Canada: Business Guide

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Country Descriptions & Profiles

Note: Includes country profiles from several sources: Business Monitor International, Countrywatch Inc., Datamonitor, EIU, Global Insight, Going Global, Icon Group, OECD, and PRS Group. Select “Country Reports” from “Publications” column on the right. Highlights include:

Background Notes on Countries of the World: Canada
Published by the U.S. government, includes facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, foreign relations, and travel/business information.

Canada Country Profile
Quick access to country data points, economic performance, gross domestic product, and detailed analysis of the country’s business environment.

Canada Country Monitor
Presents Analyses, Statistics, and Forecasts on the Economy. Includes information on Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Real GDP, Consumer Prices, Foreign Trade, Official Exchange Rate, etc. Also provides Import and Export Statistics as well as the names of important government officials.

Canada Country Review
Annual CountryWatch publication, provides demographic, economic, business, and environmental data.

Canada Economic Competitiveness
Published by the Icon Group using vertical analysis or common-sized statements, provides estimates of the financial performance and labor productivity of countries compared to global benchmarks.  Financial analysis includes asset, liability and income structure, ratios, profitability ratios, and key percentile rankings.  Labor productivity analysis includes asset-labor, liability-labor, and income-labor ratios.

Political Risk Yearbook: Canada Country Forecast
Published annually by PRS Group. Includes the Political Risk Service rating system which assesses different political scenarios within a country, 18-month and five-year forecasts, based on a variety of political scenarios, the country’s political framework, key political players as well as economic conditions, investment, taxation, environmental trends, foreign relations, defense forces, history, and geography.

OECD iLibrary (2000)
Note: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development provides statistics and report on its 30 country members in addition to various reports, statistics and working papers covering macroeconomics, trade, education, science, development, and innovation with approximately 70 countries it has relationships with. Content varies by country.

Finance, Trade, & Commerce

Doing Business. Benchmarking Business Regulations.

Produced by the World Bank, this database provides information on business regulations and their enforcement in many countries. Countries are ranked according to ease of doing business. The Doing Business Indicators are comparable across 175 economies: They include starting a business, dealing with licenses, employing workers, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, enforcing contracts, and other indicators.

Note: The EIU database provides access to the Economist Intelligence Unit Publications such as the Country Reports. Each country page in the database provides forecast updates and featured analysis on economic and political events, as well as content pertaining to market opportunities, government regulations, and the financial services sector. Types of reports vary by country. Type the country name into the search box and select the reports tab to access the latest country reports.

FITA: Canada Country Profile

FITA, The Federation of International Trade Associations, website includes general information as well as information on market access, economic indicators, taxes, labor market, agriculture, media, and more.

Global Edge: Canada

Created by the Center for International Business Education and Research at Michigan State University (MSU-CIBER), globalEDGE contains country-specific news, statistics, history, economics, and government data.

Index of Economic Freedom: Canada

A resource from the Heritage Foundation evaluating the following areas: fiscal burden of government, government intervention in the economy, trade/monetary policy, property rights, and regulations.

Strategis: Canada’s Business and Consumer Site

Provides company directories, information on starting a business, industry services information, and more.

News

Note: Press Display provides online access to over 400 titles of today’s newspaper’s from around the world in full-color and full-page format. To get a list of newspapers by country select the country from the sidebar.

Statistics & Government Resources

Bank of Canada

The official Web site of the Bank of Canada includes information on the following: about the Bank, bonds & securities, careers, currency, financial markets, inflation, key policy rate, monetary policy, payments systems, press releases, research & publications, rates, statistics, and much more.

Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C.

Information about business and investment in Canada. Also contains information about statistics, education, travel and tourism, visas, immigration, history, geography, people, and culture.

Statistics Canada

A website of Canadian statistics, includes information on the following: census, community statistics, labour force, and much more.