Starting a Small Business in Canada

December 1, 2015 | Christina

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Starting a Small Business in Canada 

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Getting Started  
The Business, Science and Technology Department of the Toronto Reference Library and the Business Department of the North York Central Library have many resources related to starting a small business in Canada.  For additional information please ask at their Information Desks.  

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Suggested Subjects or Keywords:


New business enterprises -- Canada -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Small business -- Canada -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Entrepreneurship -- Canada -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.


Small Business

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General Small Business 

The eventual millionaire: how anyone can be an entrepreneur and successfully grow their startup

Grow:  hot to take your DIY project & passion to the next level and quit your job

Grow regardless:  of your business's size, your industry or the economy--and despite the government!

Run your business, don't let it run you: learning and living professional management

Sell local, think global: 50 innovative ways to make a chunk of change and grow your business

The young entrepreneur's guide to starting and running a business: turn your ideas into money!

Business Plans

Business Plans Handbook: a compilation of actual business plans developed by small business throughout North America 

The one-hour business plan: the simple and practical way to start anything new 

Preparing effective business plans: an entrepreneurial approach 

Write your business plan: get your plan in place and your business off the ground

Writing a convincing business plan 

Using Online Sources

Toronto Public Library provides access to a wide range of online resources, such as downloads and eBooks, as well as articles and online research. Most of these resources can be accessed outside the library from the Library's website with a valid Toronto library card.

Find Your Way…Downloads & eBooks

Click on Downloads & eBooks from the FIND YOUR WAY section of the Library's homepage. Click on Downloads: Start Here to find Getting Started with Library eBooks and Help for new users. From the Downloads & eBooks page, select OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks. Our largest eBook collection, OverDrive includes current non-fiction, videos and audiobooks. Click on Business & Careers under eBook Nonfiction to browse all titles in this category.    

Find Your Way…Articles & Online Research

Click on Articles & Online Research from the FIND YOUR WAY section of the library’s homepage. Select Databases & Research Tools by Topic and then Business & Careers. (Or, just enter the title of the database in the main search box of the homepage, or browse using the A – Z List of All Databases).

Suggested Title:

Safari Tech and Business Books Online 

Find Your Way…Small Business    

Click on Small Business from the FIND YOUR WAY section of the library’s homepage to find Spaces to Meet and Work, Expert Staff Assistance, Specialized Business Resources, and business–related Programs and Seminars.

Recommended Websites 

To find websites on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, click on Books, Video, Research and More from the library’s homepage, select Recommended Websites, and then Business, Finance and Economics. 

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Demographic Information

Census Profile, 2011 Census

NHS Profile [National Household Survey], 2011 Census

Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada  

Business/Industry Performance/Company Information

Canadian Companies Capabilities

Financial Performance Data

Key Small Business Statistics

SEDAR Company Profiles

SME Research and Statistics

Toronto Industry Profiles

Additional Sources


Canadian Business


Financial Post [section of National Post]

Financial Post Magazine

Report on Business [section of Globe and Mail]

Vertical Files – Industry Files

Located behind the Business, Science and Technology Department Information Desk at the Toronto Reference Library, they include recent printouts and clippings from various sources for Canadian industries. Press releases, pamphlets and other sources of information about industries may also be included.

See Also

Business Directories : City of Toronto and Area
Market Research with Library Resources  (to be published in the near future)
Researching a Canadian Company
Researching a Canadian Industry