Company Information

Getting Started

This research guide identifies online and print company resources, and addresses both public and private companies.

Types of Companies

Search for information on companies varies greatly depending on the type of company. Use a directory to determine whether a company is public, private or non-Canadian (international).


There is a great deal of information available on companies which trade on the stock market - SEC filings, annual reports, analysts' reports, news stories, books and case studies.


Information on private companies is usually limited to brief information in directories, news stories, and sometimes books.



The amount of information on international companies varies. If a company trades on the U.S. exchanges it must file annual reports (20-F) with the SEC. Other information can be found in directories, databases, newspapers and magazines.

Ticker Symbols


Ticker symbols are letters used to uniquely identify a public company. Many of the resources in this guide will identify ticker symbols, but one of the quickest way to find a ticker symbol is to use a free website like Yahoo! Finance or Google Finance.


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