Frequently Asked Questions

How many companies are published on this site?
There are over 6,200 large Canadian companies listed. However, this number is constantly changing as companies merge with other companies and new companies are added to the database.

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How are companies chosen?
Companies are chosen to be listed by their size and importance in Canadian business. Most companies have an annual revenue of $10 million or more and/or assets of $10 million or more.

Other companies may not meet this criteria, but were chosen because of their growth potential and their strong presence in their industry, or their stock market performance. For example, these may include fibre optics or software companies.


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Where does the company information come from?
The primary sources of information for companies in the Subscriber Database are questionnaires, which are faxed or e-mailed to these companies each year. There is no cost for companies to be listed in the Subscriber Database.

Further information is obtained from annual reports, company press releases, national newspapers, and general internet research.


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Which industries do we cover?
www.cbr.ca does not focus on any one industry. All companies that match our criteria are included on the website.

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Do we list private companies?
We list both private and public companies, including crown corporations, wholly-owned subsidiaries, and divisions.

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What does the Top 500 ranking represent?
The Top 500 refers to the Financial Post Top 500 ranking of Canadian companies by revenue. The rankings let readers compare individual companies to their competitors. For more about this list go to Financial Post

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How up to date is the information in The Blue Book website?
Company information is gathered throughout the year. As company records are updated, the new information is added to the website. This happens three to four times per week.

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Who uses www.cbr.ca?
Many different groups use this resource, such as:
  • international corporations looking for business allies
  • sales and marketing teams in search of sales leads and contacts
  • government agencies tracking Canadian business activities
  • financial institutions, consulting firms or executive recruiters looking for potential clients
  • corporate libraries, high school and post-secondary students interested in current business information
  • investors researching stock market opportunities and trends
  • non-profit organizations creating donor lists.

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How do I access the database?
Subcribers and non-subscribers can click on the Search the CBR button on the top left-hand side of the home page. This will open the Search the CBR form and you can begin your search.

If you are not currently a subscriber the results of your queries will be limited to 2. For information on ordering a subscription, click on the Order Info button on top left-hand side of the home page.


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How do I subscribe to your sister publication The Blue Book of Canadian Business?
For information on ordering a subscription, click on the Order Info button on top left-hand side of the home page.

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How do I order a copy of The Blue Book of Canadian Business?
To order a copy of The Blue Book of Canadian Business contact us directly by phone, fax, or e-mail.

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Can I search for a company using many different criteria?
Yes, you can search for a company using as many different criteria as you want. Remember though, the more information you enter, the more narrow your search becomes and the fewer companies you will find.

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Can I use this information with my software to create contact lists?
There are two methods for importing our Company Listings into your software.
The first is as simple as clicking on the vCard symbol that follows an individual's name in the listing. If your computer has been configured to associate a '.vcf' file type with your contact management software it should open a Contact form completely populated with that contact's title and company information just click "Save and Close" and you have imported that individual's key information into your program.
The second method is a more powerfull method of importing multiple companies into your contact management , database or mail merge application. After you are satsified with the query results of a multiple company search in the Company Listings, just click on the Download Data symbol. After a moment you will be asked whether you want to Open or Save a companies.tsv file. Click on Save (noting the name of the folder it is being saved in). Afterwards you can import this file into your contact management , database or mail merge application using your software's import features for a tab-delimted text file.

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How are Company Listings database Companies different from Profile Companies?
Profile Companies are Company Listings Companies that have also chosen to publish more in-depth information about their business. A profile lets a company say more about its operations or its plans for the future. It also highlights one or more top executives who are leading that company.

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How much does it cost to list my business in the Company Listings?
There is no fee to have your business listed in the Company Listings. If your company matches our criteria and you are not yet listed, please contact us.

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