Welcome to the RESEARCH section of the BBOT’s Business Resource Guide.

The below are resource, tools, information, and contacts to help with the RESEARCH stage of starting a business.

Business is tough.  Consider your own circumstances, but also the economic conditions of where you will locate your business. Consider the the demographics of your potential customers, where they are, and how many of them are around.

  • Market Research
    • Canada Business Network
      Find information that can help you make informed decisions and maximize the potential of your business. Learn more about your industry, as well as current and potential customers, competitors, and markets.
    • Reference Canada Database 
      This continuously updated company directory allows you to access comprehensive information on 1.5 million Canadian businesses. Find contact information, owner’s name, credit rating, sales volume, number of employees and more.  This information is free provided you have a Burnaby Public Library card—-click here to sign up for one. 
    • Statistics Canada-Burnaby demographics
      The 2016 census provides a variety of demographic information on population, income levels, languages spoken, education levels and more specifically for Burnaby.
    • Canada Industry Statistics Data
      Canadian Industry Statistics analyzes industry data on many economic indicators using the most recent data from Statistics Canada. CIS looks at industry trends and financial information, such as GDP, Labour Productivity, Manufacturing and Trade data.
    • Industry Financial Performance Data Reports
      Financial Performance Data provides access to more than 1000 industries across Canada, including more than 30 performance benchmarks to help small businesses determine how they measure up to their competitors.
    • BC Stats – Key Economic Indicators 
      Key indicators are used to measure the health and momentum of the B.C. economy, as well as social and demographic characteristics and trends. Find out things like GDP, housing starts, bankruptcies, and more.
    • BC Stats – Key Update Bulletins
      Access timely reviews of statistical releases and events that shape or describe the economic and social fabric of British Columbia. Be among the first to know things like manufacturing sales, tourism visitor numbers, and the consumer price index.