Canadian Business Patterns (CBP) User Guide

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Canadian Business Patterns (CBP) is compiled from the Business Register, which is a repository of information on the Canadian business population. CBP provides counts of active business establishments by:

  • employment size ranges, including indeterminate (i.e., businesses such as sole proprietorships and partnerships, usually without a payroll)
  • geography groupings by province/territory, metropolitan areas, census agglomerations, census divisions and/or census subdivisions
  • various levels of industry classification (Standard Industrial Classification and North American Industry Classification System)

Access

Canadian Business Patterns (1988 to present) is available to McMaster users online via ODESI or DLI and through MILLS Library Data Service (1st floor).

To connect to CBP online via ODESI:

  1. Connect to Canadian Business Patterns via ODESI (Ontario Data Documentation, Extraction Service and Infrastructure) or DLI (Data Liberation Initiative). NOTE: If you see an Off-campus access to OCUL members screen, click on McMaster University.
  2. To access the data
    • via ODESI, scroll to the desired year and select the desired geography link from the list. NOTE: To view CBP data on non-library computers, you must download and install Beyond 20/20 Professional Browser. A free download (for Windows) is available at the Statistics Canada website.
    • via DLI, select Business and Financial folder > Canadian Business Patterns (CBP) > select desired year from list > select desired geography link from list
  3. Select a relevant dataset from the page displayed. Pick a dataset with the appropriate year, geography and industry code.
  • Not sure which dataset to select? Review the options in the table below.
Years 1988 to present
(CBP 1997-current, published 2x per year - June & December) 
(CBP 1988-1996, published 1x per year - December)
Geography CA
(CBP 1988-current)
Canada
PROV
(CBP 1988-current)
Province
CD
(CBP 1997-current)
Census Division (county, regional district)
CMA
(CBP 1997-current)
Census Metropolitan Area
CSD
(CBP 1997-June 2008)
Census Subdivision (municipality)
Industry Classification Code NAICS 2012
(CBP 2013-current)

NAICS 2007
(CBP 2007-2012)

NAICS 2002 
(CBP 2002-2006)

NAICS 1997
(CBP 1998-2001)

2, 3, 4 and 6 digit level
SIC-E 1980
(CBP 1988-2004) 
1, 2, 3 and 4 digit level

Searching

The following instructions apply to Canadian Business Patterns via ODESI which uses the Beyond 20/20 Professional Browser. Instructions for Canadian Business Patterns via DLI uses the Beyond 20/20 Web Data Server (WDS). Watch these video tutorials for WDS help.

Searching by Industry

  1. Ensure the industries dimension is selected (e.g.,  NAT. INDUSTRIES, NAICS). 
  2. If not already there, click on the industries dimension in the toolbar and drag & drop into the table.
  3. Click on the Search button CBP Search Icon
  4. On the Search screen,
    • select Field: Code
    • select Type of Selection: Find Next
    • type in your industry classification code (e.g., 448210) in the Text to Find: box.  
    • click OK
  5. Locate the item in the table and click on the relevant row to highlight it.
  6. Right click and select Show from the menu (this will suppress the other entries from display)

Sample Industry Search for Shoe Stores, NAICS 448210

Searching by Geography

  1. Ensure the geography dimension is selected (e.g.,  PROV/CSD, CA/CMA). 
  2. If not already there, click on the geography dimension in the toolbar and drag & drop into the table.
  3. Click on the Search button  CBP Search Button
  4. On the Search screen,
    • select Field: English Label
    • select Type of Selection: Find Next
    • type in a location (e.g., Hamilton) in the Text to Find: box.
    • click OK
  5. Locate the item in the table and click on the relevant row to highlight it. NOTE: Locations are listed from East to West. There may be more than one location with the same name. You may have to repeat your search to find the correct location.
  6. Right click and select Show from the menu (this will suppress the other entries from display).

Sample Geography Search for Hamilton, Ontario

Display Results

To move or switch the column and row dimensions of a table, click and drag the row or column and drop it in the new location. Sample Table Identifying the Number of Shoe Stores in Hamilton by Employee Size Range

 A sample table is displayed to the right:

NOTE: The indeterminate category consists of incorporated or unincorporated businesses that do not have a Canada Revenue Agency payroll deductions account. The workforce of such businesses may consist of contract workers, family members and/or owners.

Saving and Printing

Click on the File menu to select an output option

  • Save As
    • Select a location from the drop-down Save in menu.CBP Save As Menu
    • Type a name for your file in the File name field. 
    • Select a file format from the drop-down Save as type: menu 
    • Specify the location of the download using the drop-down Save in: menu (e.g., Desktop, My Documents)
    • Click Save.
       
  • Print
    • Select an appropriate Printer and Print Range on the Print dialog box.
    • Adjust Properties as needed.
    • Click OK to send to the printer.

Video Tutorials

Last Reviewed: January 17, 2016