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Company & Industry Research

A detailed guide to conducting research on companies, nonprofits, charities, and industries. Look up NAICS codes, find competitors, industry profiles, financial ratios by industry.

Best Sources for Industry Profiles

You can learn more about industries and the competitive landscape by consulting one or more of the following sources of industry profiles and/or statistical data.


Library Databases with Canadian, US, or Global content:

Local, Regional, or Ontario Industry Profiles

  • Most municipal, regional or provincial economic development agency websites contain industry profiles focusing on sectors of key importance. 
  • To find information for your target market and industry, use an internet search engine to look for your city or region's investment or economic development office (e.g., Hamilton Economic Development or "Invest in Hamilton) and include search terms such as "key industries" or "key sectors" or "industry profiles". 
  • Here are links to a few examples of such websites:

Industry Analysis from Consulting Firms

  • Well known management consulting firms such as Deloitte and PWC provide analysis of current and future conditions in a variety of industries by country (e.g. Canada, United States) and well as globally.
  • Start with these links but remember you may have to navigate to the Global sites of some firms for analysis of other countries or of global industries.