Researching a Canadian Company

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Researching a Canadian Company

Toronto Public Library provides information in a variety of formats. These include downloads and ebooks, DVDs, articles and online research.  Additional help is available by consulting a librarian in the branch, calling Answerline (416-393-7131), using our email or online chat service, Ask a Librarian. You can also Book a Librarian (a 30 to 60 minute personal appointment with a librarian).

Getting Started

The Business, Science and Technology Department of the Toronto Reference Library (3rd floor) has many resources related to Canadian companies. For additional information please ask at the Information Desk.

Searching the Library Catalogue

Suggested Subjects or Keywords:


Corporations – Finance – Directories - Canada

Finance – Canada - Periodicals

Corporations – Canada – Periodicals

Financial statements – Canada


Annual reports Canada

Checking the Shelves

Relevant call numbers:

  • 380.10257
  • 338.70257
  • 670.5
  • 670.5

Suggested Titles:

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 Titles:

Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA)

Financial Post (FP) Advisor

Scott’s Business Directories 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 

Click on Books, Video, Research and More from the library’s homepage, select Recommended Websites, and then Business, Finance and Economics. To find websites on Canadian companies click on Company Directories or Company Information.

Or, from the Recommended Websites page, select Job Search and Careers, and then Company Research.

Suggested Titles:

Corporations files


Incorporation Information

NUANS Corporate Name Search

 Additional Sources

1. Annual reports and Corporations files

These are Canadian company annual reports and corporation files, primarily for companies that trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

The annual reports are filed alphabetically by company name. Ask about holdings at the Business, Science and Technology Department Information Desk.

2. CanCorp Microfiche/ Corporate Retriever (Canadian)

The CanCorp microfiche include company financial statements and other documents filed with the Ontario Securities Commission until 1997.  Ask at the Business, Science and Technology Department Information Desk.

3. Oncorp database

Ask at the Business, Science and Technology Department Information Desk.

4. Vertical Files – Industry Files

Located behind the Business, Science and Technology Department Information Desk, 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

Researching a Canadian Industry

Researching Older Canadian Companies 

Starting a Small Business in Canada