Environics Analytics Business Data for Ontario


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?

Spatial reference and data type

This data is available in geographic co-ordinates and is stored as an Excel file. 

Data access

In order to access these data sets, please visit the Geospatial Centre reference desk during reference hours. Library reference staff are available to provide further information about these data sets and to deliver data upon request. Under the terms of the library's license agreement, these data sets are for use by students, faculty, and staff at the University of Waterloo only.

Data manipulation

There are public workstations in the Geospatial Centre that provide access to ArcGIS software programs, program extensions and data manipulation utilities. Patrons may use the Geographic Information System (GIS) and image processing software in the library to view and manipulate the data. UWaterloo faculty, students and staff may copy these data to other media for use elsewhere.

Use restrictions/licensing/copyright

This material is provided for academic, research, teaching, and personal use only. A data release agreement must be agreed to before the data is delivered. 


Business Data [computer file]. Toronto, Ontario: Environics Analytics, [2020].

Sample view of the data

Business points in Ontario