: Wholesale Revenues and Expenses - Wholesale Trade (NAICS 41)

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: Wholesale sales and inventories (statistics by subject)
Start here: Annual Wholesale Trade (publication)
Start here: Wholesale Trade (publication)

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:

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: Tips for Finding and Working with Wholesale Suppliers
Start here: Effects of International Competition on Small Wholesale and Retail Trade Firms

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

Start here: Industry Profile - 42 - Wholesale Trade

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: Wholesale Trade

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