New provincial data from Environics Analytics

The Geospatial Centre has acquired two new data sets this week: Business and Health data from Environics Analytics.

The Businesses 2020 database provides a detailed list of businesses from InfoCanada. It includes company name, Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industry code, annual sales information, number of employees, and location coordinates (as well as by census geographic tracts) for every business in the database. The NAICS will prove useful to anybody looking to locate specific industries like soybean farming, grape vineyards, pig farming, logging, fishing, ore mining, construction, confectionary manufacturing, soft drink manufacturing, book publishers, flight training, and so much more.


• Where are certain types of businesses located within Ontario?

• How many coffee shops are located in my municipality?

• Which, or how many companies have more than 100 employees in my area of interest?

• Where are my competitors located?

• What’s the competitive risk around this location? How many similar businesses are nearby?



Administered by Statistics Canada, the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) collects detailed information on the health status of Canadians. CommunityHealth takes the latest available survey data (2015-2016) and provides 471 variables  to better understand and target Canadians based on health-related topics, including their ailments, health care utilization, self-esteem, body mass index and fitness level. Available for all census geography levels.  


• Based on asthma incidence, in which municipalities should I be marketing my asthma treatment?

• Which neighbourhoods in my area are more likely to have residents who smoke?

• What is the general health profile of my region? What attitudes or activities should I promote to better align my company’s wellness programs?

• How frequently do people engage in physical activity?

• Which areas in my region have the greatest prevalence of diabetes, and how do we better communicate with them regarding prevention and treatment programs?