Head Offices in Canada

This week, Statistics Canada released data from its latest Annual Head Office Survey, which sheds light on the landscape of head offices in provinces and major metropolitan regions across Canada. Our latest viz provides a visual snapshot of these data.

Overall, there were 2,773 head offices located across Canada in 2013, with almost two-thirds of these (66%) located within one of the following seven metropolitan regions: Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver.

At the metro level, it's not surprising to see Toronto with the most head offices--by a wide margin--at 702, followed by Montreal (392) and Vancouver (242), thereby rounding out the three largest metropolitan areas in the country by population. When considering the proportion of head offices that each metro region accounts for within their parent province, the top three list shakes down slightly differently. Most notably, Toronto falls out of the top three, with 64% of Ontario's head offices located there. Winnipeg leads the way at 83%, followed by Vancouver (76%) and Montreal (68%). It's worth noting that Calgary and Edmonton, each with relatively low shares of provincial head offices, together represent 84% of Alberta's head offices.

Enjoy, and have a safe and happy Halloween weekend!