Canadian Company Information

The following are some basic resources for finding information about Canadian companies and their competitors. The list is not exhaustive. If you do not find what you are looking for, please contact: Katharine Ball at (519) 253-3000, ext. 3852. Some of the resources are freely available on the web. Others are Leddy Library subscriptions and so, if you are off-campus, you will have to sign on with your University of Windsor ID and email password.

 


 

Company Website
is the obvious place to start. Once at the website, look for headings such as Company Profile, Investor Relations, Corporate Governance. You should find the company's annual reports, financial statements, and information on their history, philosophy, operations, products/services, etc.
 

Business Source Complete and Proquest Business
type the name of your company in the search box. Limit by date, if appropriate. You will find articles about your company and company profiles for larger companies.
 

SEDAR
from the Canadian Securities Administrators;  covers publicly traded companies; select Company Profiles or Search Database. Contains annual reports, annual information statements, md&a reports, interim statements, and other financial documents. It often supplements information on company websites; filings are up-to-date; began in 1997 so there is a 15 year archive.
 

Thomson One
detailed company information, including analysts' research reports, and information on corporate governance, debt, deals, share ownership, and officers and directors
 

Financial Post Infomart
start by doing a Global Search (left banner) for your company. Note: you need to look at all the different reports/headings to get the complete information available. This includes detailed financial information for public companies; most data goes back 5-7 years; also has historical reports that go back decades. In addition, there are tools to compare the performance of companies:

Click on Corporate Analyzer (banner at left) and then choose:

a. Screens - select companies according to detailed financial criteria; can also produce "Top 100" lists or
b. Fundamentals - select companies and compare their financial performance
 

Compustat North America
very detailed financial data: annual 1950 onwards; quarterly 1962 onwards; segment data (1978 onwards), and monthly stock price and dividend history 1962 onwards; executive compensation data is also available.

 

Global Market Information Database
although this is an international database, there are reports and statistics for major Canadian companies; reports include strategic direction, competitive positioning, and some brand share information.

 

Hoover's Company Records
will give you an overview of both public and private companies. This database has information for 40,000 companies worldwide, including Canadian companies. Type the name of your company in the search box. Put quotation marks around the name, e.g. "Air Canada". Go directly to: Link to full text.

 

Library Catalogue
in the search box, type the name of your company in quotation marks, e.g. "Air Canada". You will find books on larger, well-known companies and also older annual reports for many companies. The catalogue also lists print business directories.

 

CFMRC TSX Database has historical share information for your company. Choose your company by name or ticker label and then select daily, monthly, or price adjustments information.

 

Yahoo Canada Finance
has current and historical stock prices for your company; the historical information often goes back to the mid 1990s; daily, weekly, and monthly prices are included; includes analyst opinions and estimates; has some additional company financial information.

 

Toronto Stock Exchange
has a listed company directory for the Toronto Stock Exchange and also the TSX Venture Exchange; gives suspended and de-listed securities; for individual companies has the last month's daily stock prices as well as other summarized stock information, charts, and analyst ratings and recommendations; see also the Standard & Poor's Stock Reports

 

Report on Business : the Top 1000
lists of public and private companies ranked by a number of criteria. To compile your own custom rankings, use the Financial Post Infomart

 

Million Dollar Database
includes Canadian and U.S. companies; allows you to create lists of companies by location, industry, and size; a variety of download options are available. There is also some biographical information for executives.

 

ThomasNet and Frasers Directory
focus on industrial suppliers and manufacturers; can use to find companies/competitors that produce very specialized products.

 

Industry Canada: Canadian Company Capabilities
basic company information; includes private companies